Ditch Witch JT100 drill up­graded

Ditch Witch gives Tier 4 en­gines to its JT100 drills

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Ditch Witch has up­graded the pop­u­lar JT100 and JT100 All Ter­rain hor­i­zon­tal di­rec­tional drills to meet Tier 4 emis­sions stan­dards.

Pow­ered by 194kW Cum­mins diesels, the drills are de­signed for bor­ing holes to in­stall pipes and other un­der­ground util­i­ties. The JT100 models pro­duce up to 16kNm of torque, and Ditch Witch says they’re ideal for chal­leng­ing or long bores and in­stal­la­tion of large-di­am­e­ter pipes.

“As the de­mand for un­der­ground con­struc­tion projects con­tin­ues to rise, op­er­a­tors have to drill in more dif­fi­cult ter­rain and soil con­di­tions than be­fore,” Ditch Witch se­nior product man­ager Seth Matthe­sen says.

“To this end, the up­grades to the JT100 and JT100 All Ter­rain drills pro­vide the job site so­lu­tions to drill faster and more ef­fec­tively, while re­duc­ing emis­sions.”

Ditch Witch used the up­grade as an op­por­tu­nity to tweak a num­ber of other fac­tors on the JT100 se­ries. An ex­clu­sive dual-pivot drill frame al­lows for a steeper an­gle of en­try with­out the need to raise the tracks off the ground, which im­proves sta­bil­ity and over­all op­er­a­tor com­fort.

The drills weigh-in at just over 21 tonnes and mea­sure 9.35m by 2.57m. Heavy-duty an­chor sys­tems elim­i­nate the need for ex­pen­sive sup­port­ing equip­ment, re­duc­ing project costs and setup time.

Both of the models have a fully-en­closed cab with in­stru­ment panel gauges and a full-colour LCD dis­play pro­vid­ing op­er­a­tors with crit­i­cal ma­chine in­for­ma­tion.

Tinted win­dows pro­vide greater vis­i­bil­ity and the front win­dow gives a clear view of the tool joint. An er­gonomic air-sus­pen­sion seat pro­vides the op­er­a­tor with sup­port.

The Ditch Witch JT100 all-ter­rain hor­i­zon­tal di­rec­tional drill

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