Ditch Witch responds to challenge with new Tier 4 drill

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Ditch Witch officials said recently their engineers went above and beyond in responding to a need to design Tier 4-compliant equipment and horizontal directional drills (HDD).

Official at Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, said the new Ditch Witch Tier 4 HDD models further increase customers' underground project productivity and competitiveness.

“We approached this engineering challenge by asking, ‘What redesigns would most benefit our customers?’ instead of focusing on how to quickly get Tier 4 models to market,” Ditch Senior HDD Product Manager Seth Matthesen said. “The result is Tier 4 HDD models that not only meet customers’ power and reliability requirements, but include customer-inspired enhancements that ease operation, service and productivity.”

Matthesen added that company engineers met power demands and used it as an opportunity to design in additional features inspired by customers’ input. Tier 4 engines are available on all models with the JT60 and JT100 coming in early 2016.

The SaverLok System within the new Tier 4 HDD models will maintain the industry’s tightest connection between the drill pipe and drive system to protect against drill pipe wear and tear, company officials said. Heavy-duty anchor systems, open-top vise wrenches, improved HDD tooling, more intuitive operator interfaces and more easily accessible service points simplify operation and servicing.

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