Last week I was glad I didn’t hire myself out as a trenching attachment but my dingo was the donkey for the work! Last Monday involved a 14 hour day and 660 metres of trenching at Bower. (see attached photos) The job was running a new water line to the homestead at a pig farm. There were times I was on my machine and looked up at 200 metres of completed trench. Which was quickly followed by the thought, ‘What would that be like to do by hand?!’
The benefits of Dingo hire with a trenching attachment
If you have no less than 10 metres of trenching to undertake, it is difficult to not consider the advantages of hiring a machine for the work. I’m considering it from a time/economic perspective, which doesn’t cover all the values. But they are the big ones. So this is my rationale on the time and economics of trenching.
You are the attachment
- Time: It always depends on what soil type you are digging in but lets assume this scenario is ‘average’. 15 metres of trench for electrical at 600mm deep. I would imagine you could do that in 5-8 hours. It is worthwhile mentioning here that this most likely will not be something you wish you had on your bucket list. (Or you’ll have to hurry up and make one after trenching by hand!)
- Economics: If you want to avoid the pain and employ someone else or put a value on your time then it costs you money to dig that trench. My experience shows me that this task won’t cost much less than $30 per hour. That is unless you can take advantage of paying your children under the award rate! With this in mind $30ph times 8 hours gives us $240.
The dingo with a trenching attachment
- Time: 15 metres-1 hour (MAX)
- Economics: $75. (even with our minimum hire of $300 which gives you 4 hours of our time from depot to depot it still comes close to par)
With these estimates in mind you can also safely assume you’ll be close to demoralized if you dig by hand. With a machine you won’t break a sweat and you can listen to your favourite 70’s music…with a smug smile on your face!
What ever your choice we would love to add life to your backbone and wallet. Next time you need that water, electrical or gas buried underground, hire a dingo with a trenching attachment.