FM5X Fluid Management

Make Your Life Easier.

Though oftentimes overlooked, fluid management is a critical part of the full horizontal directional drilling (HDD) process. It is critical in following certain safety regulations, but also to help keep costs down and productivity up. The updated line of Ditch Witch fluid management systems sets the standards for fluid management in the HDD industry. The updated systems incorporate new design features to meet the high-standards for drill productivity, improve drilling fluid flow, increase durability and provide faster mixing cycle times and yield times. The Ditch Witch family of fluid management systems includes the FT5, FM5X, FM13X and FM25X to meet the needs of any small- to mid-sized HDD project.

Ditch Witch FM5X Fluid Management
Features and Benefits

The FM5X is powered by a 5-hp Honda® engine and equipped with an optional 300-gallon (757-L), 400-gallon (1,514.1-L) or 500-gallon (1,892.7-L) tank to match the needs of smaller diameter, short-distance utility installations jobs. The unit supports JT10 and some JT20 applications.

A high-performance Flomax® pump delivers 160-gpm (606-L/min) of flow, and operates up to 10 percent more efficiently than previous models – all without additional horsepower.

Flexible pump mounting offers a variety of setup configurations to meet the needs of small-diameter HDD jobs.

A new wet hopper design increases the venturi inlet from 1.25- to 2-inches - a 60 percent larger opening for material flow and superior fluid mixing. And, steep sides incorporated into the design help speed mixing cycles.

An updated, internal venturi design optimizes fluid velocity, increasing overall system productivity.

Designed with a powder-coated finish, the unit is more durable, economical and resistant to chips, rusting or fading.

A narrow-tank design allows the unit to easily be positioned side-by-side with a drill unit on a trailer for easy jobsite transportation and reduced jobsite costs.


Your Ditch Witch equipment is backed by a worldwide network of dealers you can count on for unmatched commitment to your success. From genuine Ditch Witch parts to factory-trained service to expert advice, your Ditch Witch dealer has it all for you.


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