Can you mole swa?

Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by JustPhil, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. JustPhil

    JustPhil Active Member

    Electrician has instructed me to provide a 600mm deep trench for the 25m run to my workshop. He’s recommended getting someone with a mini digger in.
    It’s occurred to me it could be moled? I had a water pipe moled and it was quite cost effective and minimised disruption big time.
    So can this be done? What to do with the warning tape?
  2. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member


    Moling will be a lot more more expensive ( make sure your sitting down before you read the quote) than hiring a mini digger for a day,(around £75 a day,probably around £150 for digger & driver a day) what is ground like, you could dig 25mtr trench easily in a day,heavy clay allow 2 days.
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2019
  3. Mike58

    Mike58 Active Member

    You could even get a labourer to dig that in maybe 1-2 days.

    I had a 25m 750 deep, 400 wide trench dug in had solid clay soil, and it took around 2 days.
  4. JustPhil

    JustPhil Active Member

    it is horrible heavy clay, but maybe I'll start with a quote from a landscaper I've used before and see what we get before turning to moling.

    Cheers guys
  5. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    A mornings work with mini digger for that trench.:)
  6. Mike58

    Mike58 Active Member

    But, 1 day rental, delivery and collection, and if needed, someone to operate could be over £200 OR a local man and digger around here is £200-240.

    What is the price of a labourer?
  7. WillyEckerslike

    WillyEckerslike Well-Known Member

    I should have thought that by the time you have dug the access and egress pits for the mole you could have done a fair bit of the trench anyway.
    Have you looked into hiring a chain trenching machine and how that compares?
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  8. Peterdevon

    Peterdevon Active Member

    I had 145m dug out in clay and back filled in under a whole day for £170 (small digger)
  9. spirits are real 2016

    spirits are real 2016 Well-Known Member

    how much was it to have the water pipe moled.
  10. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    A few years I charged £150 for 100mtr trench (dig & refill) for new water main,again a days work.
  11. JustPhil

    JustPhil Active Member

    I’m not actually sure as it was part of a larger insurance job, total claim was about a grand.

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