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Ditch Witch Walk-behind Trenchers

Four new Ditch Witch compact walk-behind trenchers, the RT12, RT16, RT20, and RT24, incorporate a stacked, in-line hydraulic pump configuration that eliminates vertical shafts and the use of belts and/or flywheel reduction systems.

February 22, 2012

Four new Ditch Witch compact walk-behind trenchers, the RT12, RT16, RT20, and RT24, 

incorporate a stacked, in-line hydraulic pump configuration that eliminates vertical shafts and the use of belts and/or flywheel reduction systems.

The units feature fully hydrostatic ground drives with hydraulic skid steer-style steering. Simple hand controls—one hand to mobile, two hands to trench—mean there's less operator training necessary.

Solid, adjustable trail wheels help keep the machines stable and reduce breakover when loading, unloading, and traveling over curbs and other uneven terrain.

The trail wheel gives the machines another point of leverage, beside the track undercarriage, to keep the trencher boom in the ground during operation and/or maintain down pressure when placing the boom in the ground.

Ditch Witch Walk-behind Trencher Specifications

RT12, RT16

  • Engine outputs: 12 horsepower; 16 horsepower
  • Trench depth, max: 36 inches
  • Trench width, min to max: 4.3 to 6 inches (both models)
  • Boom travel up, boom travel down: 60 degrees

RT20, RT24

  • Engine outputs: 20 horsepower; 24 horsepower
  • Trench depth, max: 48 inches
  • Trench width, min to max: 4.3 to 6 inches; 4.3 to 8 inches
  • Boom travel up, boom travel down: 60 degrees

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