New Ditch Witch MT12 MicroTrencher Simplifies Fiber Installation

Oct 21, 2010

The new Ditch Witch®  is one of the fastest and most efficient methods for installing fiber-optic cable in urban environments.

The Ditch Witch® organization announces the release of the Ditch Witch MT12 MicroTrencher, [] which is designed to quickly and cleanly slice through asphalt to create trenches into which fiber-optic cable can be installed.

Throughout the world, demand is increasing for faster broadband communications, nece residential use. Many utility compassitating an increase in the installation of high-speed fiber-optic cable for commercial and residential use. Many utility companies prefer underground installation to reduce the risk of cable damage due to the elements (e.g. ice storms and high winds). With its capability to efficiently install fiber in congested urban areas, the new MT12 offers underground contractors a rapid, highly cost-effective solution.

Using specially designed and manufactured saw blades, the Ditch Witch MT12 cuts through asphalt to create the ideal trench for fiber-optic cable installation—from 0.75 inches (19 mm) to 1.25 inches (32 mm) wide, and up to 12 inches (305 mm) deep—in one quick, efficient pass. The narrow, shallow trench created by the MT12 enables contractors to install fiber above existing utilities, so there is minimal disruption of surrounding infrastructure and roadways, which saves time and money. The MT12 offers a choice of four saw blades with widths of 0.75 inches, 0.95 inches (24 mm), and 1.25 inches. Each blade can be easily changed in the field with standard hand tools, reducing downtime. Three blades feature conical bits that can be replaced in the field, a design that extends the life of the blade and reduces maintenance expense. A fourth blade features welded shark teeth. The trenching depth of the MT12 is mechanically adjustable—from six inches (152 mm) to 12 inches in one-inch (25 mm) increments. This feature helps the operator quickly set the depth to match job specifications and maintain a consistent depth for the entire length of the trench. The microtrencher can also be manually tilted six degrees to the right or left, which helps the operator maintain a true vertical trench on uneven surfaces. Often it is necessary to cut a trench right next to and parallel to curbs and gutters, which is why the MT12 saw is designed to hydraulically traverse 24 inches (610 mm) from the center of the machine to the right.

The MT12 is part of a complete Ditch Witch microtrenching system that includes a specially configured Ditch Witch RT45 [] or RT55 [] trencher and an FX60 [] vacuum excavation system configured with a cyclonic separator, an advanced filtration system designed to handle the dry, dusty spoils produced by microtrenching. The customer can choose whether to run the vacuum excavator hoses in front of or to the rear of the trencher, depending on jobsite conditions. The MT12 can also be equipped with onboard chutes that deposit spoils along the side of the trench, for easy cleanup when not using the FX60 microtrenching vacuum system. The versatile MT12 MicroTrencher may also be used for other roadway applications such as cutting expansion joints, utility repair (e.g. sawing square sections of roadway prior to excavation), and maintenance (e.g. trimming the rugged edges of new layers of asphalt to make a clean shoulder).

For more information about the new Ditch Witch MT12 MicroTrencher, call 800-654-6481 or visit

The Charles Machine Works, Inc.
P.O. Box 66
Perry, OK - USA  73077
fax: 580-572-5823

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