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SHELTON – CT100 Chain Trencher



The Shelton Chain Trencher is PTO driven and fits onto the tractor’s 3-point linkage. It is possible to adjust the trench width from 120mm (4.5”) to 200mm (8”). Trench depth is adjustable up to 1metre deep via the  in-cab electro-hydraulic controls which allow control of the depth of dig, conveyor on / off and hydraulic crumber lift  / lower. The chain trencher’s digging boom and crumber leg can be moved up and down independently of each other via the in-cab controls, enabling a clean entry into the ground.

The hydraulically driven conveyor is 3.0 metres long with a robust endless belt. The conveyor is capable of discharging soil up to 2.0 metres high and elevates the excavated soil onto trailers running alongside leaving a clean surface and minimising damage to the turf. 

A short conveyor is available as an optional extra which allows the soil to be discharged onto the ground adjacent to the trench, when the excavated soil is to be used for backfill material.

As the electric valves are fitted as standard the addition of laser grading equipment is simple. 

Main Features

  • Mounting: 3 point linkage
  • Weight: 1 tonne
  • Depth Control: Hydraulically operated with laser grading capability
  • Digging chain: 65mm (2.5’’) pitch hard wearing chain
  • Drive train: PTO driven through heavy duty right angle gearbox, slip clutch and shear pin add further protection
  • Conveyor: Hydraulically driven conveyor 3 metres long with heavy duty rubber chevron belt
  • Cutters: Hard wearing blades, tungsten carbide tipped cutters for extra hard digging conditions
  • Tractor: 45 to 80hp with creep or variable speed transmission. Forward speeds from 300 metres per hour (0.3km/h) @ 540rpm pto speed
  • Hydraulic Services: 1 double acting spool valve
  • Trench Sizes: Maximum depth: 1000mm (3.3 Feet)
  • Trench width: 120mm (4.5”) to 200mm (8”)

Optional extras

  • Pipe reels and layers available for different pipe sizes