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How to use a Turf Cutter

Is your garden looking tired and in need of some TLC? With Spring just around the corner it’s the perfect time to begin planning the rejuvenation of your garden!

Not only will we take you through a step by step guide on how to use our petrol turf cutter but we have also put together an easy to follow guide on how to re-turf your lawn. Our petrol turf cutter’s are ideal for both professional contractors and DIY gardeners with an upcoming landscaping project

THE MACHINE

Here at Hire Station we have specialised equipment designed to help you complete almost any possible project with ease and efficiency at a competitive price! When it comes to re-turfing your lawn, no machine is better suited to assisting you in the labour intensive operation than our petrol turf cutter.

Our petrol turf cutter has been designed to remove the top surface layer of lawns by cutting consistent strips of your lawns turf away from the soil quickly and effortlessly.

The time of year when you use a turf cutter isn’t too important as the robust machine can handle most situations but we recommend using the turf cutter at the beginning of Spring. We do recommend that you DO NOT use the turf cutter when the ground is practically hard (this would be periods around Winter or following long spells without any rain fall).

USING THE MACHINE

Before you begin to cut your turf you must make sure your lawn has been trimmed short and removed of any foreign objects such as stone or rubble which may damage the turf cutter. You can do this by hiring one of our 2 stroke petrol brush cutter’s or one of our lawn mowers.

Once this has been done, and using a simply garden fork, you must test the depth of your lawn to make sure it is at least 25mm deep. IF it isn’t then you cannot use our turf cutter machine, you will need to contact us and we will try and propose a solution.

STARTING THE TURF CUTTER

To start the machine follow these simply steps:

1. Switch the engine ignition switch to the ‘ON’ position.

2. Next turn the fuel tap, which is located on the engines carburettor, to the ‘ON’ position.

If the engine is cold or has not been operated recently set the choke lever on the carburettor to the ‘ON’ position.

3. Slowly pull the engines recoil handle until you feel it engage then with a firm grip on the machine pull briskly until the engine starts.

4. Once the engine is running slowly return the cord back to its starting position, DO NOT LET IT SNAP BACK.

5. After a few seconds, and if you have used it, you can return the chock lever to its ‘OFF’ position.

TURF CUTTING

Now it’s time to cut your turf, simple follow our step-by-step guide:

1. First of all position the turf cutter in the direction you wish to start cutting.

2. Next you need to set your cutting depth. This must be between 25mm and 40mm and is done by using the height adjustment knob.

3. Ensure the gear lever is in the ‘O’ position before lifting the drive lever on the handlebar. This will engage the drive to the turf cutter’s blade.

4. Lower the lifting lever to lower the blade into the ground.

5. Next move the hear lever from the ‘O’ position to the ‘I’ position. The machine will now begin to move, slowly cutting your turf as you do.

6. At the end of the strip, raise the lifting lever to raise the blade out of the ground.

After this reposition the turf cutter for the next strip and repeat the above steps until you have cut the entire section of the turf you desire.

STOPPING THE TURF CUTTER

To stop the machine follow these simply steps:

1. Release the drive lever.

2. Next switch the engine ON/OFF switch to the ‘O’ position.

3. Then turn the fuel tap lever to the ‘OFF’ position.

The engine will now shut off. Be careful as the exhaust cover may still be hot.

TIME TO TURF!

PREPARING YOUR LAWN FOR NEW TURF

Once you have removed your existing turf it is time to prep your lawn for the new turf.

1. Using a pitch fork, dig over the top 2-4 inches of soil removing all existing weeds, large stones, roots and other debris.

2. Next you need to level the surface. You can do this by raking over the surface in multiple directions; this will help break down any lumps of soil whilst also levelling the ground.

TOP TIP: when levelling the ground you can raise low spots by reusing material you’ve taken from higher sections of the lawn.

3. Before laying your new turf we recommend adding some general purpose fertilizer to the soil; this will help the new turf’s roots grow. Then lightly rake over the soil one last time before watering the ground to make sure it is correctly hydrated and moist. Be careful not to saturate the ground with water.

LAYING YOUR NEW TURF

You need to lay turf as soon as possible before it begins to dry out, so it is crucial you have the time and help (if necessary) needed to complete the job. You will also need a sharp knife to cut the turf and some wooden board to stand/kneel on whilst you work.

When laying your turf always work backwards. You need to avoid walking on freshly laid new turf so plan how you're going to lay the turf so you can work backwards always standing or kneeling on an unturned piece of ground. Leave the odd corners till last. These can be filled with small off cuts from the larger rolls you’ve already used.

Your last step is to water the new lawn well. You can use a hosepipe or a sprinkler for this and make sure the water penetrates into the soil below. To check this, very carefully lift the corner of a piece of turf and see if the soil is becoming moist.

Try to stay off the lawn for a few days whilst the roots bind into the soil (but this may take as long as a few weeks) and you can begin cutting the grass when it needs normally after 2-3 weeks but again this make take longer.

Now you can enjoy the looks of your new lawn all throughout the year!

Before returfing and after returfing

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Our order and collect service is available on all orders placed online, on the phone or in the local branch. However, you may not get the same special offers and prices as advertised on this site.

Our branch staff will show you how to use the machine in the branch, but please also note the hirer should collect so he / she knows how to use the equipment.  If you are collecting from us on behalf of someone else, please be aware we cannot be held responsible for any operating errors or faults.

When collecting from a local Hire Station branch please make sure you take two forms of ID and one must be photographic.  Hire Station may also require a deposit when you collect, so please ensure you take a credit card. Deposits will of course be returned when you return the item back to the branch.

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