Filling in Trenches

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Bings, Jun 24, 2004.

  1. Bings

    Bings LawnSite Member
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    I'm going to be trenching with a trencher attachment on a skid steer. I'm curious how you guys are filling in your trenches? I am wondering about taking a old blade and bolting it to the bucket at a 45 degree angle anyone tried this? I'm trying to keep down the damage to lawns ect. and to speed up filling in those long runs. My father-n-law just bid a 1200' water line job, I'd like to figure something out pretty soon.
     
  2. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Posts: 1,891

    Many manufacturers now offer dozer blades. That's one option. Another is using the combo bucket and opening it so that the rear back of the bucket acts as a blade.
     
  3. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hor deep does it have to be ? What type of pipe? And what size pipe? I may have a better solution than trenching
     
  4. Bings

    Bings LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35

    the freeze line here is 18", so water lines have to be deeper than that, Power lines must be 30" deep. This water line is a 2" line but most of the ones we will be doing will be 3/4 or 1". So, trenching is pretty much a must. I'm just trying to get out of buying the expensive dozer attachment. I don't think it needs to be that heavy duty since the dirt will be loose. As far as using the bucket that's not a problem I ordered a 4n1 bucket. But I am afraid the back and forth motion will do a lot of damage to lawns.
     
  5. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,582

    Find a old snow plow , weld it up solid so it doesnt flip , make a bracket to attach it , it will work on loose dirt. If these are replacement water lines there are ways of replacing without digging up the lawn . Which are faster ,neater , and easier.
    On that 1200 foot run I would have a guy dirrectional bore the hole and pull a pipe thru , On runs 400 foot and less we shoot a mole thru the ground , and if its replacing poly pipe we pull a new pipe thru the old with a puller .
     
  6. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Posts: 1,891

    Ah-ha! I finally think I understand your problem lol

    Here's what I would suggest. If you're not into renting a track loader and a dozer blade (and drive parallel to the trench, once on each side), law down large sheets of plywood and drive over them. Aka...

    PLYWOOD

    Spoils
    Trench
    Spoils

    PLYWOOD

    If your trench is too wide or if your spoils are too distant from the trench, you might have to find a more suitable piece of equipment. If I think of anything, I'll let you know.
     
  7. Bings

    Bings LawnSite Member
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    Thanks everybody, I'm going to try making up something with an old blade. Now the search begins for the scrap parts.....
     
  8. Tevi

    Tevi LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Posts: 61

    Why don't you get a 3point attachment for your skidsteer and get a 3pt blade
     
  9. Bings

    Bings LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35

    Thanks Tevi, didn't realize there was a 3 pt. adaptor. Great Idea! I've got it ordered now. (that's a lot cheaper than the trench filler)
     
  10. Tevi

    Tevi LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Posts: 61

    Glad I could help.That's what we're all here for.
     

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