Directional drilling in a compact package

Directional drilling in a compact package

Large utility installation, especially in urban environments, can be tight work. Ditch Witch recently rolled out the JT20XP package that aims to provide better productivity on those installation jobs while retaining a compact footprint.

The full package features a JT20XP directional drill and XP44 mixing system. According to Ditch Witch, the solution is the only drilling system in its class to utilize all-onboard horsepower for thrust and rotation. Together, the full 118 hp system provides operators power and productivity for medium to large utility installation jobs.

“We designed the JT20XP package to complement the unique needs of HDD contractors in the midsized utility-installation space,” says Seth Matthesen, Ditch Witch HDD category manager. “The JT20XP drill provides improved spindle torque and speed over its predecessor while delivering 56 percent more mud flow than competitive units.”

The package offers a compact design, making it easy to maneuver and transport between urban job sites. And it offers contractors an all-diesel job site for more convenient operations and simple fuel service.

Powered by a 74.5 hp Tier 4 Deutz diesel engine, the JT20XP HDD maximizes available horsepower for thrust and rotation. The drill delivers 14 percent increased spindle torque over its predecessor and offers 10 percent increased spindle speed than competitive units, allowing operators the ability to run downhole tooling at faster speeds for improved underground cutting.

With no grease zerks, the JT20XP is easy to maintain for increased uptime. And the environmentally friendly Tier 4 engine requires no diesel exhaust fuel, further simplifying maintenance. The XP44 mixing system is equipped with a dedicated 44 hp Tier 4 Yanmar diesel engine for ideal mixing capabilities and drilling fluid delivery. As a powerful stand-alone, diesel-powered mixing system, the XP44 offers mixing capabilities in a quieter package for less disruption in noise-sensitive areas. 

“The XP44’s superior mixing capabilities offer a more productive solution for larger jobs while retaining a small, compact footprint,” Matthesen says.

Following a similar look and feel to all Ditch Witch drills, the JT20XP is equipped with a newly designed operator’s station featuring ergonomic, adjustable seats to keep the operator comfortable for long hours on the job. An advanced color LCD provides engine diagnostics and informational messages, including electronic strike indicators, helping operators stay aware of what’s going on in and around the drill and job site. 800-654-6481; .


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