HDD Skills Tested at Ditch Witch of Alabama Rodeo

Thu December 22, 2005 - Southeast Edition

“Horizontal Drills, Harleys and Horsepower” was the theme of Ditch Witch of Alabama’s 12th Annual Jet Trac Rodeo Blowout this fall.

Approximately 125 customers and other guests gathered for a jam-packed day of activities that included training sessions, a barbecue feast, a motorcycle parade and a rodeo that involved Ditch Witch horizontal directional drilling (HDD) equipment.

There was also a special appearance by the Super Witch, a wheelie-popping, earth-shaking, modified Ditch Witch trencher that always draws a crowd.

After lunch, participants from local utility and underground construction companies entered the corral for the Jet Trac rodeo, which challenged each team to use its own HDD equipment to make a 200-ft. bore in the fastest time and with the greatest precision. Each team had to drill as close as possible to flags at the 50-, 120-, and 200-ft. marks; a penalty point was assessed for each inch away from the flag.

Operating a JT920L, representatives of Underground Inc. in Wilmer, AL, took home the trophy. They received a $5,000 parts credit at Ditch Witch of Alabama. Second place and a $3,000 parts credit went to the team from Mobile Pipe and Welding of Mobile, AL, who used a JT2720 Mach 1. The bronze medal and $1,000 parts credit went to the team from South Alabama Utilities, Citronelle, AL, who operated a JT2720 Mach 1.