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Pipe puller vs. Trenching

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Landscape dawg, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. Landscape dawg

    Landscape dawg LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    I was thinking of buying a new trencher or a puller. I have never used a puller and do not know all the ins and outs. The labor saved by not having to backfill a trench seems like the puller should win hands down. I might buy one if I knew more about it. Any help or info would be appreciated.
  2. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,248

  3. we had always trenched them in, I bought a used trencher with a pipe puller. Had someone showing me how to pull and all I can say is wow, don't ever plan on trenching again.
  4. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,219

    what does everyone else in your area do? if they're not pulling pipe, there might be a reason.
  5. Beartooth

    Beartooth LawnSite Member
    Posts: 209

    Love to pull. Especially the rezzies. I have a puller for sale!!!!!!!!!
  6. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,390

    If I had to trench and do systems out of pvc , Im not sure I would even be in this buss.
  7. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,630

    I have had a puller (vibratory plow) since 1984 , I trenched in my first system in 1983 ,it was work , bought the plow inspring of 1984 , used machines werent out there much. I paid $23,000 for my burkeen , here it is 2009 I still run that machine . Go with the plow hands down
  8. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,673

    If you buy a used plow, treat it to a brand-new blade. A good blade can make all the difference.
  9. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,630

    Find your local ditch witch and vemeer dealer , demo their units either a 410 ditch witch or a lm 42 vemeer , dont go with anything smaller , you will never regret the power. If you dont know equipment be careful on a used machine , take someone that realy knows . The price of new will shock you , but demo the machine anyway ask if they have used . New you are talking over 30 grand , good used about 12 grand . I have had great service out of my burkeen b 30 , but they are out of production for a while , soon to be back up and running according to the company who bought them .
  10. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,673

    Is the company that bought Burkeen going to be able to support the older machines still out there?

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