With new JT40 HDD, Ditch Witch delivers a data-filled operator’s station

Updated Jun 1, 2017

Ditch Witch Jt40 2017

Ditch Witch has introduced an all new JT40 horizontal directional drill (HDD) boasting an operator’s station improved with machine data views.

“The JT40 represents the future of horizontal drilling,” says Seth Matthesen, Ditch Witch’s senior product manager for HDDs. “The unit integrates machine data into an innovative display to keep operators informed and productive on the job. As with all of our products, we continue to seek customer feedback to improve uptime, profitability and performance, and this machine features several new pending patents to do exactly that.”

The new machine features two 7-inch LED displays that keep operators informed on “all critical machine functions and operations,” Ditch Witch says. Integrated into these displays is tracker information for visibility into all jobsite functions beyond drill operation.

The operator’s station also features a real-time carriage position indicator and a multifunctional, radial operator control highlighted on the display for “better control efficiency, including mud flow, rotation and more.”

Powered by a 160-gross-hp Cummins engine, Ditch Witch says the JT40 packs 14 percent more horsepower into a smaller package than competing models. The machine also features a two-speed, rotational drive system that delivers 5,500 lbs.-ft. of torque.

The JT40 holds up to 600 feet of drill pipe onboard and minimizes pipe-entry distance, “giving operators increased drill pipe support as it enters the ground,” the company says.

A fully enclosed cab with heat and air is an available option. The standard open air operator’s station features integrated vandal covers. Both cabs include an ergonomic seat and extended legroom.