For actually opening up a trench I've got something similar to this:

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200643437_200643437

Works great.

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

> Then there's the manual version:
> T-Handle Trench Shovel
> <http://www.lewiscontractorsales.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=T23399&Store_Code=PAL&gdffi=6695d02f63ea49d99de40153f2e16d16&gdfms=91AC3FB05403417B9E5D25AE52FF3AFC&gclid=Cj0KCQjw5LbWBRDCARIsALAbcOdkLZxSEOIujO-B1CUNrLguMtcP_a23sRKzXI05-VLCHMyMOawbNa0aAk11EALw_wcB>
>
> 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.
>
> -Jon
> 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.
>>
>> https://www.amazon.com/BLACK-DECKER-LE750-Landscape-Trencher
>> /dp/B00004DTNH?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckd
>> uckgo-ffab-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&crea
>> tiveASIN=B00004DTNH
>>
>>
>>
>> A sawsall based product or similar would be ideal as the tech could
>> always have it with them.
>>
>>
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>>
>>
>> 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
>>
>>
>>
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hg04CmggTM
>>
>> 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
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>
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> Jon Lee
> Off-Grid Networks
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>
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