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 10-30-2005, 21:47 Post: 118679
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Hi,

I need to dig a 40' drainage line in my front yard to address a run-off problem (puddling). I plan to use a perforated PVC pipe with a filter sleave surrounding it.

Anyway, here's my question:

I plan to use the backhoe on my BX-23 to do the trench digging, but this seems a bit slow given that I'll need to repeatedly dig approximately 3', turn the seat around, pull forward another 3', turn the seat around, then repeat the process. Not exactly the quickest technique, so I'm curious if there are any better ways of getting the job done with the BX-23. Because this will be done on an existing lawn, I don't plan to use the stabilizers or else they'll probably damage the lawn.

Advice appreciated...






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 10-31-2005, 06:08 Post: 118682
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You could look into a 3PH trencher. I don't know if one exists that will fit the BX23, but it would eliminate the dig-move-dig cycle.






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 10-31-2005, 06:14 Post: 118683
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I should have mentioned this earlier... Always use your stabilizers! If you are concerned about the lawn, make up some pads out of scrap lumber to distribute the load over a larger area. Besides preventing tipover why should you always use your stabilizers? To save your rear axle. It is simply not designed to take that kind of abuse. Chances are you will bend or break something.






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 10-31-2005, 08:23 Post: 118692
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I have dug several hundred feet of trench with my BX22. I never turn the seat around. I raise the bucket to clear the ground raise the stabilizers enought to clear the ground and simply reach back with my arm and press the hydro pedal takes longer to type than to do it. I have found it digs better if you keep the bucket as far to the rear as you can and still dig.






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 10-31-2005, 08:31 Post: 118693
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I have used the same technique as jimbrown and it works very well.

I also would caution to put the stabilizers down.






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 10-31-2005, 08:40 Post: 118696
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 Trenching with the BX-23

I have dug hundreds of feet with the BX23 and have hardly ever get off the seat to move the machine. I just lift the stabilizer and the front FEL and use the back hoe to move me forward and reverse and side to side. Oh to make the tractor move easier put the tractor in neutral and just push or pull your self where you need to go. You can use the steering to help guide you also. Another hint put the tractor back in gear it just helps keep it from moving.






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 10-31-2005, 10:37 Post: 118698
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I have an L2850, not that it matters much. However, the last drain line I put in this summer, I just borrowed a single disk plow and dug the ditch. I lowered the plow and then just drow forward and then backed up and did it two more times. I ended up with a nice 18-20 inches deep ditch with like "0" work. I installed the pipe and then covered the ditch back over with my box blade.






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That would work where the top soil is deep and rich, but not where there are big rocks to fish out and not on my hardpan covered with sand.






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 11-04-2005, 07:04 Post: 118890
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As far as having the stabilizers down and making a mess where were you figuring on putting the soil from your trench while digging?






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Art -- the dirt would just be placed on the side of the trench. I'll hand-rake it back into the trench shortly thereafter and hopefully avoid any real damage to the grass. I'll have to re-seed the area over the trench line, of course.






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