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I'm using a small Brave trenching machine, but I have to maneuver it - it's not self-propelled.  It's darn heavy and really hard on my back.  I was thinking of pulling it with a winch.  

Anyone have any thoughts on that?  

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Best of luck on that one! The last one I used was a self-propelled, Ditch-Witch and even that was not easy. Be careful and stay healthy.

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I had to trench once through very loose sandy dirt.  So loose the self-propelled trencher kept bogging down.  I hooked up my tractor and had to pull it slowly with that.  Other times I've found that it can be difficult to keep a straight line.  Have fun!

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Had to tow one when we blew a hole in the Orbit motor return line. Hooked up the pick-up, just a little throttle, otherwise the feed chain would stall.

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On 7/5/2020 at 7:44 AM, folivier said:

.  Other times I've found that it can be difficult to keep a straight line.  Have fun!

I'm hoping a winch pull will result in a straighter line. We'll see!

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If you have access to one of the mini-backhoe units it may well be. A friend of mine used to have one of the tracked versions with a bucket that was only 6" wide and it was great, but requires more skill to get a nice trench than does a trencher. If you plan to rent, take a look at what Ditch Witch has. 

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2 hours ago, Kirk W said:

.. bucket that was only 6" wide and it was great, but requires more skill to get a nice trench than does a trencher. If you plan to rent, take a look at what Ditch Witch has. 

Yes, getting a flat bottom is the main advantage of a real trencher.  I looked at renting, but the ones in this town are huge, and I have some tight spaces.  The Home Depot doesn't rent here. Besides, I like the idea of having my own tool without having to be under a deadline to return an item.

This was a pretty expensive little trencher, so I'm gonna do my best to make it work. I have a winch coming soon. I won't be doing any more hand-pulling this thing.  It's about 240lb - well in excess of me.

 

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You must be dong a lot of trenching to justify buying the machine. Lucky for me, I am too far away to come and help!    😇

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On 7/4/2020 at 1:16 PM, hemsteadc said:

I'm using a small Brave trenching machine, but I have to maneuver it - it's not self-propelled.  It's darn heavy and really hard on my back.  I was thinking of pulling it with a winch.  

Anyone have any thoughts on that?  

Grumps told me.........."Kid, if you don't start getting better grades in school........you WILL find yourself digging ditches"

So......maybe Grumps was just spit-balling but..........I own a mini excavator AND a Ditchwitch 1230......both have dug a lot of ditches at various properties we own........AND........digging ditches is just another ......."degree of education"

 

I was a bit reserved to suggest the ........"Climb-ditching" method of ditcher trenching but it can be done ........IF.......IF you realize that it is a ............."ADVANCED HILLBILLY TRENCHER OPERATION"........

Obviously with "Climb-Ditching " the trencher chain tends to pull the trencher ahead naturally and the trick is that the hillbilly-operator needs to hold the trencher back from getting too large "bite" and then you might find yopurself trenching on land or flower beds that you do not own..........

 

If you decide to try "Climb-ditching" you might try it a few time in a open area about the size of 10 football fields and perhaps you might tie a rope around the spark plug wire and tie the other end to your belt loop sorta like the "Dead-man-switch" on a jet ski..........

 

If you decide to sue me your in good company............good luck finding a lawyer that dumb.......

 

Or...........perhaps go back to school and get better grades.........Grumps always said " Folks that got good grades in school have folks with poor grades dig their ditches"........

 

Drive / trench on..............of course the ditch has a curve in it.......the plans had a fold right there.......

 

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Pictures are quite the challenge on here.  How do you make them appear smaller?

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1 hour ago, hemsteadc said:

Pictures are quite the challenge on here.  How do you make them appear smaller?

Resize them with a utility app prior to uploading them.

Rob

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Just now, Second Chance said:

Resize them with a utility app prior to uploading them.

Rob

I was afraid that was the answer.  Yuck.

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