Mini Skid & Trenchers - Help Please

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by pblc, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    I run a dingo 425. I bought it used originally to use as a mini skid because alot of older homes in the older parts of Boston have to much limited axcess to get my full size skid in. After having the mini skid for a couple of months i sold my trencher and bought a trencher attachment and pipe puller attachment for the dingo. Both work great. My only complaint is that it is to slow when using it as a skid with a bucket or plow on it.
     
  2. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have owned and used multiple minis and skids. I recently sold a lot of equipment, but kept my Thomas 85 because it was really handy. The Thomas has a 36" foot print and a 20 hp kuboto engine. I can squeeze in tight spaces and still have the power and convenience of a skid. Down side is that it is not tracked and the power exceeds its size. Compare to a mini I think the biggest down side is that it has tip over potential. Personally I would take a tracked mini first (toro dingo) and a wheeled skid over a wheeled mini. You not gonna find a tracked skid as small as a tracked mini, but you will find a wheeled skid as small as a wheeled mini.

    Ps. We almost always use a sod cutter. Works great. Might be a regional thing.
     
  3. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Mike, those disc type trenchers don't work in C. Texas. Won't cut rock and hard clay based soils. They are good for outlining landscape beds though, however for the cost I can get two beaners to define edges without the noise.
    Taco fueled exhaust fumes are a problem sometimes but there is almost always a decent breeze - I just have to remember to stand up wind.
     
  4. RandalatA1Sprinklers

    RandalatA1Sprinklers LawnSite Member
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    Here in Wisconsin we use poly pipe (blue is the best). Usually 1 1/4 main and 1 inch laterals. I have done big commercial jobs with 2 inch class 200 mainline that was looped. Big resort with hundreds of heads and needed every pound of pressure running up and down hills.
     
  5. RandalatA1Sprinklers

    RandalatA1Sprinklers LawnSite Member
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    Mainline 12" deep so valve boxes fit right in with no cutting, laterals are 8-10"
     
  6. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
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    Trenching and cutting sod , sounds like like mid 1970's methods . Vibratory plows around here since the early 1980's . I did a demo with a dingo with a plow on it , way too slow .
    I have a trencher on a burkeen plow , I have used the trencher 2 times in the last 5 years , Once to lay in some 4 inch pipe , and once to trench for an electrician .
     
  7. Irrigation Contractor

    Irrigation Contractor LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would love to plow, but the rock down here is on 99% of the jobs that we do. We like the Dingo's but they just do not hold up in the rock and I spent almost $13,000 on parts and chains for just 2 - 320D's this past season. This is one of the reason's we have to charge what we charge and we do the repairs in house.

    Pulling pipe is so much faster than trenching, but add enough rocks to fill the bed of an import pickup truck on your average 12 zone system and we have to have equipment that may seem to be over kill by you guys up in the mid-west.

    Most people that do irrigation do not need welders and plasma cutters either, but we use them on a weekly basis. LOL
     
  8. Plasma cutters? I don't even like the sound of that. What state are you in?
     
  9. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
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    This thread is bad luck - I just smoked another hydraulic pump.
    Wash plate was scored all to hell - talked to the guys and found out they decided to "add" hydraulic fluid which wasn't - it was a bucket of used oil from my tractor.
    I swear if there was a bounty on dumbass employees I could retire tomorrow.
     
  10. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Refuse like that has a way of getting into places you don't want it.
     

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