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From the vault: Trenchless pipe-laying


December 15, 2021


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Drainage is rich with history – which is why we’re always excited to stumble upon a little piece of drainage history.

Enjoy these photos, provided to Drainage Contractor by Alan Metcalfe, which depicted his beloved Badger trenches machine from the 1960s and 70s.

“I would say in the U.K. there are more open trenchers than trenches [machines],” wrote Metcalfe. “We did loads of demonstrations for the Farmers Weekly magazine.”

Yates Badger Pipelines of Leeds fitted its machines with Rolls Royce engines and governed down to 150 hp. Metcalfe added that the grading system was also radio controlled.

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