Ditch Witch of Georgia Holds Eastern Region Demo Event

Thu August 07, 2014 - Southeast Edition
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Approximately 200 guests from all parts east of the Mississippi River, including areas in Canada, made their way to Ditch Witch of Georgia in Forest Park, Ga., for two days of rock drilling instruction at the Ditch Witch “We Rock” rock drillin
Approximately 200 guests from all parts east of the Mississippi River, including areas in Canada, made their way to Ditch Witch of Georgia in Forest Park, Ga., for two days of rock drilling instruction at the Ditch Witch “We Rock” rock drillin
Approximately 200 guests from all parts east of the Mississippi River, including areas in Canada, made their way to Ditch Witch of Georgia in Forest Park, Ga., for two days of rock drilling instruction at the Ditch Witch “We Rock” rock drillin (L-R): Kurt Andrews, Ditch Witch, Perry, Okla.; and David Ponder, Cindy Fawcett, Wade Bailey and Ronnie Mayfield, all of Ditch Witch of Georgia, worked hard to make the event a success. (L-R): Tony Bishop, TNT Underground Utilities, Hazlehurst, Miss.; Greg Wolfe, Ditch Witch, Perry, Okla.; and Daniel Shotts, Ditch Witch Mid-South, Pearl, Miss., discuss the productivity of the Ditch Witch all-terrain drilling units. (L-R): Harvey Layne, Brooks Excavation, Nashville, Tenn.; Duane Brooks, Brooks Excavation, McMinnville, Tenn.; Doug Stephens and Ray Romano, both of Ditch Witch, LaVergne, Tenn.; and Darrell Key, MidSouth Utility Group, Lebanon, Tenn., await the demonstra (L-R): Joey Mace, Four Seasons Cable, Williamson, Ga.; Brian Gable, Ditch Witch of Georgia, Forest Park, Ga.; and Jim Martin and Jim Beason, both of Piedmont Utility Group, Shelby, N.C., test out this Ditch Witch JT25 drilling unit. (L-R): Jim Disbrow and Derek Menton, both of Skoda Contracting, Flanders, N.J.; Tom Resvkowski, JESCO, South Plainfield, N.J.; and Jim White and Jim O’Connor, both of OTS of New Jersey, Jackson, N.J., watch each of the drilling rigs at work, includi Larry Kindschi, product specialist, Ditch Witch, Perry, Okla., monitors the solids coming back to the new Ditch Witch reclaimer product — seen by many for the first time. The Ditch Witch FXT50 truck-mounted vacuum excavator was used for fluid clean up at the demo site. Thomas Horne (L) and Tim Sealey, both of Directional Services Inc., Hope Mills, N.C., open this Ditch Witch JT60 drill after test operating the machine. Attendees enjoy a southern style barbeque in the shop area of Ditch Witch of Georgia’s Forest Park, Ga., facility.


Approximately 200 guests from all parts east of the Mississippi River, including areas in Canada, made their way to Ditch Witch of Georgia in Forest Park, Ga., for two days of rock drilling instruction of the Ditch Witch "We Rock" rock drilling training event on June 25 and 26.

"There are 17 Ditch Witch dealers represented at this event including about 150 customers and over 40 different dealer personnel," said Greg Wolfe, Ditch Witch eastern U.S. sales manager. "We held the event over a two-day period with the first day being a training event for the Ditch Witch dealer organization on these products."

The Ditch Witch products that were tested in a "real world" environment included four drills, a soft excavation unit, mud reclaimer, mud mixer, tracking electronics and downhole tools. Ditch Witch Financial Services was available to finance any of the products. The reclaimer is a new product demoed at the event, and provides the ability to reuse material and water without continually hauling more in.

"The soft excavation FXT50 unit being used on the demo site, which is a truck-mounted vacuum excavation product, complements the entire Ditch Witch directional drilling line-up that we have," said Wolfe. "We offer everything from about a 30 horsepower up to roughly a 74 horsepower soft excavation unit."

Wolfe talked about a future product offering from Ditch Witch.

"The reclaimer being demoed on this site is a test unit that will probably go into production in January. We’ve had it out with customers and it is gaining great acceptance. It’s a 90 gallon per minute system, with four filters and 450 gallon capacity to dispose of fluid as well as reclaim and reuse fluid."

"It’s nice to see these machines set up side-by-side working together and to see the different applications and the different tooling on each of the various sized machines," said Ditch Witch customer Jim O’Connor of OTS, Jackson, N.J. "From a 100,000 lbs. rig down to a 30,000 lbs. rig, the AT [all terrain] versus the non-AT machines with the air hammer set-ups. They have the new mud reclaiming system here, the system that isn’t in production yet, but they’re letting us see it now. It’s kind of exciting to see how it could be very beneficial to us [once available]. This was a good event, well planned and we’re happy to be here."

An important aspect of the Ditch Witch product line, which was stressed during the event, was the company doesn’t "just build drills." Ditch Witch manufactures its own drill pipe, downhole tooling, electronics, mud mixing and soft excavation products.

Wolfe was pleased with the event and the location selected.

"This show is the first of its kind outside of our corporate location in quite a long time. At this location, we have the ability to demonstrate our products in a real environment and a real job site type application. We’re drilling into granite structures here that are underground versus above ground. At this particular site, we’re hitting rock below only inches of dirt on this site."