1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2, Page #13[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Ditching Machine Cleans Ditches Fast
TFT's patent-pending "Ditch Cruiser" is an offset rotary ditch cleaning system. A spring-loaded equalizer allows the cleaning head to be guided by the ditch walls and gives the operator a 15 in. lateral drift and 8 in. vertical free movement. This means it won't damage concrete linings.
The cleaning head consists of a 5-paddle blower, facing incoming dirt. In case of an overclogged ditch requiring several passes, its position is controlled by a hydraulic cylinder which also allows the head to smoothly pass over side gates.
A tilting hood allows material to be discharged into a 10-ft. strip to the right of the machine or broadcast 30 to 50 ft. when operated wide open. The machine works best with water in the ditch. Its working speed as a pump is measured at 33 gal. per second.
"In routine application, working speed is more than 1 mph and matches most 60 to 80 hp tractor's first gear," the manufacturer says.
Two basic models are available, designed for 12 and 24 in. bottom width. Several options, such as oil an cooler for hot climates, are available to meet a variety of working conditions.
Prices start at $11,760.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Thuillier Fabrication Technologies, 286 West 1300 North, Bountiful, Utah 84010 (ph 800 655-9630, fax 801 295-6408; webb site: lmno.com/tft).
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