I actually had one of these on my service vehicle back in 1979.  Someone 
manufactures them.  We would cut a slit and poke the drop in with a piece of 

From: Brian Webster 
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2018 7:06 AM
To: af@afmug.com 
Subject: Re: [AFMUG] Small Portable trencher

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> 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 <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> 

        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> 

          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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