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Ditch Witch’s JT40 features new technology to boost productivity
Jill Odom | February 20, 2017
JT40 Operating on Landscape

The JT40 features several pending patents to optimize drilling productivity and operator comfort.
Photo: Ditch Witch

To increase drilling productivity, Ditch Witch has added the JT40 horizontal directional drill to its fleet.

The machine is powered by a 160-gross horsepower Tier 4 Cummins diesel engine. Operators receive a 14 percent horsepower boost compared to other models in its class, according to the company.

The JT40 features a two-speed, rotational drive system that produces 5,500 feet-pounds of torque and has a minimized pipe-entry distance. It can hold up to 600 feet of drill pipe onboard and operators are able to manually insert multiple sticks of drill pipe once the pipe box is empty, increasing productivity.

The unit comes with two, 7-inch LED displays for a direct view of all critical machine functions. The machine’s real-time carriage-position indicators pinpoint the exact carriage location and a multifunctional, radial operator control is highlighted on the display for better control efficiency.

Tracker information is included in the advanced displays to improve visibility on all jobsite functions.

“The JT40 represents the future of horizontal drilling,” said Seth Matthesen, Ditch Witch senior product manager of horizontal directional drills. “The unit integrates machine data into an innovative display to keep operators informed and productive on the job. As with all of our products, we continue to seek customer feedback to improve uptime, profitability and performance, and this machine features several new pending patents to do exactly that.”

Maintenance has been simplified the fold-out, lift-off service doors and the removal of daily grease zerks.

The JT40 comes with the option of a fully enclosed cab with heat and air capabilities or an open station with integrated vandal covers. Both choices come with an ergonomic seat, extended legroom and places the operator at a 45-degree angle for better visibility of all critical vision points.

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