Every once in a while, a homeowner needs a great DIY project after his favorite team wins or loses in the Playoffs. Spring is right around the corner , and many of us are looking at Do It Yourself projects as I write this. It may be time to put in that flower bed, put irrigation in, sprinklers in the yard or one of many ideas on your short list. Many of those projects don’t get done due to lack of knowledge on the equipment itself. Especially when it comes to power tools that may require a bit of training or direction before using. Equipment like a trencher, meant to allow for someone to dig a linear line at a certain depth in order to bury something (like pipe) into the ground. though we do offer services that allow for Vail Equipment Rental to do the work for you, most of our customers like to give it a go themselves first. Today we’ll do a quick review on how to use a trencher. It will be a quick review, because explaining it in writing doesn’t do it justice, versus hands on. Don’t forget, our skilled operators are more than happy to give you instructions upon delivery on basic start/stop and movement and adjustments on our trenchers. For a quick video on how trenchers work, visit our trencher page.
Where to Dig
first and foremost, it is your responsibility to find out where NOT to dig. Too many times (especially in rural areas) renters fail to contact the proper authority on where to dig. 811 is the phone number you call before digging to protect yourself and others from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines. There are millions of miles of buried utilities beneath the surface of the earth that are vital to everyday living like water, electricity and natural gas.
If you are looking to rent one of our a walk-behind trenchers, you may wish to look at available attachments as well. For instance, some models have tools such as augers, blades, buckets, forks, plows, and other accessories that are available. While you might not need any of these items now, think about the jobs that you are likely to perform in the future. You could save time and money by purchasing a trencher to which you can add on other tools.
Wear appropriate clothing, such as close-toed shoes or boots, pants and long sleeve shirts, and safety glasses. Watch for excessively rocky earth, as rocks can fly up and cause injury or damage the trencher. Learn where the emergency cutoff switch is on your machine before use.
As far as operational usage, we would prefer you to contact us @ 520-481-1785.