January 22

Irrigation Risk: Pipe Pulling vs. Trenching

During the installation process of lawn irrigation systems, trenching is widely believed to be one of the more dangerous parts of the operation. “Trenching” is digging out the area where irrigation piping will be installed. With backfilling and a large, exposed digging chain, it carries a high risk for property damage and employee injury.

Pipe pulling is a newer method of installing irrigation piping that is becoming more and more popular. There are many advantages to using a pipe puller, for both the safety of employees and customers’ property:

  • More productivity – Irrigation Pipe can be installed at a rate of up to 60′ per minute with no backfilling required.
  • Less labor – Hours of labor costs for backfilling trenches can quickly add up.
  • Less lawn damage – Pulling Pipe with the L2 creates only a slit in the ground. It does not create a trench by removing dirt. Restoration typically involves nothing more than running the machine over the cut in the ground to compact any raised turf.
  • Less lawn restoration – both initially and in future as trench settling occurs over time
  • Less dangerous – with a massive exposed digging chain, trenchers account for numerous injuries and deaths each year.


There are many advantages to using a pipe pulling method of installing lawn irrigation pipes, and all can attribute to the safety of employees and customer property. It is a method that should be considered by any irrigation installation contractor, as it can effectively cut down on the risks that are inherent with trenching machines.

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