2021 - Volume #45, Issue #4, Page #15[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Thumbs-Up For Front-Digging Trencher
The U.S.-made trencher, patented in 2006 and featured in Vol. 27, No. 4, was developed by Wes Bainter, as the first forward trencher on the market. In 2018, Duane Wente, a long-time employee purchased the Hoxie, Kansas, company.
Wente notes that the original design, with its boom that angles almost straight down, hasn’t changed much. As skid loaders have gotten bigger, the trencher is built stronger and heavier, weighing in at 1,640 lbs.
Equipment to operate the trencher requires a minimum lift capacity of 1,800 lbs. and 15 gpm hydraulic flow. High-flow hydraulics boost its ability to cut up to 16-in. wide trenches.
The trencher chain easily digs a trench 48 in. deep as required by power companies. (Bainter has extensions that go down to 6 ft., 6 in. deep).
“I like its versatility on a skid loader, and you move forward so you can see where you’re going. I’ve used it on a range of soils from sandy loam to clay type and some rock. In good soils I can do about 10 ft. per minute,” Anderson says.
His 92-hp. Bobcat is adequate to handle the hydraulic-powered trencher. The horizontal augers on each side kick the dirt beyond the tracks so he’s not driving on a dirt pile.
The basic model digs a 6-in. trench, and Anderson recently added a spreader to dig a 10-in. wide trench. In addition to using it for construction, he is a rancher and plans to use it for jobs such as digging trenches for stock water lines. About 75 percent of Bainter trenchers are sold for agricultural uses.
“I’ve been surprised how maintenance-free it is. I would never go back to the old style,” Anderson says, adding that Wente’s personal customer service has been outstanding.
Prices may change due to rising steel costs, but in early 2021, the Bainter Boom Trencher retailed for about $8,650. Videos of how it works can be seen at the company website, www.bainterboomtrenchers.com.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Chuck Anderson, ACS Contracting LLC, Elgin, Ore. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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