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Sod Cutter Rental - 18 Inch Cutting Width

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Manufacturer: Billy Goat
Product Code: SC180H

Whether it's for a new garden or yard, Portland homeowners love to tear out grass and sod. We went on a search for the most maneuverable sod cutter on the market and this is what we found. This sod cutter is self propelled and includes simple variable speed controls at the tips of your fingers. It's extremely maneuverable and has an 18 inch cutting blade. Best of all, this sod cutter has reverse for backing out of those tough spots. It has a swiveling castor wheel on the back that allows the machine to cut curved landscape features or perfectly straight lines. The blade depth is controllable so you can set the cutting deepth as deep as 2.5 inches.
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Recommended Protection
  Eye Protection Required  Ear Protection Required  Foot Protection Required
Frequently Asked Questions

Does the sod cutter require a lot of physical labor?
No. It's self-propelled. This means that the large wheels under the machine will pull it forward so all you have to do is steer.

How much fuel does the sod cutter use?
This Sod Cutter is very fuel-efficient. Most projects will require less than a gallon of gas from start to finish.

How long does it take to cut 1000 square feet of grass/sod?
It really depends on the operator and how you plan to deal with the sod after you cut it. If you have someone rolling up the sod and moving it out of the way , while you are cutting, then you can possibly cut 1000 square feet of sod in about 2 hours.

Is sod heavy?
Yes. Depending on moisture levels, a 5 foot by 12 inch section of sod can weigh up to 60 pounds. You don't want to try to roll up a long row of sod. Instead, you should plan to break it up in to manageable sections. Otherwise, you can find yourself straining to pickup and move large 100+ pound rolls of grass and dirt.

How close can I get to concrete curbs, paths, and sidewalks?
You can usually visualize the distance between the cutting blade and a concrete path by simply looking around and down between the front and back wheels on the side closest to the concrete. Use your hands, eyes, and ears to determine if you are too close to the concrete. If you feel or hear unusual sounds (like metal rubbing concrete) or if you see the blade within an inch of the concrete then steer the machine away from the concrete. This does not require a significant change of course, but rather a gentle nudge away.

How long will I need it?
The average Portland area home owner is done cutting within 2 hours.

Does it have reverse?
Yes. This sod cutter has variable forward and reverse speeds.

Should I water the area before sod cutting?
Yes, during the hot summer months the ground can dry up and become as hard concrete. Heavily irrigating the work area the day before helps loosen up the soil prior to sod cutting.

How do I know if I need to water the work area before sod cutting?
Try stabbing a butter knife or screwdriver down into the ground. Measure the depth of the penetration. This will give you a good indication of soil hardness. If you get a shallow penetration (like 1 inch) then try adding water to the area and repeat the test an hour later. This should give you a rough idea of how much to water the work area. Remember, you are trying to increase moisture levels deeper down into the soil. This will mean watering for longer periods of time and allowing several hours for the moisture to penetrate down into the ground.

  • Lift sod from fairways to allow for drain trenching
  • Stripping turf from tee boxes and practice greens
  • Remove or expand shrub and flower beds
  • Remove grass to install a patio or walkway
  • Relocate sod to create a vegetable garden

Usage Videos
Kevin - Apr 8, 2012
I rented a sod cutter and rototiller from YardRents and was very impressed with the service. Dan and Jordan arrived right in the middle of my requested delivery time window (and sent me a text message heads-up an hour before with their projected arrival time), the tools were clean and worked perfectly, and the hands-on tool lesson they provided was just right. YardRents does the hard work of delivering and picking up the tools, so you can spend your energy in the garden. I'll certainly be using their service again.
Aurelia - Apr 22, 2012
I am 5'3" and weigh 117 - I used the sod cutter alone. Bit difficult turning but thanks to the patience and expertise of the two who delivered the machine was able to complete the project. They were on time, very very helpful and picked up when promised. What a great company - and great people who work there!!!
Joanna B. - May 6, 2012
What a great service! We needed a Sod Cutter and a Rototiller on consecutive days. YardRents delivered both items allowing our project to progress seamlessly. Their service, instruction and professionalism is unsurpassed. Today I placed my third order with YardRents and plan to use them as long as my "heavy" equipment needs continue. Not having to rent a trailer or borrow a truck to get the equipment home is priceless.
Ryan - May 20, 2012
Great company!! So far I have rented a sod cutter and a Rototiller and have really enjoyed the service. They have been great about dropping off the equipment and really taking the time to make sure we knew how to use everything. I look forward to working with them in the future and highly recommend Yardrents!!
Joseph H. - May 31, 2012
YardRent's service was very prompt, professional, helpful, and friendly. I rented a sod cutter, and it was VERY helpful that they delivered it, demonstrated how to use it, and patiently made sure that I actually knew how to use it. Since they delivered the machine, I didn't need to rent a truck or a trailer, and so it was cheaper for me than renting at the local big box store, and much more convenient. I will definitely use them again.
Matthew k. - Jun 4, 2012
What a awesome service. Sod Cutter delivery and pickup with hands-on instruction made killing my lawn a breeze! Recommended!
Laszlo - May 1, 2012
These guys are great. I had to rent a sod cutter, but had never used one before. They made sure I understood how it worked and gave me a few helpful tips. The sod cutter saved me so much time and was such a good value considering the delivery and pick up. I will definitely use Yardrents again on future projects
Blair R. - Apr 25, 2014
Super positive experience with YardRents. They were on top of communications, showed up at my house with a clean sod cutter running in great condition, and made sure I knew how to use it before they left. I would use them again and recommend them to friends.
Janel L. - May 20, 2013
I love working with YardRents! We are in the process of replacing our lawn with native and edible plants. Last week we removed the sod and today we used the tiller package to till in compost, grade, roll and smooth out the soil and then overseed with a cover crop (crimson clover) until our garden design is complete. Loren has delivered the equipment to us both times, teaching and demonstrating how to use everything. He is always patient with our questions and glad to revise the delivery times should we complete the projects early. I also appreciate the rates and how easy it is to order the equipment and delivery online!
Donna A. - Sep 10, 2013
I found YardRents by accident looking on-line for a sod cutter. This was my first time dealing with a strictly internet business. I was a little hesitant, but it couldn't have gone better. Loren showed up 20 minutes into my delivery window, brought clean, new, up-to-date equipment. He showed us how to use the equipment and stayed until we tried it on our own. He even helped by lending his own muscle.

