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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: