Ditch Witch began making trenchers in 1949 and the company is still known for its compact utility trenchers. Trenchers are just part of the vast amount of products Ditch Witch sells worldwide. The R100 was made as a ride along tractor-style trencher designed as both a trencher and plow. This R100 was made, according to Ditch Witch, from 1975 to 1999 and was replaced by the RT115.
The R100 came with three engine options: a Ford 401 diesel engine with six cylinders, liquid cooled with 113 horsepower; A Perkins 6-354 diesel engine with six cylinders, liquid cooled, with 101 horsepower; and a Detroit 4-53, four-cylinder, liquid cooled diesel engine with 108 horsepower. Unlike the R100, the RT 115, the current replacement for the R100 offers only one engine choice, a John Deere 4045HF285.
The R100 has a squat body with the trenching arm in the rear and an adjustable dozer blade in front. The engine lies in front of the small cab. The cab was not fully enclosed and had four supports with a roof on top to protect the operator from the sun. There was no windshield and the rest of the cab was also open. The R100 had a length of 132 inches, was 96 inches wide and had a height of 102 inches. The tractor had a wheelbase of 72 inches. The total weight of the R100 is 12,500 lb.
The Ditch Witch R100 ride along trencher had four-wheel drive with a tilting frame for vertical trenching on slopes. This tractor-style vehicle's dozer blade in the front is rated for construction and agricultural use. The trenching tool is dragged from the rear and is used in piping projects or for agricultural use as a plow. The R100 has plow modules that can be attached for farm use.
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