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JT20, JT24, and JT28 Directional Drills

Bringing lightning speed to your jobsite with the Ditch Witch JT20, JT24, and JT28 Directional Drills.
Whether you need the 24,000 lbs of thrust and pure power of the JT24 or the simple, compact design and superior maneuverability of the JT20, Ditch Witch has the right fit for your fiber job – from backbone to long haul installation.

JT20

JT20 Features and Benefits:

Rack-and-pinion design offers 20,000 lbs (89 kN) of pullback force for outstanding performance on a wide range of underground installations. Turbocharged with a 74.5-hp (55.6-kW) Tier-4 compliant Deutz® diesel engine, the JT20 requires no aftertreatment. The engine’s diesel oxidation catalyst replaces the muffler and decreases emissions.

The JT20 features an enhanced cooling system for improved air flow and increases usable horsepower for maximized downhole efficiency. Compact size offers greater productivity and maneuverability on residential and urban jobsites. Dual rear independent stabilizers enhance stability on uneven or rough terrain. 

Operator’s station features an ergonomic, adjustable seat to reduce operator strain and keep the operator comfortable for long hours on the job. The machine’s open-top vise wrenches are angled toward the operator for an excellent view of the tool joint, and they require no daily maintenance.

The JT20 directional drill and its drill pipe and downhole tooling are part of a complete horizontal directional drilling (HDD) system designed and manufactured by the Ditch Witch organization to work together with unbeatable efficiency.

As with all Ditch Witch equipment, the JT20 is backed by a worldwide network of dealerships you can count on for unmatched commitment to your success. From genuine Ditch Witch parts to factory-trained service and expert advice, your Ditch Witch dealership is your trusted partner.

JT20 Specs:
OPERATION US METRIC
Spindle speed, max 210 rpm
Spindle torque, max 2,200 ft/lb 2980 N/m
Carriage thrust travel speed 140 fpm 43 m/min
Carriage thrust pullback travel speed 140 fpm 43 m/min
Thrust force 17,000 lb 75.6 kN
Pullback force 20,000 lb 89 kN
Bore diameter 4 in 102 mm
Ground travel speed
Forward/reverse 3.2 mph 5.2 km/h
POWER US METRIC
Engine Deutz ® TD2.9L4
Fuel Diesel
Cooling medium Liquid
Injection Direct
Aspiration Turbocharged
Number of cylinders 4
Displacement 177 in3 2.9 L
Bore 3.62 in 92 mm
Stroke 4.33 in 110 mm
Manufacturer’s gross power rating 74 hp 55 kW
Rated speed 2,600 rpm
Emissions compliance EPA Tier 4 EU Stage IIIB
POWER US METRIC
Engine Deutz ® TD2.9L4
Fuel Diesel
Cooling medium Liquid
Injection Direct
Aspiration Turbocharged
Number of cylinders 4
Displacement 177 in3 2.9 L
Bore 3.62 in 92 mm
Stroke 4.33 in 110 mm
Manufacturer’s gross power rating 74 hp 55 kW
Rated speed 2,600 rpm
Emissions compliance EPA Tier 4i EU Stage IIIA
DIMENSIONS US METRIC
Length 207 in 5.26 m
Width 51.5 in 1.31 m
Height 90 in 2.29 m
Weight w/pipe 11,890 lb 5390 kb
Entry angle 10-14°
Angle of approach 18°
Angle of departure 18°
FLUID SYSTEM US METRIC
Pressure, max 1,000 psi 69 bar
Flow, max 35 gpm 132 l/min
FLUID CAPACITIES US METRIC
Hydraulic reservoir 19 gal 72 L
Fuel tank 30 gal 114 L
Engine oil w/filter 8.5 qt 8 L
Engine cooling system 4.6 gal 17 L
POWER PIPE ® HD US METRIC
Length of drill pipe, nominal 120 in 3.05 mm
Diameter of drill pipe, tool joint end 2.63 in 66.8 mm
Diameter of drill pipe 2.06 in 52.3 mm
Bend radius, min 107 ft 32 m
Weight of drill pipe, lined 67 lb 30.4 kg
POWER PIPE FORGED HD US METRIC
Length 120 in 3.05 m
Diameter of drill pipe, tool joint end 2.5 in 63.5 mm
Diameter of drill pipe 2.10 in 53.3 mm
Bend radius, min 109 ft 33.2 m
POWER PIPE FORGED HDX US METRIC
Length 120 in 3.05 m
Diameter of tool joint 2.63 in 66.8  mm
Diameter of drill pipe 2.38 in 60.5 mm
Bend radius, min 123 ft 37.5 m
BATTERY US METRIC
SAE reserve capacity rating 195 min
SAE cold crank rating @ 0°F (-18°C) 950 amps

JT24

JT24 Features and Benefits:

Equipped with a 101-gross-hp, Tier 4 Cummins® diesel engine, the JT24 provides unbeatable power. The JT24 utilizes dual thrust motors to provide 24,000 lbs of thrust and pullback, while still maintaining a small footprint. 

