We Dish All the Details on Ditch Witch’s Stand-On Skid Steer Line

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A Versatile Lineup with Five Units to Complement Any Job

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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 landscape, hardscape, tree care pros, contractors and renters the power and functionality needed for a variety of projects.

Ditch Witch manufactures five stand-on skid steer models. 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. Each machine delivers maximum efficiency to the attachment, enhancing project speed and jobsite versatility.

The newly enhanced line of Ditch Witch stand-on skid steers offers construction-grade durability and versatility to conquer a variety of complex landscape, construction and irrigation jobs. The SK800, SK900, SK1050 and newly introduced SK1750 units make up Ditch Witch’s mini stand-on skid steer sect. They are equipped with powerful engines ranging from 24.8 to 44 hp and offer up to 34.5 hp directed to the attachment, depending on the model. The SK1750 comes with an optional weight kit (domestic only), which, when installed, increases operating capacity to 2,000 lbs.

Introduced in September 2023, the SK1750 is designed with the new TriTrax track system for increased reliability. The patent-pending track tension window allows operators to visually check track tension without threading a separate gauge tool, which saves time and helps operators feel confident in their routine maintenance checks. Additionally, the track design causes less disturbance to the ground, meaning contractors can work more efficiently and spend less time repairing damaged turf on residential jobsites. Improved roller design also means rollers last significantly longer, only further increasing machine reliability and jobsite productivity.

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Ditch Witch also manufactures the industry’s largest stand-on skid steer, the SK3000, which has a 59-hp engine and can direct up to 51 hp to the attachment. The SK3000 brings greater convenience, maneuverability and 360-degree visibility to any jobsite. Built with power, lift capacity and stability, the SK3000 delivers 5,500 lbs of breakout force to help contractors stay efficient. The SK3000 is available with an optional ride-control system which creates a smooth, comfortable ride with great maneuverability and stability — even on hilly, uneven terrain.

The hop-on, hop-off ability of Ditch Witch stand-on skid steers is a unique machine factor that is pertinent to jobsite success. Operators of a cabbed machine often stay in their machine all day, while operators of a stand-on skid steer can easily dismount and remount their machine, helping them work more confidently as they move from one project to the next. This is especially crucial for projects with a limited crew, as it streamlines the process for operators to quickly help with tasks such as digging and loading materials, enhancing overall team efficiency.

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“When purchasing a new stand-on skid steer, contractors should consider machine maintenance and use cases,” says Brant Kukuk, Ditch Witch product manager. “Contractors will want to bring machines into their fleet that require easy and minimal maintenance. Additionally, contractors should consider the use cases and jobsite requirements for their new machines. For example, smaller stand-on skid steers are great for residential projects, as they are compact enough to maneuver through gates and minimize yard damage, while larger stand-on skid steers afford contractors with the horsepower and weight to lift and move heavier loads. Depending on the attachments you’ll be using, the skid steer will also need to be a certain weight to counter the load.”

This article was compiled with the help of Ditch Witch.

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