4 Advantages to Trenching with a Cutterhead

Posted by: Ryan Leech
Mar 11, 2014 6:56:49 PM

Trenching-with-a-cutterheadTrenching projects are some of the most complicated and dangerous construction projects  to complete. The larger the scale of the project is, the more heavy machinery will be required and the more difficult the job becomes.

Trenches can be required for several different reasons and your equipment needs will change depending on what type of material you will be excavating.

Additionally, the reason for the trench and the required size of the trench will also be instrumental in guiding your decision making for the best solution.

While some trenches may be small endeavors that do not require much in the way of equipment, for most projects that require the expertise of a construction company, cutterheads provide distinct key benefits that improve the ability to get the job done safely and effectively.

Here are four advantages cutterheads provide over hydraulic hammers and other trenching equipment.


Cutterheads are an incredibly versatile tool that can be fitted to equip practically any piece of excavation equipment.

Along with fitting several different types of excavators, cutterheads are also able to handle several different types of material.

This ability to handle several different types of material make cutterhead attachments a great solution in just about any trenching project.

The ability to handle even the hardest and most abrasive kinds of rock and concrete allow you to deftly handle difficult conditions with precision and skill.

The versatility of a cutterhead attachment truly make it a significant addition to your construction equipment and will bring a better level of quality to your projects.

Improved Safety

One of the biggest concerns during any trenching project is how to maximize work site safety.

While a lot of on-site measures can be implemented to minimize risks, even the best worksite methods and practices can’t eliminate all of them.

With trenching projects, cave-ins and long falls are part of the inherent dangers of the job.

With the use of a cutterhead, you will have a better ability to construct smoother, safer walls that greatly decrease the chance of cave-ins.

Cutterheads also operate at a lower speed that effectively limits the level of vibrations  and produces lower shock waves.

This will give you the ability to operate in sensitive areas with greater control and maximize safety practices.

Minimal Over-breaking

One great feature of cutterheads is that they are highly efficient pieces of equipment.

Specifically optimized to operate at a consistent speed and cutting size capability, cutterheads produce vertical trench walls that are superior to the “V-shaped” walls that hammers or other trenching equipment creates.

This creates a couple key advantages, including a narrower trench with a smaller footprint and creating less excess excavated material.

The reduction in overbreaking contributes to greater wall stability and a more controlled work zone.

Higher Efficiency Lower Costs

The enhanced precision and control of a cutterhead compared to a hydraulic hammer directly correlates to the bottom line.

Cutterheads require 50% less fill and the cut rock debris it creates can be converted into usable backfill and applied directly on site.

Cutterheads also improve the rate of production and call for less wasted efforts.

Less excavation instantly translates to significant concrete savings that hydraulic hammers simply don’t afford you.

These four advantages are some of the key reasons using a cutterhead on your next trenching project might be the best trenching decision you’ve ever made.