Ditch Witch Mini-x

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by turfquip, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. turfquip

    turfquip LawnSite Senior Member
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    Saw these at Expo, played around with one for a while. The styling reminded me of Yanmar. Anybody know anything about these? I know the Ditch Witch 'brand' is well respected and established...

    Then, in general terms regarding these micro and mini machines,
    How much horsepower would it take to dig out say... a 16" oak tree stump in Midwest hardpan clay...and let's say you had about 30 minutes or less to get it done?
     
  2. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    You could do it with a 30 horse mini...I've dug many stumps out. I can't speak for the DW Mini-X's, but we own three ditchwitch plow/trenchers, and they are incredibly well built.
     
  3. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    You could probably dig that out in 30 mins. depending on how far the roots went out from the stump itself.
     
  4. turfquip

    turfquip LawnSite Senior Member
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    Would the 17 horse Kubota dig it out with more time?
     
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    A 17 HP excavator is a powered shovel. They're almost useless unless space is REALLY an issue. There isn't many places we can't put a 7,500 pound 5 foot wide machine with zero tail swing.
     
  6. iowacatman

    iowacatman LawnSite Member
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    Ditch Witch mini is made by a company in Italy. Not a bad looking machine. Talked to a DW rep last month, said they were a little slow getting off the ground with distribution and sales.
     
  7. r1rage

    r1rage LawnSite Member
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    They are actually made by Komatsu especially for DW. Not italian made cause if they were, they would painted Ferrari Red!
     
  8. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    If theres a tag on the machine that says "Charles Machine Works", then its a good ol made in USA ditchwitch.
     
  9. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
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    Komatsu makes the Ditch Witch mini excavators. DW makes its own XT850 (the backhoe loader machine.)
     
  10. Bill Eh

    Bill Eh LawnSite Member
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    Basically that's what all excavators are. Powered shovels. Some are bigger and some are smaller and each is matched better for certain tasks. I have a 17 HP Kubota. I've never dug a stump of that dimension or tree species so I can't add much in terms of how long it would take but I know the 17 HP will do the job. It will dig a hole 7 feet deep and 16 feet across without any trouble. The break out force is about 1/2 or less than the 7000# machine so you can't break as big a root. I'd like to hear others experiences time wise with a 17 HP machine on a stump that size.
     

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