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Old 04-19-2011, 06:19 PM   #1
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Question any one build a sod cutter for garden tractor

Has anyone built a sod cutter for a JD 212 or similar size garden tractor ? if so do you have pictures or plans? how well did it work ?
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Old 04-19-2011, 06:55 PM   #2
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I've been wanting to take on a project like this for my Bolens....Here are a few quick links I found:
http://ventrac.com/products/attachments/EC240/
http://www.stevenchalmers.com/Gravel...r/CU_Sod.shtml
http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/a...r-img00111.jpg
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:21 PM   #3
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ok wow those are front mounted I would not have expected that I was thinking it would go on the back like a tiller
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I kind of like the idea of front mount, more maneuverable and you can watch what you are doing.
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:24 PM   #5
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wouldn't be harder on the garden tractor up front
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:50 AM   #6
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The only downside I can see to having it on the front would be traction and angle of the tractor during cutting.

If you made the sod cutter the width of the tractor you'd then be driving over sod that that you just cut. If you made it narrower than the tractor and cut successive rows out then one side of the tractor would be on dirt (where you just cut the sod and rolled it up) while the other side would be on grass (where you haven't cut sod out) and would be titled by the thickness of sod you just cut. Then again the angle of cutting would be the same if it was front or rear mounted.

I've used a sod cutter before and it beat the ever living crap out of me, so a tractor mounted one is very interesting. That sod cutter also had the knife behind the drive wheel(s). From what I remember the knife kept wanting to pull up out of the sod. Pushing down on the back of the sod cutter to keep the knife down made the drive wheels light and would then not propel the sod cutter forward. It was a constant battle, and a heck of a workout. Though I can't see how it couldn't be adapted to a garden tractor somehow.

Keep us posted if you get it working.
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:09 PM   #7
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I was only thinking about 12"-14" wide cuts of sod. I have some good sections of grass mostly out back that I would like to take just a little at a time (and let it grow back in that spot) then put it out in the front yard where I have trash grass but just doing a little at a time depending on time, physical ability and sanity.

I didn't figure renting a hand sod cutter was practical either physically or economical for just one or two cuts here and there that's why I wanted to make a homemade one or at least that the idea
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I was originally thinking of a powered sod cutter attachment. Then was wondering if the tractor itself had enough power (and traction) to possibly push a manual type sod cutter through the ground. If so then a simple hitch could be made up to mount a non powered sod cutter to the front axle, and if you have hydro lift you could push down on the sod cutter enough to lift the front wheels off the ground. That'll help serve two purposes, first keep the sod cutter in the ground with the weight of the tractor, and second the roller on the sod cutter would follow the contour of the grass and not how the tractor may or may not be tilting.

Or, pretty much like the one in the first link that Justin posted.
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