Ditch Witch

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Directional drilling installations that a dozen years ago would have been considered impossible are routinely performed today. Projects in difficult conditions that made industry news then are commonplace now.

Reduced tail swing excavators from Kubota, Hitachi, Ditch Witch, Volvo, Case, John Deere Construction & Forestry, Caterpillar, New Holland Construction, Bobcat, Komatsu America and Kobelco.

Mud mixing systems from Vermeer, TT Technologies, Ditch Witch, SiteTec, American Augers, Tri-flo Inc.,
Kem-Tron Technologies and Mud Technologies International.

Downhole directional tools from Railhead, Sharewell, INROCK, Melfred Borzall, American Augers, Horizontal Technology, HammerHead, Vermeer, Ballantine and Ditch Witch.

The Charles Machine Works Inc. (CMW), recognized as an industry leader in the manufacture of underground construction equipment, has acquired 100 percent ownership of Radius Professional HDD Tools in Weatherford, TX. The announcement was made by CMW Chief Executive Officer Tiffany Sewell-Howard.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Ditch Witch has introduced a new compact horizontal directional drilling model for making short trenchless installations of service lines and placing cable and small-diameter conduit under sidewalks, streets and other surface obstructions.

The 830R/T (receiver/transmitter) system is designed to provide best performance at a high active frequency.

Rubber tire trenchers from Ditch Witch, Astec Underground, Vermeer and Mid America Trenchers.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Cobble -- usually rounded pieces of rock that can range in size from a marble to a basketball -- is considered one of the most difficult and challenging soil conditions for making a directional drilling installation.

“Cobble is not fun,” said Boyd Simon, P.E., field services division manager for Ranger Directional Drilling.

On December 2, Earth Tool Company announced that a settlement has been reached between The Charles Machine Works, Inc. (CMW), Earth Tool Company, LLC (ETC), and Vermeer Corporation regarding litigation related to the purchase of ETC by CMW.

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