New Ditch Witch Footings Machine Faster, More Efficient Than Excavator

PERRY, Okla. — The Ditch Witch organization introduces the SK850 footings machine, which is designed to create trenches up to 16 inches (41 cm) wide and up to 36 inches (91 cm) deep for slab construction on residential and commercial jobsites.

With its specialized, heavy-duty chain and Tier 4, 37-hp (27.6-kW) diesel engine, the SK850 footings machine creates cleaner, more consistent trenches than an excavator can, and in less time. The machine is more compact than an excavator, so it can be more productive in tight jobsites. Plus, it can trench from either a centerline or offset position, so the operator can dig right up to the backer board. With 43 inches (109 cm) of track on ground, the SK850 footings machine also has the stability to effectively cross-trench.

The footings trencher attachment mounts directly to the frame of the new SK850, the Ditch Witch organization’s most powerful mini skid steer, which offers a number of advanced, customer-requested features, including:

  • A spacious, 74-sq-inch (188-cm2) platform that is larger and provides more ground clearance than other mini skid steers in its class.
  • An ergonomic operator’s station optimized for comfort and efficiency, featuring dual-lever ground drive controls and an advanced monochrome, in-dash LCD display for engine diagnostics.
  • Standard auto-throttle—incorporated into the new LCD display—that reduces engine throttle when there is no load on the engine.
  • An auxiliary control foot pedal to help maintain hydraulic flow to the trencher, freeing the operator’s hands to control depth and ground speed.

For more information about the efficient and productive SK850 footings machine, please call 1-800-654-6481 or visit

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