It would be worth it if you had a long run ( long being more than 2-3 feet ha). When I had my backhoe I did some back yard practice with it. It's a lot harder to control those movements then it looks, got to develop the right touch on the controls or else it gets mean with you. Better to hire the owner of one if he knows what he's doing especially if the trench has to be level or a slope for drainage. I couldn't do it I'll admit. I'd like to knock down trees and put in a drive that's not too technical. Dig a big hole for a outhouse.