Yeah I was gonna say an edger is about the cheapest thing.
Only goes a few inches deep, but that's all you need.

------ Original Message ------
From: "Jon Lee" <>
Sent: 4/11/2018 1:25:27 PM
Subject: Re: [AFMUG] Small Portable trencher

Don't know if this would apply, but in the past I have used a sidewalk edger to install an "Invisible Fence" for dogs.

Off-Grid Networks

On Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 10:17 AM, David Coudron <> wrote:
We have been looking for something better as well and found the one you mentioned. There are some pretty neat walk behind products out there too, but more money and not very convenient. Today we use lawn edgers, which only get the cable down about 1.5”. It seems to be far enough, but would like it to be a little deeper. We also use an inhouse built mini-plow device that goes behind a lawn mower or 4 wheeler. That works pretty good, but is not convenient as we have to pull to the site on a trailer. However, we can plow in 300 ft in about 10 minutes with that. It has a spool holder and everything. . The shovel works, but is painfully slow and when the grass is really dry, it kills the grass as it dries out the sod that was flipped over.

For right now we are batching up the work and pulling a 4-wheeler to the site with the mini-plow, or if it is a one off situation, we use the hand held lawn edger. <>

A sawsall based product or similar would be ideal as the tech could always have it with them.


David Coudron

From: Af <> On Behalf Of Steve Jones
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 12:10 PM
Subject: Re: [AFMUG] Small Portable trencher <>

like this

but not 2 grand

On Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 12:01 PM, Josh Reynolds <> wrote:

A shovel? Push the shovel down, flip the grass on it's top. Continue for length of run. Lay cable. Flip grass back over. Push down with foot.

You can't even tell the grass was disturbed when done

On Wed, Apr 11, 2018, 11:59 AM Steve Jones <> wrote:

For these residential deals, we occasionally lose out on new customers because they dont want to trench cable themselves.

For this purpose it really only need 4 to 8 inches, just to stay under the sod.

Is there a device that attaches to a drill or sawzall? Maybe a chainsaw modified bar or a bucksaw trenching blade?

Not looking to get into a whole trencher, just something that ideally would fit in the truck on a shelf

Jon Lee
Off-Grid Networks

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