Trenchers

Dig phone, cable, TV or electrical trenches with ease with our walk-behind trenchers. This earthmoving equipment is ideal for plumbing and irrigation trenches as well. We offer ditch witch trenchers, ride-on trenchers and other popular brands for general contracting work for deeper utilities like sewer lines. 

Walk-behind trenchers are like walk-behind ergonomic compactors, but instead of a vibratory plate, trenchers are affixed with a rotating chainsaw-like chain with auger teeth or scoop buckets to break up soils and remove them from a narrow area, creating a trench. 

 

FAQs

Should I use a walk-behind trencher or a ride-on trencher?

  • The right trencher for you will depend on the job and the conditions of the worksite. If you are a DIYer digging a dirt trench for utility work such as cable, telephone or pipes, then a walk-behind trencher will be ideal. If you are digging deep utility trenches in rocky landscape, a ride-on trencher with higher horsepower would be the most productive and the safest. 

Can a trencher cut through roots?

  • Trenchers can cut through small roots, but take caution: Trenchers were designed to remove soil, and you can damage the equipment if you force the machine onto a large root. If you have a lot of roots to clear, a small excavator with a rake attachment would be the best option. If you have a limited number of small roots, ensure your trencher has a strong carbide blade and higher horsepower. Then clear the dirt around the roots with the trencher so you have a clear view of them. Position the trencher to one side of the root, start the trencher, lower it onto the soil next to the root and move the trencher into the root. Do not force the trencher into the root, but be firm. Make several cuts into different sides of the root until it is torn up and out of the trench. 

Can you trench frozen ground with a walk-behind trencher?

  • Typically walk-behind trenchers do not have the horsepower or torque for trenching frozen ground. Ride-on trenchers are the standard for frost. If it's a light frost and the soil underneath is soft, a walk-behind trencher with a pointed carbide blade will be able to break up the frost. However, a walk-behind trencher may take a long time and be insufficient.
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Cat Class Code
930-1540

Cable Plow, 25 HP

  • Maximum digging depth up to 16.2"
  • Heavy-duty, durable construction
  • Easy to operate
  • Ride-on vibratory plow
  • Uses: Ideal for digging shallow trenches for utilities, cable for phone or TV
  • Add this cable plow to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
930-1520

Ride-on Trencher with Backhoe

  • Digging depths up to 77"
  • Backfill blade up to 64" wide and up to 15" high
  • Hydrostatic ground drive for easy operation and low maintenance
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for digging trenches for utilities, plumbing and irrigation
  • Add this ride-on trencher to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
930-1300

Ride-on Trencher, 24-30 HP

  • Digging depths up to 48"
  • Cutting widths from 4-8"
  • Hydrostatic ground drive for easy operation and low maintenance
  • Forward/reverse drive
  • Uses: Ideal for digging trenches for utilities, plumbing and irrigation
  • Add this ride-on trencher to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
930-1620

Ride-on Trencher, 32-50 HP, Rock Saw Wheel

  • Forward and reverse ground drive
  • Tier 4 diesel engine
  • Hydraulic ground drive pump and attachment pump available
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for sawing through rocks, tree stumps and more for trenching
  • Add this ride-on rock saw trencher to your cart now
Cat Class Code
930-1440

Ride-on Trencher, 50-70 HP

  • Digging depths up to 60"
  • Cutting widths from 6-12"
  • Compact design, tight turning radius for confined spaces
  • Automotive-style steering featuring easy-to-use controls
  • Uses: Ideal for digging trenches for utilities, plumbing and irrigation
  • Add this ride-on trencher to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
930-1630

Ride-on Trencher, 51-69 HP, Rock Saw Wheel

  • Compact, powerful and low-noise diesel engine
  • Ground drive components
  • Backfill blade attached
  • 2-speed forward and reverse
  • Uses: Ideal for sawing through rocks, tree stumps and more for trenching
  • Add this ride-on rock saw trencher to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
930-1090

Trencher, 5 HP

  • Digging depths up to 12"
  • Cutting widths up to 3"
  • Cable installer available
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Cat Class Code
930-1470

Trencher, 70 HP And Over

  • Front and rear steer
  • 4-cylinder diesel engine
  • Up to 3-speed forward/reverse
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Cat Class Code
930-1102

Walk-Behind Trencher, 11-15 HP, Tracks

  • Digging depth up to 36"
  • Cutting width from 4-6"
  • Hydraulic steering forward and reverse
  • Gas/LP/Diesel power options
  • Uses: Ideal for digging trenches for utilities, plumbing and irrigation
  • Add this trencher to your cart now
Cat Class Code
930-1200

Walk-behind Trencher, 16-23 HP, 48 in. Depth

  • Operator safety handles with automatic stop release
  • Hydrostatic drive for easy operation and low maintenance
  • Color-coded controls for quick recognition
  • Digging depths up to 48"
  • Uses: Ideal for digging small- to medium-sized trenches for utilities, plumbing, cable TV and irrigation
  • Add this power trencher to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
930-0003

Walk-behind Trencher, 5-15 HP

  • Digging depth up to 24"
  • Cutting width from 2 1/2" to 4"
  • Self-propelled or operator-propelled models available
  • Upright position reduces strain on operator
  • Uses: Ideal for digging trenches for utilities, plumbing and irrigation
  • Add this trencher to your cart now
Ride-On Trencher Pack Shot
Cat Class Code
930-1350

Ride-on Trencher, 32-50 HP

  • Digging depths up to 60"
  • Cutting widths from 6" to 12"
  • Compact design; tight turning radius for confined spaces
  • Automotive-style steering featuring easy-to-use controls
  • Add this trencher to your cart now
Walk-Behind Trencher
Cat Class Code
930-1101

Walk-behind Trencher, 11-15 HP

  • Trench width maximum up to 6"
  • Hydrostatic drive for easy operation and low maintenance
  • Color-coded controls for quick recognition
  • Digging depths up to 24"
  • Add this trencher to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
930-1230

Walk-behind Trencher, 18-27 HP

  • Trench width maximum up to 8"
  • Hydrostatic drive for easy operation and low maintenance
  • Color-coded controls for quick recognition
  • Digging depths up to 48"
  • Add this trencher to your cart now