LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, introduced the new and improved RT80 ride-on trencher at the 2015 GIE+EXPO.

“The RT80 ride-on trencher is right-sized for tough utility tasks in tight conditions,” said Andrew Schuermann, product manager, trenchers, for the Ditch Witch organization. “Operators will appreciate the way it powers through heavy-duty trenching and plowing jobs, yet is compact enough to easily install conduit and cable in tight job sites.”

It is powered by a 74.5-hp turbocharged Deutz Tier 4 diesel engine. Its compact design and extensive axle capacity give the machine a best-in-class static load rating of 39,000 lbs.

For improved versatility, the RT80 has a tight turn radius and is equipped with a three-speed, shift-on-the-fly ground drive control, providing contractors more options as job site conditions and requirements change. Further advancing versatility and productivity, the machine features a standard cruise control system that senses changing load conditions and automatically adjusts for uninterrupted performance.

Contractors looking for cost-efficient, multipurpose machines will benefit from the RT80’s versatile attachment selections, including a centerline trencher, sliding trencher, vibratory plow, earth saw, combination trencher/plow, micro-trencher, backhoe and reel carrier. In addition, removable side panels provide easy access to all engine compartments and maintenance points, advancing machine uptime and reducing maintenance costs.