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Trenchers are valuable tools mainly used for excavating trenches, ditches or other deep channels in the ground. Trenching machine models are available in a wide range of sizes and types, enabling various trenching tasks to be completed successfully.
What does a trenching machine consist of?
A trencher for sale may be either chain driven (a chain trencher), or constructed using a wheel (a wheel trencher). Both types may be purchased as a trencher attachment or as a machine in its own right. Chain driven trencher equipment consists of a large belt or digging chain which is stretched around a curved frame, usually made of metal, called a boom. This type is sometimes called a chainsaw trenchers. The boom can be altered to different angles, allowing trenches of varying sizes to be cut. When in use, the trencher chain turns on the boom as the machine moves forward, removing soil and debris to form the trench. A wheel trencher (as the name suggests), is fitted with a toothed metal wheel instead of a chain and operates by biting into the earth in incremental chunks as it proceeds.
Varying sizes available
From smaller hand held trencher or portable trencher options through to enormous wire trencher and rock trencher options, there are a number of different sizes available. As trenchers undertake tasks as diverse as quarrying and road repairs, it’s essential to select the one which is appropriate for the job in hand. The specialist nature of this plant means that there are few generic options available, which is why trenchers hire or finding an affordably priced used trencher for sale is often a good alternative to purchasing a new item. The hazardous nature of trenching means that selecting the right choice for the job is absolutely vital.
Specialist features of a trenching machine
Depending on the industrial sector in which the machinery is going to be used, there are a number of variations of a trenching machine can be considered. A walk behind trencher for sale or other hand trencher, for example, is often an excellent investment for estate management, small holdings or other small scale enterprises. Landscape gardeners or park management services may benefit from the precision which a bed edger trencher or edger trencher can bring, whilst wire trenchers are a superb option when you have large amounts of perimeter fencing to lay.
Different trenchers for different soils
Obviously a rock trencher is the best tool for digging through uneven landscapes where boulders and pebbles are common. Generally wheel trenchers are more suited to environments where rocks or tree roots abound, whilst a tractor trencher provides superb tool for work in challenging, muddy conditions. Many companies opt for a skid steer trencher that enables close observation of the work whilst still keeping the operative safely elevated. Smaller enterprises frequently make use of a trenchers attachment, which can be used with a tractor or other plant when needed, then removed so that another attachment may be utilised.
Working with trenchers
The complex and dangerous nature of working with this type of equipment means that appropriate training is essential, particularly in an industrial environment. Luckily using smaller skid steer trenching equipment (a bobcat)is relatively straight-forward, particularly if operatives already have experience of using skid steer machines for other digging or loading tasks. A large cable trencher or one used for excavation in high risk environments requires significant amounts of training to use safely, both in terms of machine operation and also awareness of variables which may present a significant danger, such as unexpected obstacles or unstable ground.
Trenching Machine manufacturers
There are several major suppliers of trencher plant, including DITCH WITCH, DIGGA, MARAIS and the VERMEER company. There is a large second hand market for items from these suppliers, due to both the high value of the products and also their incredible durability; with the right care many of these machines will last for decades, so a used DITCH WITCH trencher, for example, could still have years of useful life in it. Whether you opt for a walk behind trencher for sale or a different model, used plant is frequently a cost-effective solution to your trenching needs.