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Tips and guides to help you find the right trenching

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1. What is a trencher?

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.

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2. What is the right trencher for my job?

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.

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3. Do you need a license to operate a trencher?

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.

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4. What are typical trencher hire rates?

Check out the average self-propelled trencher hire rates here:

  • Very small self-propelled trenching machine (75mm wide x 300mm deep) hire rate: $150 per day
  • Small self-propelled trenching machine (90mm wide x 450mm deep) hire rate: $165 per day
  • Medium self-propelled trenching machine (100mm wide x 600mm deep) hire rate: $210 per day
  • Large self-propelled trenching machine (125mm wide x 1000mm deep) hire rate: $310 per day

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5. What are the best Trencher brands?

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:

  • Ditch Witch
  • Vermeer
  • Toro
  • Caterpillar (Attachment)
  • John Deere (Attachment)

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