Ditch Witch JT8020 Takes Drilling In Another Direction

PERRY, Okla. ” The Ditch Witch organization announces the release of the JT8020 Mach 1, a track-mounted, self-contained system that sets a new standard for power and speed among horizontal directional drilling (HDD) systems. The JT8020™s 261-hp (195 kW) turbocharged, air-cooled diesel engine and enhanced hydraulic system deliver 80,000 lb (356 kN) of pullback. For maximum performance, the unit™s thrust/pullback, rotation, and drilling-fluid functions are designed to run simultaneously without one function robbing power from another. And its two-speed pipe carriage works up to twice as fast as any other directional drilling system on the market.

Electric-over-hydraulic controls maximize operator efficiency, with one control operating thrust/pullback and rotation, while pipeloading, thread lubrication, makeup, breakout and unloading are all controlled by fast, hands-free hydraulic subsystems. Among the JT8020™s other ergonomic features is a multi-position, all-weather cab that can be equipped with climate-control systems for year-round comfort.

The most powerful of the Ditch Witch line of HDD machines, the JT8020 has an optional on-board, 360-degree rotating crane that can be used for changing pipe boxes, anchoring the unit, lifting downhole tools, and other heavy-lifting jobs. Despite its size and power, the JT8020 sets up in a relatively compact working area. The unit unloads and drives into position on high-flotation tracks: rubber for urban applications or steel tracks for rough terrain.

Like all Ditch Witch HDD systems, the JT8020 is made up entirely of Ditch Witch products precisely engineered to work together as a unit, says Levings. No other manufacturer can make this claim.

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, mini skid steers and pipebursting systems.

The Ditch Witch name is one you can trust for your equipment and financial needs. Ditch Witch Financial Services (DWFS) is

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