Rubber Tire Trenchers: Equipment Spotlight

December 2012, Vol. 67 No. 12
The Ditch Witch RT95 ride-on trencher

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

Ditch Witch
The RT95 ride-on trencher has the power and maneuverability to accomplish any task. With a John Deere diesel engine pumping out 99 gross horsepower, the RT95 is one of the most popular members of our ride-on trencher family. Its sloped hood provides outstanding visibility, and the operator's station is designed for maximum efficiency and comfort. Everything's easier with the RT95 trencher. 800.654.6481, ditchwitch.com

Vermeer
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The Vermeer hydrostatic RT450 riding trencher/plow features a center-mounted backhoe operator seat, automotive-style steering, a servo-controlled ground-drive system, an uncluttered operator platform and an easily accessible fiberglass hood. Powered by a 50-hp Deutz F3L2011 engine, the RT450 is designed for rental centers, landscape, utility and irrigation installations. It offers an improved axle shaft, a 46-inch wheel base and new radial-piston hydraulic motors on all trencher attachments. Capable of trenching depths to 60 inches, the RT450 can trench widths up to 12 inches. 888.837.6337, vermeer.com

Astec Underground
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The RT1160 utility trencher's John Deere 4045 turbocharged diesel engine supplies plenty of power to the tandem 90 series pumps for the ground drive and the attachment drive. With 115-hp, it offers unmatched performance and reliability. The new open-platform design allows the operator to perform all functions of the machine with ease. The ground drive, backfill blade and plow controls are conveniently located right in the arm rests of the fully suspension swivel seat. Likewise, the trencher and plow controls are right at the operator’s fingertips. It features an optional tilt-frame that allows the trencher to produce a straight bottom ditch even when working on slopes and right-of-ways. The Astec RT1160 with its proven Hydra-Shift (shift on the go) transmission and heavy-duty planetary trencher drive system raises the bar for performance, productivity, reliability and durability. 865.458.8575, astecunderground.com