The Ditch Witch RT70 is powered by a 72-hp Yanmar Tier 4 Stage V compliant diesel engine.

The Ditch Witch RT70 is powered by a 72-hp Yanmar Tier 4 Stage V compliant diesel engine.

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Ditch Witch has introduced the RT70 ride-on trencher to enhance utility and fiber companies’ experiences. The newly designed trencher is equipped with features that increase operator comfort and visibility, helping to boost efficiency on the jobsite.

For example, the ergonomically designed operator station features an open layout with a 90-degree swivel seat, more legroom, and intuitive controls. This enhanced visibility gives operators a full view of the machine — from front tire to back tire and the attachment — helping operators of any experience level increase productivity. The RT70 also includes a patented cooling fan to reduce temperature levels in the operator station by moving hot, uncomfortable exhaust out of the side of the machine rather than toward the operator like traditional fans. This helps keep workers safer and more comfortable during long days.

Powered by a 72-hp Yanmar Tier 4 Stage V Compliant diesel engine, and built with a narrow footprint of 73-inches wide, the RT70 rubber-tire trencher can handle heavy-duty jobs and still easily maneuver around tight jobsites, corners, and cul-de-sacs with ease. It is also the only ride-on trencher available with crab and coordinated steering modes, which allows operators to turn the machine with a steering wheel instead of using two separate levers. This makes it easier to use and frees them up to focus on other parts of the job. 

The machine’s modular design features a single base unit with the option to move from tires to tracks. And with different attachments, plus a variety of optional add-ons, operators can reconfigure their machine throughout its lifecycle to customize it for specific jobsite needs.