Product Report: XT1600

Ditch Witch says its XT600 excavator-tool carrier is designed to perform the work of three machines: a backhoe, compact excavator and compact track loader.

Equipped with a 59-horsepower diesel engine, the ride-on unit has a 260-degree excavator sweep that allows you to dig in multiple positions in confined places, including offset digging along walls, fences and buildings. “The XT1600 has a relatively small footprint,” says Mike Lumbers, senior compact utility product manager for The Charles Machine Works, which manufacturers the Ditch Witch brand. This is an advantage when maneuvering around tight jobsites, he says. And since the machine only weighs in at 9,500 pounds, “it allows a variety of trailer and towing options,” Lumbers says.

The machine’s equalizer track system with pivoting rollers keeps more track on the surface, allowing a smooth ride and stability when loading and unloading. Stabilizers on the excavator end give the unit additional stability when excavating in tough soils. With the ability to give 30 horsepower to an attachment, the XT1600 can run a variety of compact utility attachments, including most full-size skid steer attachments.

Quick Specs
Engine: Kubota V2003-M-DIESEL-TE2B diesel
Height: 107 inches
Length: 179 inches
Width: 69 inches
Weight: 9,500 pounds