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New, innovative directional drill package released by Ditch Witch

The new JT20XP drill package utilizes all onboard horsepower for thrust and rotation.

Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, released a new JT20XP horizontal directional drill (HDD) package featuring a JT20XP drill and XP44 mixing system. The industry-first solution is the only drilling system in its class to utilize all on-board horsepower for thrust and rotation. Together, the full 118-hp solution provides operators industry-leading power and superior productivity for larger utility-installation jobs. 

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DitchWitch partners with MetaFLO on distribution of solidification reagents

Spoils disposal will be easier thanks to a partnership between Ditch Witch and MetaFLO Technologies.

Dumping liquid spoils from directional drilling is highly regulated, costly and time consuming. To combat these challenges, Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, has partnered with MetaFLO Technologies to be the exclusive provider of SolidState 2 and SolidState 6 solidification reagents. This partnership will provide a more accessible and efficient process for the solidification of drilling spoils to an extended network of users and contractors. 

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Heavy-duty trencher from Ditch Witch offers purpose-built design

The HT275 trencher from Ditch Witch boosts jobsite performance.

Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, introduced its largest trencher to date, the HT275, to boost productivity and versatility on a broad range of trenching jobs. The unit was designed to increase year-over-year return on investment (ROI) on water, sewer, gas, power and underdrain installations, pipeline distribution and other heavy-duty trenching tasks.

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Robbins Double Shield tunnel boring machine is conquering the Himalayas

A 5.06-m (16.6-foot) Robbins Double Shield TBM has bored over 1,000 m (3,280 feet) in one month at Nepal’s Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project (BBDMP).

Nepal's first tunnel boring machine, a 5.06 m (16.6 ft) diameter Robbins Double Shield, is living up to the nation's high expectations. The TBM, supplied in summer 2017 for the Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project (BBDMP), recently bored over 1,000 m (3,280 feet) in one month and has been averaging an impressive 800 m (2,630 feet) per month. The project is owned by the Government of Nepal's Department of Irrigation (DOI) and operated by contractor China Overseas Engineering Group Co. Ltd. Nepal Branch (COVEC Nepal).

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Certified training program from Ditch Witch aids novice and expert vacuum excavation operators

A new certified training program from Ditch Witch can help new vacuum excavator operators understand their machines and their roles much easier.

As vacuum excavators expand use beyond horizontal directional drilling (HDD) jobsites to other industrial applications such as microtrenching, operators require new technology, tools and information to be productive and safe on the job. Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, recently introduced the Ditch Witch Certified Vacuum Excavation Training program to help both novice and experienced operators maintain performance and safety when using vacuum excavators on today's diverse jobsites.

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Vermeer slurry solidification system makes drilling fluid management easier

Vermeer's MUD Hub slurry solidification system at work.

The new Vermeer MUD Hub slurry solidification system helps control the costs, time and complexity of drilling fluid management. Using the new Vermeer ST2000 slat tank and the Surface to Surface (STS) FL-243 solidification mixer, the Vermeer MUD Hub helps create stackable material for convenient transfer and disposal. 

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Tiltrotators supercharge excavator productivity

There is no one main application for a tiltrotator. It can be used for just about anything an excavator can do, from any type of bucket work to grapple work or any other attachment job that can benefit from being able to rotate or tilt.

When a contractor is looking to get the most out of their excavator they utilize a variety of attachments that can get more jobs done. What is often overlooked is how those attachments are coupled to the machine – and how a tiltrotator can not only allow that equipment to do more, but to do it faster, safer and with less labour.

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Rapid deployment boom improves productivity for Vactor sewer cleaners

The patent-pending RDB 1015 boom telescopes 10 feet out and extends the debris hose an additional 15 feet down for faster cleaning of catch basins, manholes and lift stations.

For most wastewater and sanitary system cleaning jobs, it takes several minutes for sewer cleaner operators to lift additional debris tubes off the racks, maneuver the truck's boom and clamp the tubes into place - a process that can lead to operator fatigue. To improve this time-consuming process, Vactor Manufacturing introduced the Vactor RDB 1015 rapid deployment boom as an option for the company's 2100 Series combination sewer cleaners, which include the Vactor 2100i and 2100 Plus trucks.

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Ground penetrating radar systems need tough tablets to endure harsh conditions

As a manufacturer of ground penetrating radar technology, GSSI is an organization that understands the rigour of field work, and their customers operate in environments that are as tough as it gets. GSSI's technology aids field work across industries, from construction sites to public utility work and even search and rescue missions following a natural disaster. Despite their reputation for industry leading software, they can't do it alone. GSSI relied on a custom controller that was hardened for field work. While it met the unique hardware requirements for their ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology, the controller couldn't keep up with the design cycle and the hardware too frequently became outdated. In a market that requires staying ahead of technological advancements, GSSI sought a new hardware partner to accompany their best-in-class software.

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New, low-profile Ditch Witch HX vacuum excavators enhance performance on compact and large-scale jobs

Ditch Witch HX30

Ditch Witch has released a new, advanced lineup of vacuum excavators to boost operator productivity and versatility on municipality and underground construction jobs. The new HX-Series models feature innovative and patent-pending designs that meet the diverse and evolving customer needs on a range of applications - from compact, urban projects to large-scale excavation, potholing, slot trenching and microtrenching applications.

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Revised weight regulations in Ontario behind the design of new vacuum excavator truck

Regulations focused on various types of trucks and equipment in the province of Ontario have had a small loophole in them for quite some time – a fact discovered recently by the Provincial Government during a licensing review that was undertaken to raise fees on heavy commercial vehicles. For owners of vacuum excavators, the loss of that loophole may mean a loss of payload, which would mean a loss of efficiency. One long-standing Ontario dealer, Joe Johnson Equipment (JJE), took the concerns expressed by its customers straight to the manufacturer, Vactor Manufacturing, which has responded by developing a truck that can meet regulations both in Ontario and throughout other regions where operators face weight-limit challenges.

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Cusco introduces new sewer jetter

Truck-mounted vacuum manufacturer Cusco has introduced a new Sewer Jetter. Designed with versatility and durability in mind, the new Cusco Sewer Jetter is a reliable and rugged vacuum truck that will allow municipalities and contractors to handle sewer and water line maintenance with ease and efficiency.

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