New JT3020 Packs More Punch, Creates Less Noise

PERRY, Oklahoma ” The Ditch Witch organization is introducing a horizontal directional drill that builds on the success of its popular Ditch Witch® JT2720 Mach 1 unit. 

The new JT3020 Mach 1 is an extended-range, self-contained machine with 30,000 pounds (133 kN) of pullback and the capacity to bore pilot holes up to 4.5 inches and backream diameters up to 12 inches.

[The JT3020 Mach 1] is everything our customers love about the JT2720 plus greater power, less noise, a better operator™s station, and an incredibly efficient mud pump, says CMW™s Richard Levings, senior product manager of HDD equipment. The engine has a new cooling design that allows extraordinary horsepower (148 hp/110 kW) in a small, quiet package. Under normal operating conditions, the engine is quieter than some of our much-smaller HDD units. But the engine automatically turns up the horsepower when the drilling conditions become more challenging.

The JT3020 actually combines the best qualities of several Ditch Witch models, not just the JT2720. For example, it has the same kind of wrenches, pipeloader and stabilizers as the popular Ditch Witch JT1220 and JT2020 Mach 1. These field-proven components are familiar to our customers”so there™s minimal additional training involved”and now they can find it all on this one advanced machine, says Levings.

Another feature is the machine™s fluid pump, which delivers 42-viscosity drilling fluid at 50 gallons per minute, helping the JT3020 drill with outstanding efficiency. Machine operators will be a lot more efficient, too, thanks in part to a work station redesigned with a great deal of customer input. All of the information an operator needs during a bore, like pressure gauges and tracking information, is now right in his line of sight as he looks at the tool joint, explains Levings. And we™ve really streamlined the information available to the operator. The JT3020 has one easy-to-read, menu-driven LCD screen that provides, among many things, real-time status of the pipe makeup and breakout cycle.

The JT3020 also features a rack-and-pinion thrust drive with a double rack that is welded rather than bolted on, which prevents misalignment with the pinion. The double rack distributes the load equally, so there is less wear on the machine. And supporting the entire operation is a redesigned anchor system that is easy to set up and is designed to hold firm in virtually any soil condition. The anchor motors do not require disconnecting and provide as much torque as the largest Ditch Witch Jet Trac model, the JT8020.

The Ditch Witch organization specializes in the design and manufacture of high-quality underground construction equipment. The company is a one-stop source for trenchers, vibratory plows, pneumatic piercing tools, backhoes, electronic tracking and locating tools, horizontal directional drilling systems, drill pipe, downhole tools, vacuum excavation systems, excavator-tool carriers, and mini skid steers.

All of these products are recognized around the world for their advanced design, rugged construction, long-term durability, ease of use, and reliability. This product line represents the most complete range of equipment for installing utilities underground.

The Ditch Witch name is one you can trust for your equipment and financial needs. Ditch Witch Financial Services (DWFS) is a full-service provider, offering a wide variety of finance and lease options to meet your individual requirements.  

For more information about the JT3020 Mach 1, call 800-654-6481 or visit

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