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trencher recommendations

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by el toro, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. el toro

    el toro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    whats up guys. I install about 3-6 irrigation systems per year, but would like to do more and am thinking of buying a used trencher. For a small system I rent a ditchwitch walkbehind trencher, for a big one I rent a big ride on trencher. the ride on is quick and digs deep but is expensive to rent and too big for some applications. the walk behind is cheap but takes forever to go through hard ground and roots. I guess my question is how good are dingos? I've never run one, but it looks like they would be a great cross between the two machines. they also come with a bunch of other attachments which is a plus. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
     
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,267

    Trenching? Or plowing? Soil permitting, a plow is the neatest, and you pay more for that neatness.
     
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,103

  4. londonrain

    londonrain LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,129

    Anything Ditchwitch.....end of story
     
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,267

    Vermeer makes a good heavy plow, not to mention trenchers. Local support is important, if you don't have a lot of experience with this sort of equipment.
     
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,103

    It's pretty site specific....the Vermeers & Ditchwitches do a great job, but tear the hell
    out of the site, making backfill & topdress expensive, not to mention hauling off the
    spoils the trencher brought up! If you're doing small residential, the Brown is your baby,
    we rented the big boys when needed. London needs the exercise, so he backfills!:laugh:
     
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,267

    If you can plow, you eliminate the backfilling requirements. I'd think Kentucky would be poly pipe territory, but only the person asking the question can know what he wants.
     
  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,103

    How can a person asking a question know what they want????:dizzy:
     
  9. zman9119

    zman9119 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    We use the LM-42 if we absolutely have to trench... if we don't, turn it around and plow away. Best of both worlds. We have 10 of them in operation at any given time, and they seem to be a pretty good machine.




    .mz
     

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