The Dirt - Heavy Trench Digging with John Deere Equipment

posted on Monday, December 19, 2022 in The Dirt

pWhat's the difference between a trench and an excavation?

Simply stated, a construction trench is a narrow, below-ground channel that's deeper than it is wide. That makes trenches inherently different from excavations which can be any shape or size. That may seem like a basic, or even obvious distinction. But it's extremely important to your choice of equipment.

Common uses for trenches include:

  • pipe laying
  • electrical and telecom wires
  • sewage lines

For residential projects, trenches are often needed for:

  • electricity cables
  • irrigation & plumbing
  • HVAC pipes

Excavations, on the other hand, are used for different applications such as these:

  • foundations for buildings
  • drainage ditches
  • roads
  • reservoirs