I don’t see how a backhoe will be any narrower than a micro digger. Our digger is only 800mm? If a wheelbarrow fits you can usually fit a micro digger. The war you would have getting it in the garden and using it, (they are prone to dragging themselves around more digging anything) you may as well dig it by hand. How big is the trench? Can you take a fence panel out anywhere and reinstate it after. Maybe through the neighbours?
Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, the side passage access to the back garden is less that 60cm wide at its narrowest. Access through the house is unlikely because there is a dog-leg into the kitchen. We only just managed to get our fridge through the gap by taking the doors off (that had a footprint of about 90cm x 60cm).
Access via the neighbours' garden would be difficult due to their garden being higher than ours.
The reason I was looking at towable backhoes is I am assuming (possibly incorrectly) that they can be easily dismantled and easier to carry that a self propelled digger.
Hmmmm, Carl it seems like I said it would be easier to just dig it by hand than start dismantling and rebuilding plant machinery. A couple of good keen men can move quite a bit of earth in a day. The money and time you are going to invest would be better spent on manpower. Sometimes it is what it is. If it is a big project and you are going to persist with the backhoe idea and are struggling to hire one, I’d suggest buying one. They are a highly resalable item and you should get all your money back. (If you can put it back together)
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