Walk-behind trenchers appeal to renters

May 2012, Vol. 67 No. 5

The Charles Machine Works Inc., manufacturer of Ditch Witch underground construction equipment, has introduced a new line of compact and powerful walk-behind trenchers.

The Ditch Witch RT12, RT16, RT20, and RT24 are designed and manufactured to provide an exceptional return on investment for small business owners, particularly equipment rental companies. Heavy-duty components, low-maintenance hydraulic systems, and standard outboard bearing supports are among the many features that add up to unbeatable efficiency and value.

Numerous design features give reason for Ditch Witch trenchers’ durability and reputation for maximum performance with minimal downtime. A longer-lasting, easier-to-use hydraulic systems incorporates a stacked, in-line hydraulic pump configuration that effectively eliminates vertical shafts and the use of belts and/or flywheel reduction systems, and ultimately reduces downtime. The walk-behind trenchers have fully hydrostatic ground drives, with simple-to-use, hydraulic, skid-steer-style steering. Even novice operators can quickly understand the hand controls—one hand to mobile, two hands to trench—so there’s less operator training necessary, and less operator fatigue. Ditch Witch walk-behinds feature a solid, adjustable trail wheel that helps keep the unit stable and reduces breakover when loading, unloading and traveling over curbs and other uneven terrain. Also, to keep the trencher boom in the ground during operation and/or maintain down pressure when placing the boom in the ground, the trail wheel gives the machine another point of leverage besides the track undercarriage. The trail wheel is one of several unique features that distinguish the performance of Ditch Witch walk-behind trenchers.

With every new walk-behind trencher, the Ditch Witch organization offers a choice of high-flotation tires or a heavy-duty DuraTrak track system, which provides exceptional traction and stability over rough and uneven terrain.

Buyer's Guide