The Tools Necessary for Underground Pipe Installation

The Tools Necessary for Underground Pipe Installation

Whether it is an irrigation system in agriculture or water drainage for a residence, underground pipes are becoming the popular option. This design can prevent pooling and add value to the property by concealing unsightly piping, along with other benefits. When you are installing an underground pipe system for a customer, you will need the right pipe installation tools on hand to complete the job. Use our list to make sure that you have all the tools you need.


The first step in underground pipe installation is preparing the site. The excavator will manage debris and brush by pushing it into a pile or loading and dumping it elsewhere. With their tracked wheels, excavators can drive over rugged terrains with ease. Excavators are available in many sizes, so you can rent a standard model for heavy-duty applications or the mini size for maneuverability in tight spaces. Use it again at the end of the project to replace the soil.


Once the site is ready, you will need to use a trencher. The trencher is designed to dig trenches for pipelaying and similar applications. Its large metal teeth are fixed to a sturdy chain and rotate at high speeds to dig through tough soils and rocks, creating a trench at your chosen depth. The models either have tracked or deep tread wheels that will navigate over any terrain.

Trench Shoring

For any work that involves trenching, trench shoring is vital safety equipment. Trench shoring equipment protects workers by preventing the collapse or cave-in of the trench walls. There are many styles available to suit different needs.

Pipelaying Underground Laser

Before you can lay the pipe down, you need to make sure that the angle is consistent. A pipelaying underground laser will help with this task by using a laser beam to measure the grade at the highest point to determine the fall rate. Confirming the grade will prevent hills and valleys on the trench floor that could clog and back up the pipes.


Once the trench is ready, you can lay the pipes inside. The pipelayer is built for this purpose. Its main feature is the high lift capacity — some models can lift a pipe weighing as much as 216,000 pounds. The tracked wheels will handle with ease even on unlevel, inclined sites. Pipelayers are the workhorses of any underground pipe installation operation.


After the underground pipe installation, the ground needs to be flattened out. A compactor will compress the soil with precision to remove air pockets that may otherwise cause settling and instability. There are many kinds of compactors available to suit different types of soils, work site sizes and locations, and other factors.

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