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Advanced Ditch Witch® Fluid Management Systems Increase HDD Productivity

Oct 31, 2018

Updated family of Ditch Witch fluid management systems offers improved drilling fluid flow and increased durability on small- to mid-sized jobs.

The Ditch Witch® organization, a Charles Machine Works Company, has updated its line of fluid management systems to increase productivity and reduce costs on horizontal directional drilling (HDD) jobsites.

These advanced models incorporate new design features to meet the highest standards for jobsite productivity, improved drilling fluid flow, increased durability, and faster mixing cycles and yield times.

The full line of fluid management systems includes the FT5, FM5X, FM13X and FM25X to meet the needs of any small- to mid-sized HDD project. The systems are equipped with tanks ranging from 200-gallon capacity to 950-gallon capacity, as well as powerful engines that supply up to 25 hp, depending on the model.

“Fluid management is a critical part of the HDD process,” said Cory Maker, Ditch Witch product manager, drill pipe and fluid systems. “Helping operators not only meet safety regulations, but increase productivity and yield, our updated line of fluid management systems set the standards for fluid management throughout the industry.”

The FM5X, FM13X and FM25X models feature an updated, internal venturi design that optimizes fluid velocity and increases overall system productivity. Additionally, a new, wet hopper design increases the venturi inlet from 1.25 to 2-inches – a 60 percent larger opening for material flow and superior fluid mixing.

The tank on these units is designed with a sloping bottom to ensure all drilling fluid flows through the pump and is thoroughly mixed. A powder-coat finish provides durability, and helps with chipping, rust, and fading resistance for a longer useful life.

The FM25X system features multiple configuration options – including curbside and street side – to accommodate a variety of setups for easier transport, and offers fuel configurations from both sides of the unit to meet any jobsite need.

The model utilizes a hydraulic circuit, providing operators the ability to run two tank systems simultaneously. By mixing one tank while a drill on-site is using mud from the other tank, the unit eliminates the need to stop a bore to mix fluid, further enhancing productivity and increasing uptime.

About the Ditch Witch® Organization

Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, invented the underground utility construction industry, and today it designs, manufactures and markets the most complete line of directional drills, drill pipe, HDD tooling, vacuum excavators, trenchers, chain, teeth and sprockets, mini skid steers and vibratory plows. Handcrafted in the USA, its products are supported by the Ditch Witch dealer network with over 175 locations worldwide.

About Charles Machine Works

Established in 1902, Charles Machine Works, an employee-owned company, founded in Perry, Oklahoma, is the only manufacturer and global distributor that solely exists to make underground utility construction profitable. Our family of companies includes Ditch Witch®, Subsite® Electronics, DW/TXS®, HammerHead®, Radius® HDD, American Augers®, Trencor® and MTI® Equipment. For more information, visit charlesmachine.works

 

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