The Charles Machine Works (CMW) Inc., manufacturer of Ditch Witch underground construction equipment, released two new directional drills: the Ditch Witch JT30 Mach 1 and JT30 All Terrain.
Both drills incorporate extensive customer feedback from years of experience in all types of job conditions. The end result: drills with greater power to all drill functions, more stability, simplicity of operation and greater overall efficiency, according to the manufacturer.
Each drill is equipped with a 160-gross-hp (119 kW), Tier IVi engine. With full power available to all machine functions, the JT30 Mach 1 and JT30 All Terrain are able to operate with greater efficiency.
These drills are equipped with numerous features exclusive to the Ditch Witch organization. One such feature is “assisted makeup and breakout,” which means that the machines automatically adjust the carriage thrust speed when making up and breaking out drill pipe. This saves wear on pipe threads and helps reduce operator fatigue.
Other features include intuitive carve mode, which enables the operator to steer more easily with the TriHawk drill bit; a double-pivot drill frame, which allows steep entry angles without raising the tracks off the ground; and a heavy-duty anchor system that enables the operator to push or pull with full machine thrust and maintain stability, resulting in a more productive and efficient bore.
The JT30 All Terrain features Ditch Witch all terrain technology with an advanced inner-rod design, enabling the machine to drill in the widest range of ground conditions, from mixed hard soil to solid rock, according to the manufacturer.