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Digging a trench with a 2N

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KirkWest14

03-20-2017 15:53:40




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I picked up this thing at an estate sale this winter. I need to dig about 150 of trench for a new sewer line this summer. Need to go about 18" deep. Wonder if my little 2N will pull it? Looks to be homemade.




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showcrop

03-23-2017 08:59:56




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 Re: Digging a trench with a 2N in reply to KirkWest14, 03-20-2017 15:53:40  
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Yes, if you get going fast enough it will throw the dirt, kind of like snow plows on the road, LOL.



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KirkWest14

03-23-2017 07:57:01




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 Re: Digging a trench with a 2N in reply to KirkWest14, 03-20-2017 15:53:40  
Thanks to all for the replies. I won't be doing this until June. There's still 3 feet of snow up in the Colorado rockies. I'm sure it'll take several passes and still some shovel work but it beats doing it all by hand. I'l post pictures when I get started.



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Colin King

03-22-2017 18:58:18




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 Re: Digging a trench with a 2N in reply to KirkWest14, 03-20-2017 15:53:40  

It should work. I used a King Kutter middle buster to put in an 250' of electrical trench that had to be 2' deep. By chaining cinder blocks for added weight, I easily got 12-16" of depth with multiple passes. As some have mentioned, the problem becomes moving the dirt away from the trench. Increased speed does help, but you may have to do the finishing touches with a shovel.

Colin, MN

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whopist

03-22-2017 15:39:44




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 Re: Digging a trench with a 2N in reply to KirkWest14, 03-20-2017 15:53:40  
I posted this water line project a few years back:

http://www.yesterdaystractors.com/cgi-bin/viewit.cgi?bd=nboard&th=943874



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R Geiger

03-22-2017 14:35:27




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 Re: Digging a trench with a 2N in reply to KirkWest14, 03-20-2017 15:53:40  
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probably got an older bunch of people on here who grew up with no ROPS. anything has a bit of danger to it but common sense has to be use with anything.



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Bill Crowell

03-22-2017 14:09:36




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 Re: Digging a trench with a 2N in reply to KirkWest14, 03-20-2017 15:53:40  
For what it's worth, when I asked a similar question over on the Tractor Talk forum, they told me that I would be crazy to attempt this because there's too much danger (since the 8n lacks any ROPS) that it would rear up and flip over on you if you hit anything solid and immovable.



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farmall plowboy

03-21-2017 07:36:06




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 Re: Digging a trench with a 2N in reply to KirkWest14, 03-20-2017 15:53:40  
I own a 2N also, 2years ago come fall I dug a trench some 200' long from the house to my new pole shed. I made 2 passes with the middle buster shovel then took that off and put a subsoiler point on the leg and made several passes. Had to clean the trench out with a tile shovel, didn't cost me "nutten" but a little time and gas to get the job done.....Craig



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Tim Ploughnman Daley

03-21-2017 06:20:03




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 Re: Digging a trench with a 2N in reply to KirkWest14, 03-20-2017 15:53:40  
There were/are implements available then and now to do exactly that -digging trenches to lay pipe and conduit for electrical lines. The best is called a Subsoiler and another is called a Middlebuster. The Subsoiler has a single ground engaging blade while the Middlebuster has two but you can detach one and set a single bade central for ground breaking. The older Dearborn implements often turn up on the popular auction web sites and clones of these are sold today under Bush Hog, Land Pride, and King Cutter brand names to name a few popular ones. For a one time use, you might want to check your local rent-it-all business and rent one for a day. LINK below shows an 8N with a Dearborn Middlebuster in use.


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showcrop

03-21-2017 06:03:20




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 Re: Digging a trench with a 2N in reply to KirkWest14, 03-20-2017 15:53:40  
With multiple passes it may go down ten inches or so. The problem is that it has no way to cast the material away and it will just fall back in behind you. If you have a blade you can pull the material away and then be able to go deeper.



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Kenockee 8N

03-21-2017 04:52:17




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 Re: Digging a trench with a 2N in reply to KirkWest14, 03-20-2017 15:53:40  
Would that be homemade from a drag-type plow that was broken and then someone welded it to a 3-point rig?



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Bruce(OR)

03-21-2017 03:28:12




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 Re: Digging a trench with a 2N in reply to KirkWest14, 03-20-2017 15:53:40  
I have an implement similar to that. As I was purchasing it from the previous owner, he made the remark of how it managed to grab a deep root and strip the bolts off his final drive. Thus his reason for selling it as cheaply as he did. So, if your using it, several slow shallow passes might be in order.



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Kirk-NJ

03-21-2017 00:06:53




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 Re: Digging a trench with a 2N in reply to KirkWest14, 03-20-2017 15:53:40  
Depending on your soil you might be able to do it. As said may take a couple passes. You will need to put the weights that are in your trailer back on the 2n. If you have a set of disc Hiller's it will make for less shovelling when the pipe is in. Let us know how it works out.

Kirk



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L.B,

03-20-2017 17:55:19




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 Re: Digging a trench with a 2N in reply to KirkWest14, 03-20-2017 15:53:40  
Ya it will pull it but you might come up short on depth, trying it is free and if it fails rent a trencher. dont forget to call 811.



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John in Mich

03-20-2017 16:57:53




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 Re: Digging a trench with a 2N in reply to KirkWest14, 03-20-2017 15:53:40  
I think I would plow a dead furrow with a bottom plow and then use your trench plow.



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R Geiger

03-20-2017 16:01:42




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 Re: Digging a trench with a 2N in reply to KirkWest14, 03-20-2017 15:53:40  
It might give you a good starting point, I think I would rent a trencher.

Don't think you would get it deep enough with tha and still would haave alot of shovel work.



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KirkWest14

03-20-2017 15:57:52




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 Re: Digging a trench with a 2N in reply to KirkWest14, 03-20-2017 15:53:40  

Always have trouble getting the pics on



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504

03-20-2017 17:22:27




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 Re: Digging a trench with a 2N in reply to KirkWest14, 03-20-2017 15:57:52  
Sure it will, just make more than one pass.



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