Three Types Of Concrete Trench Cutters And What They Do

27 December 2017
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Would it not be nice to just use a singular piece of equipment to cut a perfect trench in your yard for whatever you need it for? Guess what? Such machines exist! Concrete trench cutting, the business of cutting trenches into which concrete is poured, has been a reality for decades, but it is not a service that most homeowners have heard about. It is typically a commercial building service for the purpose of pouring a foundation or slab foundation. Here are three types of concrete trench cutters that you can use to cut perfectly formed trenches in the dirt in your yard. Then you can do whatever you want with these trenches.

Portable Assault Trenchers

These trench cutters you can rent from a hardware store or home improvement store. The bulk of the machine looks like the back end of a snowblower, while the front end looks like a cross between a tank track and a chainsaw, but on a much larger scale. You set this machine over the area where you want to create a trench that is about six to ten inches wide and as deep as the trencher is able to cut without hitting hard rock. Additional trenches cut parallel to the first trench can help widen the first trench. 


Micro-trenchers are ideal for creating perfect rows in a garden. They cut narrower trenches than the portable assault trenchers, creating trenches that are perfect for planting fruit, flower and vegetable seeds. You can also plant flower bulbs and trayed plants that are already in bloom in these trenches to create perfect rows of color and blooms.


When you are ready to dig massive chunks of soil out of your yard to construct wall forms for a pool, a rockwheel trencher is what you need. These massive machines have an attachment on the front that looks like the most humongous circular saw blade you have ever seen. It creates wide trenches into which you can pour wet concrete.

The soil walls of the trench act as natural forms for creating the concrete walls. After the concrete has solidified and cured, you can begin excavating in the center, digging between your newly formed concrete walls. Eventually, you have exposed the interior sides of the concrete walls, and reached the bottom edges of these walls. This is where you can pour the bottom of your new pool.