Five Stand-on Skid Steers to Meet Any Jobsite Need
Ditch Witch was founded in 1949 with the first mechanized, compact, service-line trencher. A longtime innovator in the underground construction industry, the organization leveraged this expertise when entering the stand-on skid steer market. The versatile, construction-grade machines and accompanying attachments provide landscapers, tree care professionals, contractors and renters the power and functionality needed for a variety of projects.
Ditch Witch designs two classes of stand-on skid steers — mini stand-on skid steers and also the industry’s only full-size stand-on skid steer. With this wide range of stand-on skid steer power, Ditch Witch offers a machine for almost any job, from compact residential projects to landscaping tasks to even large jobs normally reserved for traditional cabbed skid steers. Each machine delivers maximum efficiency to the attachment, enhancing project speed and versatility.
The durable design of stand-on skid steers provides smooth rides while offering superior maneuverability on rough terrain, says Ditch Witch. These machines also eliminate a daily maintenance point, easing maintenance and reducing the total cost of ownership. The mini stand-on skid steer sect begins with the SK600. The most compact stand-on skid steer in the Ditch Witch lineup, the SK600 unit has a narrow frame for easy maneuvering in tight, residential spaces. Powered by a 24.8-hp Kubota diesel engine, this compact, mighty machine delivers enhanced productivity and versatility on jobs. Operators can rely on its ability to handle tasks that require heavy-duty power with a 600-lb rated operating capacity and a 76-in. hinge pin height.
The SK800 stand-on skid steer is equipped with a 24.8-hp Kubota diesel engine, providing power for all machine functions. With its 911-lb rated operator capacity and 83-in. hinge-pin height, the unit is engineered for productive loading. The SK1050 has a 37-hp Tier 4 Yanmar diesel engine that provides efficiency and directs 30 hp to the attachment. Combined with 15 gpm of auxiliary flow and 3,625 psi, it leads to quicker jobsite cycle times, making crews more efficient and decreasing overall labor costs. The unit also has 1,062-lb rated operating capacity and 83-in. hinge pin height.
The SK1550 is the largest mini stand-on skid steer offered by Ditch Witch. It has an operating capacity of 1,558 lbs, but that can be increased to 2,000 lbs if the machine is equipped with a weight kit. The SK1550 has a 94.5-in. hinge pin height and is powered by a 43.5-hp Tier 4 Yanmar diesel engine, which can direct 34.5 hp to the attachment.
As the industry’s only full-size stand-on skid steer, the SK3000 is not only the most powerful stand-on skid steer in the Ditch Witch lineup but also the most powerful stand-on skid steer on the market. The SK3000 has an operating capacity of 3,100 lbs, a hinge pin height of 118 in. and can direct up to 51 hp to the attachment. With these specifications, the SK3000 is built to take on jobs normally reserved for cabbed skid steers, but with the 360-degree visibility and the hop-on, hop-off convenience of a stand-on machine.
Advice to Buyers
“Today’s jobsites require a crew to be as efficient as possible and that means operators are looking for more operating capacity, power and versatility from their stand-on skid steers,” says Brant Kukuk, Ditch Witch compact equipment product marketing manager. “Another benefit of a stand-on skid steer is the variety of attachments that help boost machine versatility and improve the ROI of a machine. When working with attachments, the standard rule of thumb is that a contractor should have three industry-specific attachments in their arsenal to succeed in a particular industry.”Tags: Ditch Witch, July August 2021 print issue, Spec Guide, Spec Guide 2021