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When a Tractor Operator Needs to Call 811

We want to help you understand when you need to call 811.

And as a quick aside --- we are here to help you purchase a new tractor when the time is right.

Let’s get to the details.

What is the 811 Phone Number?

811 is a phone-in service that you can use to help you locate hazards on your property.

Because there are many things underground that you may not be aware of --- 811 was set up to locate all the possible hazards and mark them on any land where you may be using your tractor to power a backhoe, post hole digger, or other excavating or tillage attachment.

When Do You Call 811?

You need to call 811 anytime you may be digging near a utility.

Many times you won’t even know how close a utility is located to where you are working.

Things such as electrical wiring, water lines, Cable TV lines, telephone lines, internet lines, and natural gas service pipelines may all be hidden underground.

Unfortunately, many tractor operators might not think about this when they are preparing to work the land with their tractor.

Tractors can hit these underground utilities and cause serious damage or even outages.

To help you avoid making a tractor or excavating operating mistake --- here is a list of different tractor operations that will require you to call 811:

  • Soil sampling

  • Clearing

  • Grubbing

  • Deep tilling

  • Sub-soiling

  • Contouring

  • Terracing

  • Building a fence

  • Drain tiling

  • Auguring

  • Post hole digging

  • Tree & shrub planting

  • Ditch cleaning

  • Waterway construction

  • Removing trees or stumps

  • Grading