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Ride-on trenchers will have an operator’s chair with access to a steering wheel, joystick controls for the trencher and other attachments, and status monitors. All trenchers will have a blade, most commonly with a digging chain. Most models also come with a backfill blade. A few examples of other attachment options are the following: backhoe, earth saw, vibratory plow, and micro trencher. Micro trenchers look like a circular saw blade; the word micro describes the trench size being dug, not necessarily the trencher itself. Micro trenchers are used to cut asphalt and bury fiber optic cables. Often trenchers will have a boom arm opposite the trencher to operate a bucket attachment.
How ride-on trenchers work
The tooth-covered chain rotates around the trench blade as the operator lowers the blade to the ground. The teeth dig into the dirt, clay, sand, rock, or other material creating a trench. Average trenchers are capable of digging trenches up to 5ft deep and 6”-12” wide. Different digging chains are available to suit the material you are digging into at your jobsite.
About ride-on trenchers
Ride-on trenchers are used to dig narrow ditches, called trenches, in the ground. They are most frequently used to bury utility cables and pipes. A long, narrow attachment extends from either the front or rear of the tractor. This is surrounded with a tooth-covered chain similar to a chainsaw.