Ditch Witch says new MT16 microtrencher cuts cost-per-foot on fiber jobsites

March 16, 2017
Unique saw blades combined with effective trenching system saves operators time and money on the job, contends the company.

To increase productivity and improve ROI on fiber jobsites, the Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works Company, has introduced its MT16 microtrencher, which the company says "creates an ideal trench in a single, quick and efficient pass when working with the Ditch Witch RT55 or RT80 ride-on trenchers, and the FX65 vacuum excavator."

According to the company, "designed to cut narrow trenches 0.5 to 2.0 inches wide and up to 16 inches deep, the MT16 decreases the disruption to surrounding infrastructure during fiber deployments. An integrated hydraulic accumulator maintains constant pressure on the saw frame for sharper-edged cuts and improved spoils removal. In addition, an infinitely variable hydraulic plunge feature eliminates manual adjustment of the microtrencher by providing variable depth control from zero to 16 inches. For a tighter-cut radius, the unit’s frame swings up to six degrees in each direction, enabling operators to efficiently cut on a street corner or around a cul-de-sac. "

“Constrained time and unplanned expenses are the leading jobsite hurdles we hear from utility contractors,” comments Steve Seabolt, Ditch Witch product manager, heavy duty trenchers. “Our new MT16 microtrencher is designed to help operators complete fiber jobs efficiently with less time and expense. Compared to traditional installation methods, the MT16 creates consistent trenches for faster fiber deployments, reducing the cost-per-foot on fiber jobsites.”

The MT16 is compatible with a complete lineup of Ditch Witch saw blades, from standard carbide-tipped blades to the Ditch Witch-exclusive Fiberblade, which combines the benefits of both diamond and carbide. The Fiberblade family of blades features a durable, maintenance-free design lasting up to 10 times longer than standard blades. All saw blades for the MT16 are easily changeable on a jobsite with standard hand tools.

Joining the proven FX65, MT9, MT12, Fiberblade and 1CM concrete mixer products, the MT16 adds to a growing family of microtrenching solutions from Ditch Witch. The MT16 is backed by a network of over 175 experienced dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit https://www.ditchwitch.com/trenchers/micro/mt16.

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