Product Spotlight: Trencher designed to operate in tight spaces

Product Spotlight: Trencher designed to operate in tight spaces

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To enhance the operator experience, while tackling tough jobs on tight schedules, Ditch Witch has introduced the RT70 ride-on trencher. The trencher is equipped with features that increase operator comfort and visibility, helping to boost efficiency on the job site.

“At Ditch Witch, we understand the challenges that utility contractors face daily,” says Steve Seabolt, product manager, ride-on tractors, Ditch Witch Organization. “The RT70 is compact and maneuverable, yet powerful. This new unit, with its unique features, will allow the operator to tackle tough jobs in tight conditions.”

The ergonomic operator station features an open layout with a 90-degree swivel seat, ample leg room and intuitive controls. Enhanced visibility gives operators a full view of the machine — from front tire to back tire and the attachment — helping operators of any experience level increase productivity. It also includes a cooling fan to reduce temperature levels in the operator station by moving exhaust out of the side of the machine rather than toward the operator. This helps keep workers safer and more comfortable during long days.

Powered by a 72 hp Yanmar Tier 4 Stage V-compliant diesel engine, and built with a narrow footprint of 73 inches wide, the RT70 rubber-tire trencher can handle heavy-duty jobs and still maneuver around the tight job sites that are often found on septic system installation jobs. According to Seabolt, it is the only ride-on trencher available with crab and coordinated steering modes, which allows operators to turn the machine with a steering wheel instead of using two separate levers. “This makes it easier to use and frees them up to focus on other parts of the job,” he says.

The unit’s modular design features a single base with the option to move from tires to tracks. Multiple attachments and a variety of optional add-ons allow operators to reconfigure the machine throughout its lifecycle to customize it for specific job site needs. It is built to increase operator productivity with daily maintenance points in one easy-to-access location and a single-piece, easy-open hood. 

“Fast and simple maintenance means that operators can spend their valuable time where it matters most — on the job site,” says Seabolt. 580-336-4402; 


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