Construction equipment: Horizontal directional drill offer high power in compact package

construction equipment Ditch Witch

Construction equipment: Ditch Witch®, a Charles Machine Works Company, has introduced the JT10 horizontal directional drill (HDD) providing operators with exceptional power in a compact, reliable platform. For superior productivity, the machine incorporates advanced features found on larger units while remaining the most compact drill in its class.

Powered by an air-cooled, Tier 4 66-hp (49-kW) Deutz® diesel engine, the JT10 is the most powerful drill in its class, and provides operators with an easy-to-service engine for lasting performance. With the combination of 10,000 lbs (44-kN) of pullback force and a standard, 16-gpm mud pump, it also offers advanced power and better mudflow, allowing operators to efficiently complete larger-diameter reams on smaller jobs.

“The increased productivity and efficiency of our new JT10 unit combines the simplicity of a smaller drill with the power of larger HDDs,” said Seth Matthesen, Ditch Witch senior product manager, horizontal directional drills. “Today’s operators are facing more challenging environments, especially those found on compact, urban jobsites, and the JT10 helps combat those challenges. The innovative design and boosted power help operators stay productive and increase uptime on the job, keeping them profitable day after day.”

The drill is equipped with an onboard, 40-gallon fluid tank, providing additional fluid during short bores and easy cleanup while on the job. And with a class-leading, onboard drill-pipe capacity of 324-ft and quicker cycle times than its predecessor, operators can install more pipe in the ground and faster.

The JT10 also features an ergonomic operator station with a traversing seat that positions the operator in the center of the pipe rack for easy-to-reach pipe handling and greater comfort for long hours on the job. Operators can increase performance with the drill’s advanced display that provides a clear, direct view into operational and engine diagnostics. Single joystick controls for thrust and rotation allow for smoother operations, and leaves operators a free hand to focus on other tasks, including mudflow and jobsite communication.

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