March 25th, 2008
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The Ditch Witch XT1600 excavator-tool carrier is designed to perform the work of three machines: a backhoe loader, mini excavator, and compact track loader. Equipped with a 59-hp diesel engine, the versatile XT1600 is a ride-on unit that features a 260-degree excavator sweep that enables the operator to dig in multiple positions in confined places, including offset digging along walls, fences, and buildings. The XT1600 has a relatively small footprint, which is an advantage in terms of maneuvering around tight jobsites and also in terms of transport, says Lumbers. At only 9500 pounds, it allows a variety of trailer and towing options. At the site, operators can expect a smooth ride from the XT1600, thanks to an innovative equalizer track system with pivoting rollers that keep more track on the surface. Greater comfort for the operator means less fatigue, says Lumbers. And more track on the ground gives the machine greater stability, for easier loading and unloading. Stabilizers on the excavator end, give the unit additional stability when excavating in tough soils. Operator comfort is further enhanced by the XT1600’s roomy operator’s station, which provides exceptional visibility for a machine its size.