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  1. #11
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2000
    Posts
    126
    Location
    CA, Placer County
    Tractor
    1999 Kubota L4310 HST 4WD, R4 Tires, Folding ROPS, Kubota Canopy

    Default Re: 3pt trencher available?

    Hi Robert,

    I have rented a few dedicated ride-on Diesel trenchers to put in utility and water lines to 6 houses in our neighborhood. The Ditchwitch 3700 (43 HP) and Vemeer 4150 (50 HP) are nice machines that work well in our Sierra Foothills decomposed granite. The DW rents for $250 and day and the Vemeer rents for $350 per day. I like the Vemeer best because it easily digs a 5' deep trench. It is big enough to cut through a limited amount of solid rock (3'-3' rock bolders). I looked at the bradco 3Ph unit, but after using one of these dedicated trenchers, I quickly decided that this is one tool I will just rent when needed. The bradco would probably be fine for installing sprinkler systems and such but I will still rent a ride-on to make things go faster. The utilities we installed so far required 3500' of 8" wide x 5' deep trench. The neighbors did all the work ourselves. In fact, you can probably see 2" PVC pipes stubbed up along Auburn Folsom Road near Kingmont drive on your way to work... We are waiting for PCWA to come under the road and install the meters. Let me know if you want to talk more about trenchers.

  2. #12
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Posts
    1,055
    Location
    WVa
    Tractor
    Kubota L3710, Ford 5600, Case MB4/94, Kubota B6200

    Default Re: 3pt trencher available?

    I've got a Du-Al which is now made by Woods. The model 1250 was designed for tractors in the 15 to 35 hp range so it might work with your tractor. The trencher works well except of course for solid rock. Anything up to about 12", it will bring to the surface.

    You'll either need a creeper gear or hydrostatic.

  3. #13
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Posts
    8,121
    Location
    Shingle Springs California
    Tractor
    New Holland TC40D

    Default Re: 3pt trencher available?

    I think we are going to rent one. I was prety much in fact finding mode, and the facts were too $$$ [img]/w3tcompact/icons/grin.gif[/img]

  4. #14
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Posts
    370
    Location
    northern calif.
    Tractor
    JD-970

    Default Re: 3pt trencher available?

    Darren, I also have a Woods Du-All trencher. Mine is the model 1250-A with a hydraulic motor that is used to push the tractor and trencher along. This unit can be used with stick shift or hydro tractors.
    I have done a lot of trenching with absolutley no down time.

    cheers,


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