The new RT80 trencher offers a narrower footprint and a modular design to fit and function in small, urban environments
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Designed for Versatility; Next Generation Ditch Witch RT80 Trencher Released for Urban Utility Jobs

PERRY, Okla., Nov. 12, 2019 – Underground construction in urban areas can be a constricting and uniquely challenging experience – especially without a versatile and maneuverable machine.

Providing a solution to these challenges for contractors and operators inspired improvements of an already proven Ditch Witch ride-on trencher, the RT80.

The new, modern RT80 trencher brings a narrower, more modular design and added versatility to the Ditch Witch family of trenchers – features contractors need most to increase productivity on today’s evolving urban jobsites. The slimmer model is ideal for heavy-duty trenching, vibratory plowing and microtrenching in confined urban and residential areas where larger machines cannot maneuver as freely.

With the typical residential street lane having a width of 11 feet, the RT80’s footprint of just over 6 1/2 feet gives operators plenty of room to work without disrupting the surrounding area.

“The RT80 trencher was built to adapt,” said Chris Thompson, Ditch Witch product manager, heavy-duty trenchers. “Faced with tighter deadlines, smaller budgets and more congested underground networks, contractors need a utility trencher that can fit and function in any environment. That was our mindset when designing the new version of the RT80.”

Moving between jobsites is also simplified with the new RT80 trencher. A modular track-frame design allows tires and tracks to be easily interchanged in the field. And when it’s equipped with tracks, the trencher fits on a standard drop-deck trailer for easy transport.

The updated design improves the RT80 trencher’s versatility, but it still delivers the productivity and ease of use that the machine’s users expect.

Productivity

Built for heavy-duty work, the RT80 trencher is powered by a 74.5-horsepower Deutz®, Tier 4 diesel engine. It delivers a best-in-class static load rating of 35,407 pounds and a wide-axle rating of 39,000 pounds.

The machine is built to maximize efficiency, as well. Its three-speed, shift-on-the-fly ground drive system increases productivity by allowing operators to select the correct range without needing to stop work. And it can work in any terrain or weather condition. An advanced cruise-control system senses engine load and automatically adjusts ground drive speed to changing soil conditions for superior traction and maneuverability.

Ease of Use

The RT80 trencher’s new high seat rotates 90 degrees with the operator for more comfortable, simplified operation. And operation, itself, is aided by a dial-control design, which places precision control of ground drive and attachment speeds in the operator’s hands.

For more information on the RT80 trencher, contact your local Ditch Witch dealer or visit: https://www.ditchwitch.com/trenchers/ride-on/rt80

+ About the Ditch Witch® Organization

Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, invented the underground utility construction industry, and today it designs, manufactures and markets the most complete line of directional drills, drill pipe, HDD tooling, vacuum excavators, trenchers, chain, teeth and sprockets, mini-skid steers and vibratory plows. Handcrafted in the USA, its products are supported by the Ditch Witch dealer network with over 175 locations worldwide.

Visit www.ditchwitch.com, Ditch Witch Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter pages, and YouTube channel to find more details about Ditch Witch products, events, financial services, special offers, videos, photos and other information. Contact Ditch Witch at info@ditchwitch.com or 800-654-6481.

+ About Charles Machine Works

Established in 1902, Charles Machine Works, an employee-owned company, founded in Perry, Oklahoma, is the only manufacturer and global distributor that solely exists to make underground utility construction profitable. Our family of companies includes Ditch Witch®, Subsite® Electronics, DW/TXS®, HammerHead®, Radius® HDD, American Augers®, Trencor® and MTI® Equipment. For more information, visit charlesmachine.works.

American Augers®, Ditch Witch®, DW/TXS®, HammerHead®, MTI®, Radius®, Subsite® and Trencor® are trademarks of The Charles Machine Works, Inc.

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