Rubber Tire Trenchers: Equipment Spotlight

December 2013, Vol. 68 No. 12
The Vermeer RTX550

Rubber tire trenchers from Vermeer, Ditch Witch, MidAmerica Trenchers and Toro.

With your choice of rubber tires or a quad-track system, the RTX550 is equipped for most terrains with a wide selection of attachment options such as a trencher, vibratory plow and rockwheel. The RTX550 also features the Vermeer exclusive TrenchSense electronic control system that actively monitors engine rpm and chain operation. If a sudden drop in engine rpm occurs or chain operation stops, the tractor automatically pauses forward creep and slightly back up and the trencher chain also slightly reverses to dislodge any material. 888.837.6337,

Ditch Witch
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Utility and excavation contractors get more done in less time with the Ditch Witch RT120 Ride-on Tractor, the most versatile member of the Ditch Witch RT-series. Built with a heavy-duty undercarriage and featuring a best-in-class ground clearance of 15.5 inches and a 1,500-pound track frame engineered to tilt – the RT120 tractor helps operators more accurately trench vertically on uneven terrain and more productively around bar ditches and creek beds. Powered by a 120-hp, Tier 4 Deutz engine – the RT120 tractor’s three-speed, shift-on-the-fly transmission allows operators to quickly adjust to changing ground conditions. For jobsite versatility, the RT120 tractor can handle several attachments for a range of underground construction tasks. 800.654.6481,

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The Toro Pro Sneak 360 Vibratory Plow delivers powerful plowing in a compact, maneuverable package — perfect for installing drip line, cable, or anything else in tight spaces. Driven by a Caterpillar C1.6 four-cylinder, liquid-cooled diesel engine, the Pro Sneak ensures dependable power and productivity whether trenching or plowing. The Pro Sneak delivers consistent plowing up to 24-inches deep, regardless of the terrain. It features 10-degree frame oscillation to ensure constant wheel-to-ground contact when plowing. An optional front-mounted trencher that delivers a dig depth of up to 36 inches is also available. 800.344.8676,

BJM pump

BJM pump
BJM Pump

The J-Series electric submersible pumps offer top performance and high quality for a very modest investment. The pumps are designed for long life and trouble free performance. The J-Series electric submersible pumps offer top performance and high quality for a very modest investment.