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post #1 of 10 Old 11-01-2019, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Use a trencher as a garden tractor?

A trencher was on a trailer ahead of me today and I was thinking that one could be quite a robust garden tractor. I don’t know how fast they are, how sharp they turn or if I’d attempt to put a mower deck on one but I bet they could push a lot of snow with a blade on the front.
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Re: Use a trencher as a garden tractor?

Speed and maneuverability are not exactly the qualities one looks for in a trencher. I would think that most of the power is not directed towards the locomotion, but for the purpose it was designed for.
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Re: Use a trencher as a garden tractor?

Hmmmmm.... Lots of hydraulic capability on a very tough, heavy, 4x4, articulated, often diesel platform. Could make an interesting snowblowing machine with a little fabrication.


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Re: Use a trencher as a garden tractor?

Always thought they would make a heck of a small wood skidder as well!
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-02-2019, 12:13 AM
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Re: Use a trencher as a garden tractor?

That blade on the front is powerful enough to push piles of dirt back in a trench so I think it would be interesting to see it push maybe 6 inches of snow or break loose frozen ice on a driveway.

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Re: Use a trencher as a garden tractor?

Where were you all when someone had a build on here where he had done just that?
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Re: Use a trencher as a garden tractor?

I'm sure it would plow snow fine, as the 54" plow I put on my 52" Snapper hydro walkbehind mower has no problem. I've even added 1' extensions to each side to hold more snow. It can push with snow completely filling the plow to the top, and with snow spilling off both sides. Only thing it doesn't do well is travel through deep snow with the plow up(it has a very short wheelbase and not great ground clearance), and it doesn't have enough mass to angle plow very well.

It works so well for me, that I bought another walkbehind unit (52" Husqvarna hydro) that I'm making a brush attachment (with a BercoMac 48"? brush I think I have) for it, and am considering getting a BercoMac snowblower to swap with the brush for deeper snow.

Probably the main issue will be getting the trencher to go faster, as it's designed to go fairly slow (which is good for trenching), and you'd want to go a bit faster for cutting lawns or even plowing/snowblowing. And it might not be great on grass if it has skid-steer style steering...
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I built a multipurpose tractor from a Case trencher, it's slow but will push the snow. https://www.mytractorforum.com/119-h...tor-build.html
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Yeah, all good thoughts, but what do you do about all those trenches left behind?? LOL :-))

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