We rented the Yard to Garden package. So we went from cutting and removing sod to rototilling the ground without any loss of time. We were done well within our 4 hour window, called the office and Loren came and picked up the equipment.

I will always go to YardRents for equipment rental. The price was compatible with other rental businesses, but the prompt delivery and pickup made all the difference. Well, that and Loren was helpful, professional and knowlegable.

I would recommend them to anyone. The only thing that would've made the job easier is if someone else had done it for me! (Sod gets very heavy)

Lizzie E. - May 6, 2013
This service is terrific. We needed to cut out about 2k square feet of sod, but a sod cutter does not fit in our tiny hatchback. Found YardRents, and it turns out for roughly the price of a Home Depot rental you can have the equipment dropped at your door and picked up when you're done. Loren also gave us a demo and helped us get started. We will definitely be renting from this company again in the future!!
Paul L. - May 16, 2013
The service is great! I found YardRents online by accident. I was trying to figure out how to get a sod cutter to my house, it wasn't going into my honda. I even ordered it late for the next day. The online program was easy to figure out. They were very nice, prompt, professional, even went out of their way to help me with some muscle and went through almost 3000sf of lawn in less than an hour. I am glad i ordered the extra gas. I will recommend them to all my friends and will use them again myself.
Lizzie F. - Jun 15, 2013
Amazing service! Yard Rentals delivered the sod cutter I ordered right on time and ended up cutting everything for me! I will be using Yard Rentals for all of my future projects.
Kevin - Apr 8, 2012
I rented a sod cutter and rototiller from YardRents and was very impressed with the service. Dan and Jordan arrived right in the middle of my requested delivery time window (and sent me a text message heads-up an hour before with their projected arrival time), the tools were clean and worked perfectly, and the hands-on tool lesson they provided was just right. YardRents does the hard work of delivering and picking up the tools, so you can spend your energy in the garden. I'll certainly be using their service again.
Karin S. - May 3, 2014
My friends and I took out my back lawn with a Sod Cutter from Yard Rents. It has reverse so it was a breeze. This company is awesome. They deliver and pick up the equipment. They text you their ETA and tell you literally if they are going to be 5 minutes early or late. They stay and make sure you know the equipment. Fabulous company! Really!!
Bill C. - Jul 25, 2014
My wife decided it was time to change our front yard and so we started to manually tear out the front lawn... pretty soon we realized we had bitten off more than we could chew and being mid morning on a Saturday I was dreading going to Home Depot to rent the truck and the sod cutter... I was searching for other options when YardRents came up and was amazed that according to their website I could have a sod cutter delivered in a few hours at a cost far less then Home Depot. So I went ahead and booked one to be delivered in about 2 hours time, still very skeptical that this would work out. Within 20 minutes of placing my order Ian called and told me he had my order and in fact could delivery it in the next 20 minutes. Sure enough he arrived with the sod cutter and after a few minutes of instruction I was happily tearing out my front lawn.

All I can say is that this service is incredible!!!!! I would recommend it to everybody and I will definitely use them again.

Thanks Again made my weekend far more enjoyable than it was shaping up to be.

Nicole G. - Sep 28, 2014
Ian and team were great to work with! We rented a yard package to till and seed our brand new backyard. It was easy to set up the appointment and they arrived on time on the delivery day. Ian showed us how to work all of the equipment and gave us lots of helpful tips and pointers as new home (yard) owners. We'll definitively use their service again for our next big project.
Operator Manuals

Speed: Up to 135 ft. per minute
Cutting Width: 18 inches
Length: 53 inches
Height: 40 inches
Weight: 348 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: .82 Gallons
Cutting Speed: Up To 200 square feet per minute
Engine: 163cc Honda GXV160
Max Cutting Depth: 2.5 inches
Machine Width: 26.5 inches
Prior To Using the Sod Cutter

Evaluate the terrain to determine how to safely perform the job.

Clear the area to be cut of objects such as rocks, toys, wire or other debris that may be thrown or get tangled in the sod cutter.

Be sure the area is clear of pets and people, especially young children. Never assume they will remain where you last saw them.

Plan to cut sod only in daylight or in good artificial light.

check with the local authorities for underground utility location and depth. Do not operate where there is any risk of contacting underground utilities.

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