Frequently asked questions
Where are you located?
MiniTrencher is headquartered in the Pacific Northwest. The Canadian distributor is located in Ontario, Canada.
Are there safety concerns with GeoRipper? Is it dangerous?
Like all power equipment, if it is not used correctly and respectfully, it can be dangerous. Once the machine is digging in the ground, the risk of injury is reduced.
What about kickback?
When digging in rocky soil, the occasional rock may cause GeoRipper to "bounce." This bouncing is the most that typical operators report back to us.
Can I trench through tree roots?
Absolutely! GeoRipper's digging chain is designed specifically to trench through tree roots up to 76 mm in diameter and below grade.
Can I dig through rocks?
GeoRipper will not dig through solid rock or concrete. It will dig up loose rock about the size of an adult fist. A up and down "sawing" action will help to bring up the larger, fist-sized, rocks, otherwise GeoRipper will dig up and expel smaller rocks with ease.
How deep does GeoRipper trench?
That depends on your model.
Can I buy parts to convert my existing demo saw?
GeoRipper does not fit any chainsaw on the market. There are kits for specific Makita, Stihl and Husqvarna demo saws.
How long does a digging chain last?
The MiniTrencher digging chain is a self-sharpening heavy duty 46 hardened steel chain. Unlike a chainsaw chain that needs to be sharpened with a file, the digging chain is sharpened by the abrasive nature of the soil that it is digging in. Some soils are more abrasive than others and can dictate lifespan of a digging chain. Other factors that control the life of a digging chain are operator technique, the depth of trenching and the speed of the digging chain. Experienced operators can effectively extend the life of the digging chain. In standard conditions digging chains may last anywhere from 305 to 915 meters.
Is it easy to operate?
There is a learning curve to operating a GeoRipper. This doesn't mean it is hard to operate right out of the box, but it does mean that you have to get used to it. The hardest thing to get used to is not over-throttling the machine. Our machines work best at 1/2 to 3/4 throttle. Once you are used to handling GeoRipper, running at less throttle is easier.
Do you offer financing?
Direct: (250) 755-4064
Toll Free: 1-800-667-0747 ext. 44