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Hi,

Has anyone dug a trench with a Dingo with the 6" trencher attachment wider than 6"??

I have a lot of work I need to do and to save my back I was looking at renting a Dingo. The problem is, along with some general excavating with the bucket, I was going to use the trencher attachment to to dig BOTH trenches for 4" solid pipe and a french drain with perforated pipe.

My town stipulates minimum width for a french drain (drain tile) of 8 inches, and I understand the wider the better for a few reasons (clogging, capacity, etc.)

Instead of renting a dedicated trencher that will do a 8" or greater ditch,
I was wondering if I could dig a 6" trench and then dig another one right next to it for a 12-13" trench.
Not ideal I know....but it would save another $200....


If you have any experience and any ideas that might work for me...I appreciate it. I'd simply widen it with a hand shovel if I didn't have the two blown discs in my back :)
 

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I was wondering if I could dig a 6" trench and then dig another one right next to it for a 12-13" trench.
Ayuh,... Diggin' the 2nd trench will pretty much backfill the 1st trench...

A trencher uses the sides of the trench to move the dirt to the surface...
 

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Digging two trenches side by side can be a real pain. Save yourself a lot of trouble and get the right size trencher.
 

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Theres 2 ways to go do what you want to do with a trencher attachment.

First way to do it is to add a spacer kit that can turn the trenchers chain from a 6" wide chain to a 12" wide chain. You would have to buy the spacer kit and change the configuration of the chain, which is pretty time constuming.

The other way to do it is start to dig the trench and move the dingo left to right to widen the trench with the trencher. You have to make the trench as deep and wide as you go. If you decide to do one 6" pass with the trencher and then come back and do another pass right next to it. You will push the spoils back into the trench

Just start digging, move the trencher left to right to get the trench the width you want and as deep as you want it. Then move back a little, repeat the steps until your done.

Hope this helps

Trey
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Hi, Thanks for the reply....I was thinking maybe doing the 6" trench....then place plywood over trench #1 as I dig trench #2 next to it. The dirt will pile up on the plywood and I can dump it to the side of trench #1 when I am finished. This is last on my list of "to-do" of routing the gutter run-off into the sewer ...if I get to it in the allotted day rental with the dingo. Do french drains help at all with sub-surface water? I had two wall tie leaks on one side where I want to put the french drain. This is a newer home with a perimeter drain tile, full basement...of course..who knows if the builder did it correctly. It "seems" to be working ok. The water table is "high" in this area, and the gravel under my basement slab shows water....so I'm not sure if a french drain will help that situation with the sub-surface water. Thanks!
 
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