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High hour Ditch Witch 410sx

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by justgeorge, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. justgeorge

    justgeorge LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 352

    You guys that own and run DW 410s - what would you consider to be a high hour machine that I should stay away from? In my search for a used machine I've found everything from a 1997 with only 80 hours on it to machines with close to 3000 hours. Would a 2001 with 850 hours bother you? How about a 2000 with 1500 hours? I won't be using the trencher, just the plow. I screwed up and let a 2004 with 215 hours get away from me for less than $14k.

    ps anyone got a low hour machine they want to sell cheap? :)
    pps if I buy one with the trencher attachment anyone interested in the attachment?
  2. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    We picked our machine up at 500 hours, put another 600 hours on it, and at 1,100 hours we had thrown two fan belts, shorted out a safety switch, and had to replace the nylon gear that couples the hydraulic pump to the engine.

    The teeth had sheared off, but this happened when I was trenching with it when I really should have brought up our larger trencher. I don't think everyday plowing would ever do this.

    That said, it seems like a lot of failures, but for such a vital machine, its not really that bad.

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