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Ditch Witch PowerHouse™ HD Dirt Housings Released

PERRY, Okla. — The Ditch Witch organization has combined the best proven features of its current dirt housings with new, performance-enhancing benefits to create the innovative PowerHouse HD dirt housing line, the most advanced, durable and productive housings on the market today.

Heavy-duty PowerHouse HD dirt housings are exceptionally strong and offer extended battery life, patented electronic protection, a lid system that allows horizontal directional drilling contractors to adapt to downhole conditions, and other innovative features that combine to maximize productivity with every bore. Every PowerHouse HD dirt housing is designed to deliver increased uptime and more profit per foot.

Providing superior protection for electronics was a primary goal in developing the PowerHouse HD dirt housing line. The housing’s electronic cavity for beacons and sondes is rotated to the 3 or 9 o’clock position. This unique, side-load design creates a more durable housing—up to 25 percent stronger than top- or bottom-load housings. If the beacon or sonde gets overheated or plugged downhole, the PowerHouse HD housing’s exclusive, patented Beacon Buddy device melts to regain fluid flow, minimizing damage to the electronics.

The PowerHouse HD housing is equipped with a check valve system that minimizes fluid loss and the time it takes to reach full pressure. The check valve also helps prevent plugging of the nozzles by eliminating backflow into the system. PowerHouse HD dirt housings feature recessed nozzles that are positioned to help the bits cut into the soil conditions with ease.

A patented lid system offers the drill operator options to retain the lid in order to suit different drilling conditions: a two-bolt lid for easier conditions and a pinned lid for medium to hard soil conditions.

PowerHouse HD dirt housings offer superior isolation for DCI® electronics, like all Ditch Witch electronics today. Isolators prevent battery arcing and dampen shock loads on electronics, saving wear and tear. The PowerHouse HD housing’s open cavity, slot placement and slot sizes are design features that help extend battery life, which minimizes downtime and greatly improves productivity. Lab and field tests showed an increase of up to 22 percent more battery life than the competition.

PowerHouse HD dirt housings are available in both Ditch Witch and Vermeer® bolt patterns to accommodate all dirt bits.

For more information about the PowerHouse HD dirt housings, please call 800-654-6481 or visit

+ About the Ditch Witch® Organization

Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, invented the underground utility construction industry, and today it designs, manufactures and markets the most complete line of directional drills, drill pipe, HDD tooling, vacuum excavators, trenchers, chain, teeth and sprockets, mini-skid steers and vibratory plows. Handcrafted in the USA, its products are supported by the Ditch Witch dealer network with over 175 locations worldwide.

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+ About Charles Machine Works

Established in 1902, Charles Machine Works, an employee-owned company, founded in Perry, Oklahoma, is the only manufacturer and global distributor that solely exists to make underground utility construction profitable. Our family of brands includes Ditch Witch®, Subsite® Electronics, DW/TXS®, HammerHead®, Radius® HDD, American Augers®, Trencor® and MTI® Equipment. For more information, visit

American Augers, Ditch Witch, DW/TXS, HammerHead, HDD Advisor, MTI, Radius, Subsite and Trencor are trademarks of The Charles Machine Works Inc. Vermeer is a trademark of Vermeer Manufacturing Company Inc.