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How to use a Turf Cutter

Turf Cutter Guide

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! 

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).

Turf Cutter

Using the Petrol Turf Cutter

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.

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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.

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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.

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Turfing Guide

  1. Prepare the soil by skimming off any old grass with the petrol turf cutter, be sure to remove any large stones and weeds, and then roughly levelling by flattening humps and filling hollows. Fork over the site and rake level to leave a fine finish.
  2. Firm the soil by walking over, placing weight on your heels and rake again. Sprinkle a granular fertiliser over the soil and lightly rake into the soil and water well.
  3. Lay your first row along a straight edge, gradually unfolding the turf to avoid any damage. Place each piece closely up to the last and ensure good contact with the soil by pressing down firmly with the back of the rake.
  4. Lay the next row of turf, making sure the pieces of turf are pressed tight to the first row. Lay each row in a brickwork pattern until the area has been covered.
  5. Lay turf so it runs beyond the area of your lawn and trim edges with a straight edged board and a edge cutting tool. When finished, thoroughly soak the turf with several doses from a watering can.

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