Ditch Witch launches new directional drill


Ditch Witch has released their new JT20XP horizontal directional drill (HDD) package featuring a JT20XP drill and XP44 mixing system.

Ditch Witch® says their industry-first solution is the only drilling system in its class to utilise all on-board combined total horsepower of 118 for thrust, rotation, and mixing.

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"We designed the JT20XP package to complement the unique needs of HDD contractors in the mid-sized utility-installation space," Seth Matthesen, Ditch Witch HDD category manager, says.

"The JT20XP drill provides improved spindle torque and speed over its predecessor while delivering 56% more mud flow than competitive units. It’s matched by the XP44’s superior mixing capabilities to offer a more productive solution for larger jobs, while retaining a small, compact footprint."

The full XP package features an innovative, compact design making it easy to manoeuver and transport between job sites. It also offers contractors an all-diesel job site for more convenient operations and simple fuel service.

Powered by a 74.5hp Tier-4 Deutz® diesel engine, the JT20XP HDD helps maximise available horsepower for thrust and rotation.

The drill delivers 14% increased spindle torque over its predecessor and offers 10% increased spindle speed than competitive units, allowing operators the ability to run downhole tooling at faster speeds for improved underground cutting.

With no grease zerks, which Ditch Witch says is exclusive to them, the JT20XP is easier to maintain for increased uptime, and, the environmentally friendly Tier-4 engine requires no DEF, further simplifying maintenance.

The JT20XP is equipped with a newly designed operator’s station featuring ergonomic, adjustable seats, and an advanced colour LCD display provides engine diagnostics and informational messages, including electronic strike indicators (ESID), helping operators stay aware of what’s going on in and around the drill and job site.

The XP44 mixing system is equipped with a dedicated 44-hp Tier 4 Yanmar® diesel engine for superior mixing capabilities and drilling fluid delivery.

As a powerful standalone, diesel-powered mixing system, the XP44 can offer excellent mixing capabilities in a quieter package for less disruption in noise-sensitive areas.

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