Ditch Witch JT9 Is the Most Powerful Drill in Its Class

Mon July 14, 2014 - National Edition
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Offering 9,000 lb. of pullback force in its sturdy yet compact frame, the JT9 combines the simplicity and easy operation of smaller drills with the advanced features of bigger drilling machines.
Offering 9,000 lb. of pullback force in its sturdy yet compact frame, the JT9 combines the simplicity and easy operation of smaller drills with the advanced features of bigger drilling machines.

The 64-hp (48 kW) Ditch Witch JT9 horizontal directional drill is the most powerful drill in its class. Its high-performance, air-cooled Deutz diesel engine is Tier IV, so it can provide years of reliable service without the need for an expensive upgrade, according to the manufacturer.

Offering 9,000 lb. of pullback force in its sturdy yet compact frame, the JT9 combines the simplicity and easy operation of smaller drills with the advanced features of bigger drilling machines — like a heavy-duty anchor system, open-top vise wrenches and an integrated remote display.

The JT9 is the most powerful but also the shortest drill in its class, so it can reach and set up in tight spaces. It is easy to maneuver in and around the job site, and rides on turf-friendly tracks that minimize surface disturbance, according to the manufacturer.

Everything about the new JT9 is designed to ensure the most efficient utility installation possible. During operation, the drill operator is positioned near the center of the pipe rack, which simplifies pipe handling. The carriage travels the length of the drill frame faster than other drills in its class, resulting in faster cycle times and more pipe in the ground. And the JT9 holds 300 ft. (90 m) of drill pipe on board so larger jobs can be finished faster.

The JT9 has a comfortable operator’s station designed to reduce operator stress and help improve productivity. The operator’s station features an advanced display that provides all engine diagnostics, and an ergonomic seat that slides fore and aft so drill-pipe handling requires less operator reach.

Before and after operation, maintenance is simple and efficient, too. The JT9 has no grease zerks and all daily maintenance points are in one easily accessible location.

For more information, call 800/654-6481 or visit www.ditchwitch.com.