New Ditch Witch SK850 Is The Most Productive In Its HP Class

PERRY, Okla. — The Ditch Witch organization announces the release of the SK850, designed and engineered to be the most comfortable, most productive and most durable mini skid steer in its class.

Equipped with a 37-hp (27.6-kW), Tier 4 Yanmar® diesel engine, the SK850 is the most powerful of the company’s mini skid steers. The engine provides outstanding power for all machine functions and directs more power to the attachment than competitors’ models, so attachments are more productive. The SK850 accepts dozens of attachments for a wide range of utility, landscaping, plumbing, and other underground construction tasks.

The Ditch Witch organization firmly believes that a more comfortable operator is a more productive operator, and the SK850 embodies this philosophy. Its 74-square-inch (188-cm2) platform is larger and higher than the competition’s, giving the operator increased comfort and stability while keeping him above the worksite. The ergonomic operator’s station has been updated with new, customer-requested features, for optimized comfort and efficiency. Dual-lever ground drive controls come standard, with an optional single-lever joystick available. An auxiliary control foot pedal helps operators maintain hydraulic flow to the attachment while freeing their hands to control depth and ground speed.

The SK850’s innovative high-drive track system has bolt-on sprockets that can be interchanged—an exclusive Ditch Witch feature—to provide longer-lasting performance. The track system also has a low-maintenance track-tensioning system with a grease cylinder for easy adjustment and track removal, which helps increase track life and reduce downtime. The SK850 comes with the customer’s choice of 42-inch (107-cm) or 36-inch (91-cm) wide tracks.

With its 860-lb (390-kg) rated operating capacity and 83-inch (211-cm) hinge-pin height, the SK850 is engineered for exceptionally productive loading. Unlike its competitors, the SK850 is construction-grade, built with reinforced steel that can withstand the rigors of the jobsite. And its belt-free design helps minimize maintenance and increase uptime.

Another standard feature that improves both operational efficiency and operator safety is the auto-throttle function. When enabled, the auto-throttle automatically reduces engine RPMs when hydraulic functions are not in use. The engine returns to the operator-set engine RPM when any hydraulic function is engaged, improving overall fuel efficiency.

For more information about the Ditch Witch SK850 mini skid steer, please call 800-654-6481 or visit

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