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Turf Cutters

I need to hire a turf cutter to remove a very long stretch of lawn . 

Two hire companies tell me they have stopped hiring out turf cutters due to abuse of the machines . 

I can however certainly get hold of one from another local hire company although the machines look a bit knackered to be honest 

the job is not local to the hire company should there be a problem with the machine .

Are hired turf cutters generally unreliable , Also do they have their limitations if so what are the other options ? 


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  • PRO

    I think the problem with them is people not using tcorrectly and trying to to use them too deep and too quickly. I have never had a problem with reliability with the one I hire and it's always done the job and saved a lot of time for the hire cost involved.

    • I would second that, I nearly always have to raise the cutting height, after the last person, when I hire one. Camons have found to be excellent.

  • PRO

    We use hired turf cutters regularly and couldn't imagine lifting old turf any other way before re-turfing, it's certainly a real time saver - no reliability issues for us, but as has been said just don't set the blade too deep, you can always run over the 'tough' spots again until you're happy - on a really large job (and where access is good) we might conside a digger to scrape the turf first


    • PRO

      Thanks for the replies i feel reassured .



      • PRO

        I just find a lot of hire tools can be 'DIYer' abused as many hire centres do not explain their use properly and then not fully checked before re-hire. Key is to find a good Trades Hire shop


        • PRO

          A good point Gary Thanks 

  • We used to hire, and the damn things were forever letting us down.  In 2007 we bought a groundsman turf cutter, and it's never let us down once.  We don't use it very often buit even so it must have paid for itself several times over.  The important thing is to still charge it to the job as if you'd hired it.

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