Ride-on Trencher Specifications

Whether you're preparing to install a sprinkler system on a commercial property or cutting a trench for mainline utilities, ride-on trenchers provide the power, productivity and convenience required to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Following is a compilation of specs from three primary ride-on trencher suppliers.

Ditch Witch

The Ditch Witch line of ride-on trenchers includes three compact and seven heavy-duty models. Compact models are maneuverable riding units suited for residential utility installations and capable of trenching to depths from 60 to 80 in. Heavy-duty machines feature power ratings to 185 hp, dig depths to 99 in. and plow depths to 48 in. The HT115 track-mounted tractor allows for added traction and increased production. The HT185 features independently-driven steel tracks.

Model HP Operating Weight (lbs.) Max. Cutting Depth (in.) Cutting Width Range (in.) Chain Drive Type
HT25 24.5 4,080 48 4-16 Mechanical
RT36 35 3,940 60 4-16 Mechanical
RT40 39 4,200 60 5-12 Hydraulic
RT55 57 7,560 62 5-12 Hydraulic
RT75 71 8,670 99 6-24 Hydraulic/powershift
RT95 88 9,730 94 6-24 Hydraulic/powershift
RT115 103 9,730 94 6-24 Hydraulic
HT115 103 15,850 94 6-24 Hydraulic
RT185 175 33,500 84 9-24 Hydraulic
HT185 175 38,000 84 9-24 Hydraulic

Vermeer Mfg.

Vermeer offers 49- to 116-hp ride-on trencher models with trenching capabilities from 60 to 72 in. deep and 5 to 18 in. wide. Forward/reverse ground drive foot pedals provide hands-free operation. Backhoe remote controls allow the operator to reposition the machine without leaving the backhoe operator station. Automotive-style steering and uncluttered operator platforms enhance operator comfort, while creep overdrive provides better machine control for increased productivity.

Model HP Operating Weight (lbs.) Max. Cutting Depth (in.) Cutting Width Range (in.) Chain Drive Type
RT450 49 3,300 60 5 Hydrostatic
RT650 76 6,600 60 6 Hydrostatic
V8100 80 6,380 60 6-18 Mechanical
V8550 90 7,058 72 6-18 Hydrostatic
V120 116 7,158 72 6-18 Hydrostatic

Astec Underground

Astec's 60 Series ride-on trencher units trench from 36 to 84 in. deep and 4 to 18 in. wide. Power ratings range from 24 to 99.5 hp. A flywheel trencher drive system delivers trencher power in the toughest conditions, while a heavy-duty unitized chassis mainframe absorbs shock loads. The planetary drive system on the RT460 through RT960 models incorporates a flywheel, torsion shaft and planetary gears for smooth operation and long life.

Model HP Operating Weight (lbs.) Max. Cutting Depth (in.) Cutting Width Range (in.) Chain Drive Type
Maxi-Sneaker C 37 2,346 24 or 36 4 or 6 Hydraulic
TF300 18 2,315 26-45 4 or 6 Mechanical
RT160 24 1,550 24, 36 or 48 4 or 8 Hydraulic
RT360 32 3,906 36-60 6-12 Mechanical
RT460 37 5,660 48-60 6-12 Hydrostatic
RT560 51 7,000 48-60 6-12 Hydrostatic
RT660 60 10,304 48-72 7-16 Hydrostatic
RT960 99.5 12,700 48-84 7-18 Hydrostatic

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