October 2018 Vol. 73 No. 10

New Products

Ditch Witch HDD Rig Package, MetaFLO Partnership Delivers Customer-Focused Solutions

Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, released a new JT20XP horizontal directional drill (HDD) package featuring a JT20XP drill and XP44 mixing system. The industry-first solution is the only drilling system in its class to utilize all on-board horsepower for thrust and rotation. Together, the full 118-horsepower solution provides industry-leading power and superior productivity for larger utility-installation jobs.

“We designed the JT20XP package to complement the unique needs of HDD contractors in the mid-sized utility-installation space,” said Seth Matthesen, Ditch Witch HDD category manager. “The JT20XP drill provides improved spindle torque and speed over its predecessor, while delivering 56 percent more mud flow than competitive units. It’s matched by the XP44’s superior mixing capabilities to offer a more productive solution for larger jobs, while retaining a small, compact footprint.”

The full XP package features an innovative, compact design that makes it easy to maneuver and transport between urban job sites. It also offers contractors an all-diesel job site for more convenient operations and simple fuel service.

Powered by a 74.5-horsepower Tier-4 Deutz diesel engine, the JT20XP HDD maximizes available muscle for thrust and rotation. The drill delivers 14-percent increased spindle torque over its predecessor and 10-percent more spindle speed than competitive units, allowing operators to run downhole tooling at faster speeds for improved underground cutting.

Similar to all Ditch Witch drills, the JT20XP is equipped with a newly designed operator’s station featuring ergonomic, adjustable seats that keep the operator comfortable for long hours on the job. An advanced, color LCD display provides engine diagnostics and informational messages, helping operators stay aware of what’s going on in and around the drill and job site.

The XP44 mixing system is equipped with a dedicated 44-horespower Tier 4 Yanmar diesel engine for superior mixing capabilities and drilling fluid delivery. As a powerful stand-alone, diesel-powered mixing system, the XP44 offers excellent mixing capabilities in a quieter package for less disruption in noise-sensitive areas.

MetaFLO Technologies partnership

To combat the highly regulatory, costly and time-consuming challenges of dumping liquid spoils from directional drilling, Ditch Witch has partnered with MetaFLO Technologies to be the exclusive provider of SolidState 2 and SolidState 6 solidification reagents. This partnership will provide a more accessible and efficient process for the solidification of drilling spoils to an extended network of users and contractors.

Utilizing the SolidState reagents, underground construction contractors can easily and quickly solidify and stabilize drilling fluids to cut time, costs and the environmental impact of disposing waste. These reagents can convert liquid spoils into a solid in the time it takes to get to a dump site – or less – and create dry, stackable solids for easy handling and transportation.
Both the SolidState reagents are exclusively sold through the global Ditch Witch dealer network, providing a one-stop shop to underground construction contractors for their job-site needs.

The SolidState 2 reagent is engineered to work in conjunction with mixing systems for large-volume applications. It solidifies liquids in fewer than 30 minutes using a typical dosage of 0.5 – 1.5 percent by weight.

SolidState 6 is specifically designed for heavier, semi-solid waste streams. It absorbs quickly and works immediately, solidifying liquids in fewer than 10 minutes using a typical dosage of 0.25 – 1 percent by weight.

Ditch Witch, (800) 654-6481, ditchwitch.com

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