The Ditch Witch® organization announced the release of the Ditch Witch JT9 horizontal directional drill.

The 64-hp (48-kW) JT9's high-performance, air-cooled Deutz® diesel engine is Tier 4, so it can provide years of reliable service without the need for an expensive upgrade.

Offering 9,000 pounds of pullback force, the JT9 combines the simplicity and easy operation of smaller drills with the advanced features of bigger drilling machines—like a heavy-duty anchor system, open-top vise wrenches and an integrated remote display.

The JT9 is the most powerful but also the shortest drill in its class, designed to reach and set up in tight spaces. It is easy to maneuver in and around the jobsite, and rides on turf-friendly tracks that minimize surface disturbance.

Everything about the new JT9 is designed to ensure the most efficient utility installation possible. During operation, the drill operator is positioned near the center of the pipe rack, which simplifies pipe handling. The carriage travels the length of the drill frame faster than other drills in its class, resulting in faster cycle times and more pipe in the ground. And the JT9 holds 300 ft (90 m) of drill pipe on board so larger jobs can be finished faster.

The JT9 operator’s station is designed to reduce operator stress and help improve productivity. The operator’s station features an advanced display that provides all engine diagnostics, and an ergonomic seat that slides fore and aft so drill-pipe handling requires less operator reach.

Before and after operation, maintenance is designed to be simple and efficient, too. The JT9 has no grease zerks and all daily maintenance points are in one easily accessible location.