1940 Brevard Road

Arden, NC 28704


How To Use A Trencher (Step-By-Step Guide)

Barreto Trencher

Trenchers are one of the more useful specialized tools in the contractors or DIY'ers inventory. 

The machine is able to easily cut through even the hardest of terrain in a clean, efficient way. 

From irrigation, to electrical and even landscaping, a trencher can do it all. 

With that in mind, let's dive right in!


How To Start and Operate A Trencher

Orient the machine towards the trench. You can do this easily with the forward and reverse driver gears as long as the chain is in the raised position.

The blade is made to rotate towards the driver and should not be engaged if the machine is in the forward position. The forward position should only be used to reposition the machine. 

When trenching put the wheel drive in reverse and place the boom control outward and to the right. Next, you'll want to tilt the machine back when the boom (chain) touches the ground until it locks into position.

Pull the trench chain control to the trench position. The chain will dig into the ground and the trencher will move into a level position.

If a deeper trench is needed you'll need to repeat the process of leaning the trencher back until you reach the depth needed. 

After the trencher is at an appropriate depth you'll want to put the wheel drive lever into the reverse, or trench, position. The dig chain will not operate if the wheel drive control is in the forward position. 

After you're done trenching raise the boom and move the engine to idle. From there, you can switch the engine off. 


Keeping The Trencher From Bogging Down

If the machine feels bogged down or the chain slows down deactivate the wheel drive control until the machine normalizes. Once your machine is running normally again you can place the drive into reverse and continue digging. 

Additionally, when rocks and debris impede the machine and slow it down move the trench chain into the reverse position to force the debris out. Do not put hands or feet, or tools for that matter, anywhere near where the machine while it is running. If debris is still stuck after reversing the trench chain you want to set the boom to level, cut the chain and/or machine off and then begin manually removing debris. 


Ultimately, your best bet is going to be to carefully pay attention to what you're actually digging before doing so. Circumventing rocky terrain is much easier than re-digging your entire trench.


Rent A Trencher: Asheville, NC

Our Asheville fleet has a Vemeer V1350 and a RTX100. The V1350 is a more affordable option, but can be less user friendly. If operating on any slope greater than 30 degrees, it can become a troublesome option. Reason being, this machine has manual steering rather than hydraulic steering which translates into a great deal of dragging of the machine. 

Vemeer 1350 Walk Behind Trencher

Vemeer V1350: $100 daily / $225 weekly / $515 monthly


The RTX100 is a much more user friendly option and comes at a slightly higher price. Ultimately, if you're not operating on completely flat land this is going to be your best option. The hydraulic steering allows you to much more easily move the machine back and forth, ensuring a straight-line with much less physical labor.

1350 Walk Behind Trencher For Rent

RTX100: $150 daily / $350 weekly / $850 monthly

Available for rent in Asheville, NC at our Arden location.

1940 Brevard Road A-8

Arden, NC 28704