The machine is equipped with a maximum carriage speed of 216 fpm, which is five percent faster than competitive units. This feature decreases cycle times and increases uptime and jobsite productivity, so you can get more done. 

The JT24 offers an advanced wireless control, allowing you to set up the drill away from the operator’s station and includes options for single or dual-stick ground drive, allowing for more precise positioning of the drill.

Designed with a wider frame, the JT24 offers best-in-class stability, without compromising footprint. A real-time carriage-position indicator provides operators insight into the exact carriage position for increased productivity and intuitive operation. Features a simple, field-proven pipe-loading system with a lower center of gravity than competitive units.

As with all Ditch Witch equipment, the JT24 is backed by a worldwide network of dealerships you can count on for unmatched commitment to your success. From genuine Ditch Witch parts to factory-trained service and expert advice, your Ditch Witch dealership is your trusted partner.

JT24 Specs:
OPERATION US METRIC
Spindle speed, max 225 rpm
Spindle torque, max 3,000 ft/lb 4,076 N/m
Carriage thrust travel speed 210 fpm 64 m/min
Carriage thrust pullback travel speed 216 fpm 66 m/min
Thrust force 24,000 lb 107 kN
Pullback force 24,000 lb 107 kN
Ground travel speed
Forward 2.8 mph 4.5 km/h
Reverse 2.8 mph 4.5 km/h
POWER US METRIC
Engine Cummins ® F3.8
Fuel Diesel
Cooling medium Liquid
Injection Direct
Aspiration Turbocharged & charge air cooled
Number of cylinders 4
Displacement 231.89 in3 3.8 L
Bore 4.02 in 102 mm
Stroke 4.53 in 115 mm
Gross horsepower Tier 3/ Tier 4 101 hp
Rated speed 2,200 rpm
Emissions compliance Tier 3 EPA Tier 3 EU Stage IIIA
Emissions compliance Tier 4 EPA Tier 4 EU Stage V
DIMENSIONS US METRIC
Transport Length 224.5 in 5.7 m
Width 65.25 in 1.66 m
Transport Height 83 in 2.11 m
Weight 14,850 lb 6736 kb
Ground clearance 5.8 in 147 mm
Entry angle 18° 18°
Entry angle, tracks on ground 12° 12°
FLUID SYSTEM US METRIC
Pressure, max 1,200 psi 83 bar
Flow, max 40 gpm 189 l/min
FLUID CAPACITIES US METRIC
Fuel tank 32 gal 121 L
Engine lubrication oil w/filter 15.4 qt 14.6 L
Hydraulic reservoir 18.75 gal 71 L
Engine cooling system 20 qt 18.9 L
Antifreeze tank 5 gal 18.9 L
Diesel exhaust fluid tank 5 gal 18.9 L
POWER PIPE ® HD US METRIC
Length 120 in 3.05 mm
Joint diameter 2.625 in 66.7 mm
Pipe diameter 2.25 in 57.15 mm
Bend radius, min 117 ft 35.66 m
Weight of drill pipe, lined 72.5 lb 32.89 kg
Weight of lined drill pipe & large box (40 pipe) 3,555 lb 1612.5 kg
Weight of lined drill pipe & small box (28 pipe) 2,675 lb 1213 kg
POWER PIPE FORGED US METRIC
Length 120 in 3.05 m
Joint diameter 2.63 in 66.7 mm
Diameter of drill pipe 2.375 in 63.5 mm
Bend radius, min 123 ft 35 m
Weight per drill pipe 74 lb 33.5 kg
Weight w/drill pipe & large box (40 pipe) 3,635 lb 1649 kg
Weight w/drill pipe & small box (28 pipe) 2,720 lb 1234 kg
BATTERY US METRIC
SAE reserve capacity rating 110 min
SAE cold crank rating @ 0°F (-18°C) 800 amps
NOISE US METRIC
Operator sound 83 dBA
Exterior sound power 101 dBA

JT28

JT28 Features and Benefits:

A 130-hp (97-kW) Tier 4 Cummins® diesel engine is the most power in its class. 28,000 lb (124.6 kN) of thrust and pullback provides the power to efficiently get the job done and move on to the next. An exclusive rotational drive with 4,200 ft·lb (5694 N·m) of torque and a unique, single-motor system results in smoother operation.

