Simple Trenching Tool Has No Moving Parts

Loran Rose's trenching tool cuts a trench 12 in. wide with no moving parts. It mounts on the bucket of a skid steer or front-end loader and guides the soil up into the bucket where it can be piled or dumped, rather than throwing it or leaving it in mounds along the trench.

A retired Missouri auto worker, Rose had been thinking about building a simple trencher for some time when his neighbor asked for help installing a drain to get rid of standing water in his drive-in basement.

"I mentioned what I had in mind for a trenching tool and he said he had some heavy steel angle brackets that might be of use," says Rose.

He made his first prototype using four of those old brackets and some scrap steel he had in his barn.

"It left much to be desired, but worked well enough that it inspired me to keep working on it," he says.

Once he was satisfied he had the dimensions and angles right, he ordered some steel cut and welded his second prototype together. "After trenching a few times, we discovered a few more flaws, which we corrected. Now we have a trencher that works very well," he says.

Rose's trenching tool attaches solidly to the loader bucket. It has skids on the side that allow him to precisely control the depth of the trench. He says in some cases, it's necessary to cut out the sod and then make another pass to cut the trench to the right depth.

It weighs only about 110 lbs. and can be handled and mounted by just one person. It can easily be hauled in a pickup bed and requires no separate power unit -- just a loader. Rose has started producing the trenchers for sale.