Pressure – Can You Dig It?

Welcome to All Sensors “Put the Pressure on Us” blog. This blog brings out pressure sensor aspects in a variety of applications inspired by headlines, consumer and industry requirements, market research, government activities, and you.

Pressure – Can You Dig It?

You certainly can dig a trench with pressure. Even a rather small pedestrian (walk behind) trencher with a 48” or smaller boom uses 2,900 psi of hydraulic pressure. With a 48” boom, a compact trencher has track ground pressure of around 4.6 psi. While the high pressure is developed in a hydraulic drive using a pump and motor to transmit power, the much smaller ground pressure indicates how well the weight of the machine is distributed.

Ground pressure is very important in areas that require a light footprint from equipment, such as public parks, ball fields, cemeteries, public beaches and, in fact, any finished landscape. The choice of tires or a track system makes significant difference in ground pressure. A track model can exert from 2 to 4 psi of ground pressure and a model with tires will exert about 7 to 12 psi of ground pressure. While the tires value may seem like it is way too high, for comparison, an adult standing on the lawn would exert about 6 to 8 psi of ground pressure. So, in most instances, a person digging the trench by hand actually generates more ground pressure. This is just another example of how knowing the actual pressure value is important to make the right decision.

Ground Pressure by the Numbers

A heavy-duty construction rubber track crawler carrier has a lower ground pressure than the average human being. Source: Teremac News, 12/6/2013.

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