Recommendation for trenching tools?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Classic Lighting, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. Steve B

    Steve B LawnSite Member
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    Tim,

    Have you rented the Line Ward? I've never seen one our rental places here. I'm curious how they do with rocky soil.
     
  2. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
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    line a few other threads, this one has me thinking. take a stihl 250 r trimmer, with a 40 cc 2.3 horse engine ( about double the horsepower of my current edger) and it accepts an edger attatchment on bottom, convert edger to 10-12 inch, 2-3 stacked carbide sawblades...
     
  3. Classic Lighting

    Classic Lighting LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds like a safety nightmare having a large saw blade on the end of a stick edger.

    Thanks for everyone's insight. Guess I will stick with the spade. Cast makes a trench tool that I will buy and give it a try. Looks heavy duty compared to spades.
    http://www.cast-lighting.com/products/tools/installation-tools/136/
     
  4. BeSeenGraphics

    BeSeenGraphics LawnSite Member
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    I had a Brown Manufacturing Trenchmaster with a 1/2" clay rotor. The thing was a beast. I'd cut through anything with that bad boy. We hit wires a couple times in trailer parks....hehehe. I had my laborer get the tape out since he hit it.
     
  5. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have the trenchmaster from brown. It is a beast but like I said we can do it nearly as fast and alot cleaner by hand. Mine is set up with the 1.5x7 inch blade.

    On the cast trench tool... I know some guys in use em but they are real havey... picking it up and slamming it down alot really wears me out. I have one here and a wider one I got from fold.

    Still preffer a good flat spade... similar to this http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=229821-302-1546200&lpage=none but we get the nice fiberglass ones. Lowes also carries a shorty shovel thats great for tight work around transformers and huge tree roots.
     
  6. djt22

    djt22 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
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  7. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    an 8 inch stick edger blade brand new at full depth will cut around 3 inches deep not to mention it wont be wide enough. I wouldnt even consider it as an option.
     
  8. drewguy

    drewguy LawnSite Member
    from D.C.
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  9. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
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    amazing this thread has been resurrected. after breaking,welding back and rebreaking a half dozen flat spades over the last 18 months, about 6 months ago I welded up a very good tool for cutting a slit in turf and beds. take a tool called the mutt, which looks like a cross between a log splitter blade and a chisel. it has a blade about 4" wide, aprox 1/4" thick, I welded a 1/4" thick, 1 1/2" wide angle iron about 18 inches long onto the top of the metal blade to act as foot pegs. jump on, and unless you hit solid rock, it will easily sink to 4-6" deep. wiggle back and forth, and you have your wire trench.

    I still hate it, and 95% of the time have the guys do it. they no longer use the spade because the modified mutt tool is so much easier and faster.

    we just completed a tree uplighting job involving about 18 trees that involved a ton of turf, and it would have been far easier and faster to use some machine.

    I still believe if hand digging wire was the best way to do turf, then all the invisible dog fence guys would do it that way. they don't.
     
  10. The Lighting Geek

    The Lighting Geek LawnSite Senior Member
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    YEAH, what Tim said! :)
     

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