Narrower operational width provides greater maneuverability and productivity in tight spaces. Intuitive, easy-to-use carve mode simplifies operation and improves productivity, making it exceptionally easy to install pipe and cables of up to 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter at lengths of up to 500 feet (152 m).

Simple, field-proven pipeloading system with a lower center of gravity helps increase stability. Dual-pivot drill frame allows for steeper entry angles without raising tracks off the ground. No grease zerks and all daily maintenance points are in an easy-to-access location minimizing upkeep and maximizing uptime.

A comfortable operator’s station built from direct customer feedback offers you the choice of single-handled control or dual joysticks for more thrust and rotational control, minimizing training time. Open-top vise wrenches are angled toward the operator, helping provide an excellent view of the tool joint when making up and breaking out pipe. LCD display provides engine diagnostics and informational messages directly to you.

Your Ditch Witch equipment is backed by a worldwide network of dealers you can count on for unmatched commitment to your success. From genuine Ditch Witch parts to factory-trained service to expert advice, your Ditch Witch dealer has it all for you.

JT28 Specs:
OPERATION US METRIC
Spindle speed, max 220 rpm 220 rpm
Spindle torque, max 4,200 ft/lb 5,690 N/m
Carriage thrust travel speed 182 fpm 55 m/min
Carriage pullback travel speed 190 fpm 58 m/min
Thrust force 28,000 lb 124 kN
Pullback force 28,000 lb 124 kN
Ground travel speed
Forward 2.8 mph 4.6 km/h
Reverse 2.8 mph 4.6 km/h
POWER US METRIC
Engine Cummins® QSB4.5
Fuel Diesel
Cooling medium Liquid
Injection Direct
Aspiration Turbocharged & charge air cooled
Number of cylinders 4
Displacement 275 in3 4.5 L
Bore 4.21 in 107 mm
Stroke 4.88 in 124 mm
Manufacturer’s gross power rating 130 hp 97kW
Rated speed Tier 3/ Tier 4 2,500 rpm 2,500 rpm
Emissions compliance Tier 3 EPA Tier 3 EU Stage IIIA
Emissions compliance Tier 4 EPA Tier 4 EU Stage IV
DIMENSIONS US METRIC
Transport Length 232.5 in 5.90 m
Width w/cab 87 in 2.2 m
Transport Height w/cab 99.5 in 2.53 m
Weight w/cab 21,360 lb 9689 kb
Ground clearance 5.7 in 145 mm
Entry angle, max 9-20° 9-20°
Entry angle, tracks on ground 9-17° 9-17°
FLUID SYSTEM US METRIC
Pressure, max 1,200 psi 83 bar
Flow, max 50 gpm 189 l/min
FLUID CAPACITIES US METRIC
Fuel tank, Tier 4 48 gal 182 L
Fuel tank, Tier 3 56 gal 212 L
Hydraulic reservoir 27 gal 102 L
POWER PIPE ® HD US METRIC
Length 118 in 3 mm
Joint diameter 2.75 in 70 mm
Pipe diameter 2.38 in 60 mm
Bend radius, min 123 ft 37.5 m
Weight of drill pipe, lined 88 lb 40 kg
Weight of lined drill pipe & large box (55 pipe) 5,647 lb 2562 kg
Weight of lined drill pipe & small box (25 pipe) 2,770 lb 1257 kg
POWER PIPE FORGED US METRIC
Length 118 in 3 m
Joint diameter 2.75 in 70 mm
Pipe diameter 2.38 in 60 mm
Bend radius, min 123 ft 37.5 m
Weight of drill pipe, lined 76 lb 34.5 kg
Weight of lined drill pipe & large box (55 pipe) 4,987 lb 2262 kg
Weight of lined drill pipe & small box (25 pipe) 2,470 lb 1120 kg
POWER PIPE FORGED US METRIC
Length 120 in 3.05 m
Joint diameter 2.63 in 67 mm
Pipe diameter 2.38 in 60 mm
Bend radius, min 123 ft 37.5 m
Weight of drill pipe, lined 74 lb 33.6 kg
Weight of drill pipe & large box (55 pipe) 4,877 lb 2212 kg
Weight of drill pipe & small box (25 pipe) 2,420 lb 1098 kg
BATTERY US METRIC
SAE reserve capacity rating 195 min
SAE cold crank rating @ 0°F (-18°C) 950 amps
NOISE US METRIC
Operator sound 86 dBA
Operator sound w/cab 80 dBA
Exterior sound power 104 dBA

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