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    Default trenching.....again!!!Sorry!

    Hey guys,

    I know this has been discussed MANY times in the past but I want to know what is the tool of choice for trenching less than 2 feet. Is it a middle buster(potatoe plow) or a sub-soiler. And what kinds of depth can you get and will it remove the dirt from the trench. I just rented a walk behind trencher for the daY AND AFTER I took it back I realised I had forgot two trenches. WOOPS!! Well, I wanna get the implement tomorrow so let me know what you think.

    Thanx,

    JerryinPa

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    Default Re: trenching.....again!!!Sorry!

    And yes I know I could do a search on here but my computer is OLD!! AND SLOW!!! Would take me forever .

    Thanx

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    Default Re: trenching.....again!!!Sorry!

    My tool of choice is the middle buster, 3 passes and I can get 16 - 18" deep.

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    Default Re: trenching.....again!!!Sorry!

    <font color=blue>my computer is OLD!! AND SLOW!!! Would take me forever </font color=blue>

    The speed and age of your computer has no effect upon how long the search takes. Feel free to search as often as you'd like. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: trenching.....again!!!Sorry!

    Barticus,
    i think the subsoiler has a smaller engaging "blade" versus the mibble buster which has a wider "plow type blade". Of course I don't own either one, I'm just trying to crank up the ol' memory banks here.

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    Default Re: trenching.....again!!!Sorry!

    Jerry:
    I've used the middle buster approach and I'm about to try the sub-soiler approach.

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.tractorbynet.com/forumfiles/33-36477-electricline.jpg>Here</A> are pictures of when I used the middle buster to run phone/electrical lines from my house to my barn (about 130'). I got down about 14" or so with the middle buster. It does remove the dirt from the trench.

    On the other hand, you can lay flexible poly pipe or underground cable with the sub-soiler approach and not have to back fill the trench.

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    Default Re: trenching.....again!!!Sorry!

    Jerry, You don't have to make a trench that needs to be covered up and replanted. Whatever you get(potato plow or subsoiler) make sure you can put on a spear point for extra depth and it's long, both above and below the 3 point hitch plane.This is important, if the top part of the implement is short, at depth the toplink will be sharply angled down and easily gets bent as you go along because of compression. The shank needs to be narrow left to right and get its strength from being long front to back Take gray plastic electrical conduit (twice the diameter of whatever you going to feed into the "slit"), soften it up by putting it on a car exhaust as an extension and gently fashion a near 90 degree curve. Attach to the back of the shank with several worm gear clamps so it point backward at the bottom of the slit behind the tip of the spear point. One person drives slowly and the second one feeds in the the wire or poly tube. A slit remains that can be smoothed out by driving the rear tractor tire over it. In a week or two you won't be able to see where you've been.

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