No matter how big or small the job, trench digging can be a massive effort. Don’t break your back by trying it by hand, most ground is very tough around Geelong, let the machine do the work for you. You could hire a machine and do it yourself, but you run the risk of hitting a utility line that’s already in your path, not to mention you would have to account for the time you will spend on picking up the machine, doing the job, and taking the machine back.
It makes more sense letting the professionals at Golden Plains Septics do the trenching for you.
Whether you need a utility trench, irrigation trench or even network cabling trench, our machine cuts through most ground with ease.
In Australia, electrical trenches generally are required to be 600mm or lower, for any cables carrying live power. They must always use electrical warning tape laying over the cables in the event someone does go looking or accidentally digs the trench up in the future.
Gas pipes are on average between 200mm to 600m deep, and water pipes are usually around 300mm deep. As a general guide, Gas/water/network cabling should be no shallower than 300mm deep, gas especially.
Whether it’s 1 metre, or 50km, no matter how small or large the job, we’re your trenching contractor. Obviously the longer your trench is, the more cost efficient your trench becomes, but shorter trenches dug by a machine, are still almost always worth having a contractor do it.
Most people overlook the limitations of hiring a machine to DIY. Most hiring machines struggle to dig deep enough in hard ground, especially for power trenches. Some ground, especially compacted clay subsoil, may not even allow a hired machine to get low enough for laying water pipes!
The main benefit of having a trenching contractor complete your project, is you know our machine is purpose built for digging trenches, so short of hitting large rocks, we can dig any depth required for your trench.`
In most cases you do not need a permit to dig a trench, but you should check with your local council before beginning your project just in case you do need a permit. But you will almost always need a licensed plumber or electrician to lay utility cables/pipes in the trench, for compliance with local and national laws.
– are there any utilities in the area of where you are digging…
– how deep do I need to go…
– what type of ground is it…
– is there any risk of ground collapse…
Quite a lot of people who call us up have either attempted to dig a trench by hand, or hired a trencher to do it themselves. So you really have 3 options for what to use to dig a trench…
1 – Use a trench shovel
2 – Hire a trencher machine and do it yourself
3 – Hire a trencher contractor to do it all for you