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There are various trencher sizes that can accommodate different project requirements. From small, portable trenchers that are often used in landscaping to the chain belt or heavy wheel that are used to excavate deep, wide trenches. We have plenty of trenching hire suppliers around Australia, so you can be sure that no matter the size or scope of your next job, you’ll find the best equipment to get it done.
Trenchers are similar to excavators, as they can both break through rock and soil. Unlike excavators, trenchers remove this material from the ground in a continuous movement. Trenchers are often used to dig trenches for pipes and come in two types: heavy wheel trenchers (also known as rock-wheel trenchers) and chain belt trenchers (commonly known as ladder trenchers). Suppliers on iSeekplant have both types of trenchers available depending on your project specifications.
Wheel trenchers are equipped with a wheel and buckets that sit on crawler tracks. The wheel rotates as it approaches the ground and then the bucket digs the dirt from the trench. These buckets move like a ferris wheel and the dirt is dumped out onto a conveyor belt as each bucket reaches the high-point.
Heavy chain belt trenchers vary slightly to wheel trenchers as they have the ability to dig deeper trenches. These trenchers can cost a little more to hire since they have more moving parts. Chain belt trenchers work in a similar way to rock-wheel trenchers, however the buckets are attached to a chain (the “ladder”) that descends to collect the dirt into the buckets. These resemble a giant chainsaw with intense power, suitable for working with hard rock to dig pipelines and lay telecommunications.
As you browse through trenching hire suppliers in your local area, keep in mind that the right machine will depend on the ground conditions and project size. For smaller sized jobs, ride-on trenchers can be used for road maintenance and cutting pavements. These small trenchers minimally disturb their surroundings and are controlled remotely or by radio. Whereas, the walk behind or portable trencher is even lighter and easier to manoeuvre on landscaping jobs like installing irrigation lines and edging.
Trenchers are ideal for installing lines under the ground, along with a variety of other applications. Trenching hire suppliers offer a range of heavy wheel trenchers, chain trenchers, micro-trenchers and portable trenchers for you to choose from. If you need help narrowing down your options, feel free to contact the iSeekplant team by calling 1300 691 912 or emailing email@example.com. Otherwise, you can use our get a quote tool for quick and competitive quotes.
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The term ‘trencher’ can cause a bit of confusion in the construction industry. The term can be applied to a range of machines - however, a true trencher is used to break through earth materials and, you guessed it, dig a trench. Trenchers are often used to excavate areas for pipes or cut through rocks to make room for other activities.
There are three main trenchers that you’ll find for hire in Australia. Self-propelled (walk-behind) trenchers can excavate a trench 3 to 16 inches wide, 12 to 48 inches deep and are great for space-restricted projects.
Compact ride-on trenchers can dig trenches up to 60 inches wide, upwards of 2 feet deep and are reliable for space conscious projects. Industrial track/rock wheeled trenchers are used in large-scale commercial projects and excavate 134 inches wide, with a depth of upwards of 6 feet.
While you’re going to need skill to operate a trencher efficiently, no, you won’t need a license. There isn’t such a thing as a ‘trencher license’ in Australia currently, although you’ll need to undertake training if you’re looking to be employed to operate a trencher.
Check out the average self-propelled trencher hire rates here:
With more and more options becoming available on the market, it’s important to distinguish which brands of trenchers are going to be a reliable option to hire. The best trencher brands in Australia include:
iSeekplant has a nationwide network of superior trencher hire suppliers operating in all capital cities from Brisbane to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne to Darwin, Perth and Adelaide. We also offer trencher hire solutions in all major towns and cities from Mackay down to Toowoomba, Ballarat and Hobart, and then across the country to Bunbury, Geraldton and Mandurah.