Trencher uses and types

Trencher uses and types

Trenchers have a variety of different applications. If you need a machine that can successfully move lots of earth, as well as dig smooth and straight trenches, a trencher is the way to go! You can find quality trenchers at secondhand heavy machinery auctions, like Lyon Auction. Below is more information about trenchers, their uses and types and some ways to stay safe while on the job!

What is a trencher?

Trenchers are primarily designed for earthmoving. All trenchers have a steel chain with teeth to help it tear into the ground. They are able to break through tree root systems and dense earth as well as lift and move large amounts of earth. They’re similar to excavators, but excavators leave a lot more backfill and they’re better at working with different terrains. Trenchers are faster and better at creating clean trenches with a flat bottom and smooth, straight walls.

Trencher uses

Trenchers are used for cutting pavement, creating drainage, shoveling, digging for electrical wires, piping work and snipping tree roots. Wheel trenchers are able to break through concrete, rock and pavement. Chain trenchers can create trenches for pipes used in sewage and water runoff, and they can help remove excavated materials. Walk-behind or portable trenchers can dig up to four feet, and they have a blade that’s great for severing tree roots.

Trencher types

Now that we know some of the uses of trenchers, here are the different types!

Chain trenchers

Chain trenchers are designed like chainsaws, as they have a belt or chain to cut into the ground. They can cut narrow or deep trenches, depending on the project. They’re commonly used for utility companies.

Wheel trenchers

Wheel trenchers have a metal wheel with teeth to cut into hard and soft soil and dirt. They’re great in areas with different rock formations. Electric companies use them to put cables underground. You can use accessories to alter the width and depth.

Micro trenchers

Micro trenchers are used to dig small trenches, around two feet deep and up to two inches wide. They have narrower blades than other trenchers. Wire trenchers fall into this category, and they typically have a wire-feed system that automatically puts wires in the trench.

Portable trenchers

Portable trenchers are great for lawn work and landscaping. They can be operated by walking behind them. They’re most often used in diffing sprinkler systems and installing lighting or water lines. They’re more precise than a shovel and are less manual work.

Safety tips

Trenchers are easy to use, but you should always follow safety instructions. Always contact utility companies before digging up the ground to ensure the area is safe for digging, and mark where utility lines are to avoid injuries. Also, always use the right trencher for the job; you don’t want to damage a trencher’s teeth on rock when there’s a better one for the specific task. Establishing clear safety measures will ensure your crew stays safe and can get the job done on time.

Consider secondhand heavy machinery

If you’re looking for a trencher, consider purchasing secondhand heavy machinery from one of Lyon’s auctions! You want the best trenching equipment for the job, and we can help ensure you find the right equipment. Contact us today to find out more about our upcoming auctions!


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