The updated line of Ditch Witch fluid-management systems includes the FT5, FM5X, FM13X, and FM25X for use on small- to mid-sized directional-drilling projects. Tank sizes range from 200 to 950 gallons, and engines run to 25 horsepower.
The FM5X, FM13X, and FM25X models have an updated, internal venturi design, and a wet hopper design increases the venturi inlet from 1.25 to 2 inches. With a sloping bottom on the tanks, all drilling fluid flows through the pump and is thoroughly mixed, Ditch Witch says. A powder-coat finish provides durability, and helps with chipping, rust, and fading resistance for a longer useful life.
The FM25X system can be configured to accommodate a variety of setups for easier transport, and offers fuel configurations from both sides of the unit. A hydraulic circuit enables operators to run two tank systems simultaneously. By mixing one tank while a drill on-site is using mud from the other tank for underground construction, the unit eliminates the need to stop a bore to mix fluid, the company says.