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    Default Small trenching with a CUT?

    I am looking at doing some small trencjhing with my Montana 3644. I need to excavated some small very shallow trenches for burying 4" pvc pipe less than 1 foot deep. Is there anything available like a spade type attachment I can put on the fromnt of my tractor without buying a backhoe attatchment? I really don't wantto spend 4-7K for a back hoe but would like something less.

    Any body have any experieince with anything like this?

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    Default Re: Shallow trenching with a CUT?

    Sub-soiler. In Rolla it might take a couple passes. Depending on how much of it you have to do, you can follow up with a shovel or (for more than you want to shovel) a turning plow.
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    Default Re: Shallow trenching with a CUT?

    I think jeffinsgf has a good idea. Find something like this 2 in 1 attachment Tractor Supply has Tractor Supply Company - XB Middle Buster/ Sub-Soiler. You could make several passes using the subsoiler point, then bolt on the middle buster to clear-out the soft stuff. $140 not too bad if it's strong enough for your cut and your soil isn't real heavy/rocky.
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    Default Re: Shallow trenching with a CUT?

    If you want to spend more ::check out virigmfg.com
    their u-blade 30 inch model will go 4 foot,cost about $1200.
    Poor man's back-hoe.

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    Default Re: Shallow trenching with a CUT?

    There is a good thread on here somewhere with lots of pictures using a subsoiler or home made equivalent. Worth searching for.

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    Default Re: Shallow trenching with a CUT?

    Quote Originally Posted by JackMentink View Post
    I need to excavated some small very shallow trenches for burying 4" pvc pipe less than 1 foot deep.
    Any body have any experience with anything like this?
    I rented a ditch witch to do the same thing. Cost me $75 for a half day, laid 400 feet of pipe, took about an hour to dig the trench. Nice thing was the clean narrow cut it made, used the bucket to push the dirt right back in.
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    Default Re: Small trenching with a CUT?

    Have you considered a single middle-buster?

    Tractor Supply Company - Middle Buster

    is one that may work. We've used these for making ditches. You would need a blade to back-fill. It may not be pretty but it may work.
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    Default Re: Shallow trenching with a CUT?

    I made a couple of attachments that bolt to my weight box. One is for a narrow trench for wire, and the other is wide enough for the 4" black corrugated drain pipe.
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    Default Re: Shallow trenching with a CUT?

    This is an option as well, I am personally looking into one of these but want to get some feedback first which I havnt gotten yet.

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    Default Re: Shallow trenching with a CUT?

    I have used a subsoiler to make several passes and break up any roots or rocks then come back with a middle buster to clean it out. I did over a thousand feet of lawn irrigation this way. Actually I wish I had just rented a trencher and done it that way because of the mess and effort I went to doing it with a sub soiler and middle buster. I have about 500 feet to go this summer and will rent a trencher.

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