New Ditch Witch ride-on trencher designed for better visibility, comfort

By Jenny LescohierSeptember 14, 2021

An open layout with a 90-degree swivel seat gives operators a full view of the machine – from front tire to back tire and the attachment

Ditch Witch has introduced the RT70 ride-on trencher with features meant to increase comfort and visibility so operators - particularly those with less experience - can be more productive. 

The ergonomically designed operator station features an open layout with a 90-degree swivel seat, more leg room and intuitive controls. This enhanced visibility gives operators a full view of the machine – from front tire to back tire and the attachment.

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.

“At Ditch Witch, we understand the challenges that contractors face daily,” said Steve Seabolt, product manager, ride-on tractors, Ditch Witch Organization. “The RT70 is compact and maneuverable, yet powerful. This new unit, with its unique features, will allow the operator to tackle tough jobs in tight conditions.”

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 is designed to handle heavy-duty jobs and still easily maneuver around tight job sites, corners and cul-de-sacs.

According to Ditch Witch, the RT70 is 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. 

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 job site needs.

Daily maintenance points are locafted in one easy-to-access location with a single-piece, easy-open hood. 

The RT70 is the latest addition to the Ditch Witch family of ride-on trenchers, which includes the RT45, RT80, RT120 and RT125. 

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