What Is Trenching Used For?
So, you’re trying to dig a hole? You’ve come to the right place. From pipe installation to underground wiring and more, trenching is often necessary for completing a variety of plumbing and electrical jobs. These industries in particular employ the use of trenching to perform a variety of tasks. The skinny and shallow holes that a GeoRipper minitrencher digs in particular are ideal for many jobs that private homeowners can get done themselves. Take a look at a few minitrencher applications below for both residential and industrial uses.
Install Sprinkler System
One of the most common yard projects popular among homeowners is installing a sprinkler system in the backyard. In order to get yourself that perfect lawn, you’ll first need to dig a trench. To know if the hole is too deep for traditional digging methods, determine if your climate is prone to freezing. If so, you’ll want to dig 10-12 inches deep to avoid frozen pipes. In warm climates without snow or freezing cold, depths of 8-10 inches is adequate.
But hang on, you’re not done measuring yet. Before digging, be sure measure the size of the pipe and add that number to the depth you chose. For instance, someone with a 3-inch pipe who wants 12-inch depth will be digging 15 inches total.
Minitrenchers can also be used for installing drainage pipes and agricultural irrigation systems. When placed with foil shields, they can provide groundwater protection against pollution and leaking sewage pipes.
Bury Underground Cable
If you want to connect underground cables in the backyard, whether it be for workshops, sheds, patios, ponds, large fountains and more, you can dig the trench you need in half the time with a mini trencher. For jobs requiring a dig that’s 24 inches deep or more, you’ll need a power trencher to reach that deep. In addition, other electrical jobs, such as connecting phone and cable tv, can be completed swiftly with minitrencher.
Do I need to use a trencher?
So, you’ve got to dig a trench of some kind. Unsure if the job you need to get done requires the use of a GeoRipper minitrencher? The depth and length, as well as the ease of maneuvering around obstacles will determine if you should use a trencher, and which kind.
Trench length & accessibility
Any length trenching job can be completed with a minitrencher. For the comfort of the operator, ride-on trenchers are usually recommended for holes longer than 100 feet. Beyond length, an important consideration to make when choosing a trencher is accessibility of the hole. For hard-to-reach areas such as building corners, backyard obstacles like pools or fences, and potential jobsite hazards around large equipment, a handheld trencher is the ideal choice.
Backyards also can have lots of trees and plants that can make complicated maneuvering more difficult with a large, ride-on machine. That being said, it’s important to know how effective the minitrencher is at slicing tree roots. Our electric trencher is really good at cutting through roots – sometimes a little too good. So even with a minitrencher, take care digging around those trees planted in the lawn because their roots are likely shallow and prone to cutting.
Dig a hole and get the job done with Minitrencher
Want to finish your trench dig in half the time? Dumb question, we know. Call us at Minitrencher and talk to one of our guys about leveling up your game with one of our handheld trenchers.