Vermeer's PTX40 service plow with an optional forward-mounted trencher and boring attachment was designed primarily for irrigation and utility installations. These types of jobs often require a machine that is narrow, maneuverable and fits in tight spaces.

The PTX40 also has a remote control that gives an operator flexibility in congested areas and the ability to see the machine and the work area from a variety of viewpoints. When trenching, a tether connects the machine to the remote control.

The walk-beside design of the PTX40 helps contractors work in areas other machines would struggle to access. It has a minimum width of 40.2 inches (102.1 cm) and is 84.8 inches (215.4 cm) long. The center-articulated PTX40 oscillates at the point of articulation, designed to offer maneuverability and performance on uneven terrain and in narrow spaces.

The PTX40 is powered by a 46.8-horsepower (34.9 kW) Kubota WG1605 gasoline engine. Planetary axles are designed to reduce the stress and torque going to the driveline, meant to help lower overall operating costs compared with conventional axles.

The plow has a maximum depth of 24 inches (61 cm), and the trencher cuts a maximum of 42 inches (106.7 cm) deep and 4 to 6 inches (10.2 - 15.2 cm) wide. Plowing and trenching performance is optimized with an electronic control that allows for convenient setting of the creep speed.

The optional bore attachment has a maximum torque of 620 foot-pounds.

Machine service and maintenance can be performed more efficiently with convenient access to fuel, hydraulic, engine oil and air filters that do not require the removal of any shielding.