I thought this device looked interesting. Soil conditions obviously make a 
difference in how well it works. Kind of like the edger but modified for the 
wire purpose and more rugged. Chuck could probably build and sell these for 
everyone pretty reasonable or just go to your local welder and have them make 
one for you. 





Thank You,

Brian Webster




From: Af [mailto:af-boun...@afmug.com] On Behalf Of Steve Jones
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 5:33 PM
To: af@afmug.com
Subject: Re: [AFMUG] Small Portable trencher


Ive cut enough sod and hand trenched all im going to do anymore. Same reason i 
bought a compactor and quit hand tamping lime


On Wed, Apr 11, 2018, 2:34 PM Adam Moffett <dmmoff...@gmail.com> wrote:

Then there's the manual version:  

T-Handle Trench Shovel  


I've used a flat spade.  Stab into ground, jump on it so it goes all the way 
in, pull it out, move down a few inches, jump on it again.  You end up with a 
skinny slot.  Shove cable into the slot, stomp your boots on it to close the 
slot back up.



------ Original Message ------

From: "Adam Moffett" <dmmoff...@gmail.com>

To: af@afmug.com

Sent: 4/11/2018 3:29:17 PM

Subject: Re: [AFMUG] Small Portable trencher


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" <j...@off-gridnetworks.com>

To: af@afmug.com

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 <david.coud...@advantenon.com> 

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 



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




David Coudron



From: Af <af-boun...@afmug.com> On Behalf Of Steve Jones
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 12:10 PM
To: af@afmug.com
Subject: Re: [AFMUG] Small Portable trencher



like this

but not 2 grand


On Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 12:01 PM, Josh Reynolds <j...@kyneticwifi.com> 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 <thatoneguyst...@gmail.com> 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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