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All earthmoving operators can agree that a trenching spade can help cut operating time and difficulty for your project. When creating a trench these attachments are able to create accurate and clean trench walls that can cut through mud and clay.

Today we’ll be going through and providing a guide to these functional spades, so you can use them to their full potential for your next project.

What is a Trenching Spade?

Trenching spades are designed for the specific use of digging and clearing trenches. They have a sharp, pointed tip and square sides that can produce clean trench walls and minimise erosion or disruption to the surrounding soil.

Their handheld models have also been called step-trench shovels because the flat upturned surface on the back lets you step down on the shovel while in the trench. Their handles have high lift angles which help to remove the soil from your trench.

When to Use a Trenching Spade?

Trenching spades are used for digging narrow flat-bottomed trenches; most handheld shovels can create trenches of 4 inches wide and 18 inches deep. While earthmoving attachments can create trenches of various sizes up from this depending on the size of your machine.

These trenches are critical for the laying of irrigation pipes, compost trenches, road repairs, underground power and removing deeply rooted plants. They can ensure that the integrity of the surrounding project ground is safe from collapse and can continue to provide a stable and sturdy foundation for the project at hand.

How To Use a Trenching Spade?

A trenching spade is designed to take the hard work out for you. The head of these shovels can be straight or inclined, with the blade tip following this same motion. A straight head spade is ideal for cutting and edging soil, while an inclined head can work efficiently at removing soil. There are also round, square and V-shaped blades available that all work similarly for soil removal.

For the actual digging of your trench, you’ll need to dig two trenches. If you’re trying to dig a 36” inch trench, for example, you’ll want to start with an 18-inch-deep trench first. This trench should be wide enough for you to stand and work in. For the digging of this initial trench, you’ll need spade with a short or long handle.

Once you’ve dug this first trench, you’ll then need to dig the second one right in the middle of your current one. This trench should only be around 4 to 6 inches deep. And that’s it, a fully secure and workable trench.

When digging a trench, it’s always important to pile your soil from the trench on one singular side. This will make working and laying down pipe later a much easier task. You should also be making sure that it’s not in the way for any machines or workers.

We offer a large range of durable and heavy-duty earthmoving accessories to last your machine a lifetime. Browse our range online or visit us in-store today. If your company needs a new trench spade attachment for pipe layering or have any other enquiries about earthmoving gear contact us at Mainline Track to find the best solution for your issues.

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