Compact Horizontal Directional Drill Works In Tight Locations

Compact Horizontal Directional Drill Works In Tight Locations
JT9 horizontal directional drill from Ditch Witch

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Powered by a 66 hp air-cooled Tier 4 final Deutz diesel engine, the JT9 horizontal directional drill from the Ditch Witch organization is 146 inches long, 48 inches wide and 74 inches tall. It has a 3-inch bore diameter, 10- to 14-degree entry angle and 18-degree angle of approach and departure.

“It’s a lot of power in a compact footprint, so it gives you the ability to set up in areas and do things that you can’t with a larger machine,” says Seth Matthesen, Ditch Witch product manager. “If you’re drilling from a sidewalk to a house or you’re trying to get into a certain position, the length of the machine is pretty key; instead of having to close the whole road you can close one lane. So it gives you the ability to get into tighter spots. When you get into backyards you’re dealing with easements on private property, which may have limited setup area and landscaping. Having that short, compact footprint is important.”

The drill delivers 9,000 pounds of pullback force (188 fpm), 186 rpm maximum spindle speed, holds 300 feet of drill pipe on board and features turf-friendly tracks to minimize surface disturbance.

“This unit has the capability both in the pullback and the drill outmode to have assisted makeup. What that does is whenever you’re making and breaking pipe it keeps from scarring and jamming ends together. That makes your pipe last longer and it makes you more productive.”

The operator station slides forward and back for optimal position near the center of the pipe rack. It includes an ergonomic seat and integrated display with single-hand pullback and thrust. Open-top vise wrenches are angled toward the operator to provide a clear view of the pipe.

“It’s designed for curb-to-home, shorter shots and confined spaces like alleyways and rear lots,” he says. “Typically you’re not going to use a large back-reamer, that’s where you need the largest machines. You can pull a fairly large reamer but it’s soil dependent. What limits you is the fluid flow rate. Typically this machine can be used for 200- to 300-foot bores with 4-inch pipe and less.”

The onboard drilling fluid system with 18-gallon hydraulic reservoir has a maximum pressure of 750 psi and maximum flow of 13 gpm. The drill has no grease zerks with all daily maintenance points in one location.

“We know somebody is going to miss something,” Matthesen says. “We designed the machine so the operator doesn’t have to spend 10 or 15 minutes each day crawling around with a grease gun.” 800/654-6481;


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