Compact Equipment

JAN 2019

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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T rencher attachments for skid steers and compact track loaders are the perfect tools for operators who need to slice through the dirt with precision and ease. They help everyone from contractors and landscapers to maintenance crews and mu- nicipalities dig trenches for installing irrigation systems, power and water lines and even performing road repairs or general construction tasks. But before you hop over to an equipment dealer to buy one, it's important to know where to start so you get the right tool for your small tool carrier. "When considering a trencher attachment, it's impera- tive to match the auxiliary hydraulic flow of the skid steer or compact track loader to the trencher attachment," says Ron Peters, product manager for Edge brand attachments. "By properly pairing the two pieces of equipment, an op- erator will be able to trench efficiently and with enough hydraulic flow for challenging ground conditions." To determine the proper hydraulic flow, Gregg Zupan- cic, product marketing manager of skid steers and com- pact track loaders for John Deere Construction and For- estry says operators should consider the maximum depth of trench they will need. For example, a 3- or 4-ft trencher can typically be powered by a standard hydraulic system whereas a 5-ft or larger trencher will likely need to be pow- ered by a high-flow hydraulic option. "The smallest trenchers can be powered with as little as 15 to 16 gpm of hydraulic flow," he says. "Larger trenchers typically need at least 35 gpm or higher to run efficiently through tougher ground conditions." 45 Here's How to Find the Right Trencher Attachment for Your Skid Steer or Compact Track Loader By Pam Kleineke IT'S TRENCHING TIME "When trenching work is done for the day, some basic maintenance should be performed," he says. "A simple regimen includes daily greasing of movable parts, as well as checking the trencher chain's tension. On average, the chain should sag anywhere from 1 to 3 in. If the chain's sag exceeds that range, the tension will need to be readjusted to ensure proper trencher operation and protect the chain from wearing out too soon." UNDERSTANDING UPKEEP Ron Peters, Product Manager for Edge Brand Attachments, Shares this Maintenance Advice

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