Construction equipment: Digging system for walk-behind trenchers

Line construction: New Ditch Witch OptiCut digging system for walk-behind trenchers optimizes productivity in all soil conditions. Maintenance-free tooth design reduces replacement costs and downtime, while improving profits and performance.

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Construction equipment: Ditch Witch®, a Charles Machine Works Company, introduced its new, exclusive OptiCut™ digging systemto enhance walk-behind trencher productivity in all soil conditions. The digging system complements contractor and rental company equipment with maintenance-free teeth and 19,000 lbs of tensile strength.

The exclusive, all-in-one chain design features integrated tooth technology to ease operator maintenance. The design matches the life of the chain by eliminating one-by-one tooth replacement and associated replacement costs for reduced maintenance downtime.

“Our customers continuously drive us to break new ground. Opticut was designed with a clear focus on their needs, uptime, productivity and profitability,” said Steve Seabolt, product manager, service parts, the Ditch Witch organization. “We challenged our engineering teams to maintain product integrity while significantly reducing cost, and the OptiCut exceeded expectations with an innovative, productive and durable design that saves customers time and money.”

Ideal for depths up to 36 inches deep and 3.5 inches wide, the OptiCut digging system uses a low-profile tooth design for a smoother cut with less wear on the chain. Another feature that distinguishes the OptiCut from any other chain on the market is the oversized roller design, which greatly reduces friction and boosts the horsepower available for digging. Available tooth configurations include a 4-pitch DuraTooth®, a 2-pitch Shark® and a 2-pitch DuraTooth/Shark combination to meet the needs of any soil condition.

Patent-pending sprockets extend the life of the chain by utilizing a mud-relief design for improved cleanout and more even roller wear.

To handle different operating conditions, the digging system is made for strength and ductility. Designed with the highest quality alloy steel and precision tooling, the chain’s overall performance is improved and equipped to handle higher loads over a wider temperature range.

The OptiCut digging system is compatible with the new Ditch Witch C12, C14, C16, C16X, C24X and C30X walk-behind trenchers, but can be adapted to other makes and models through the use of a special conversion sprocket.

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

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