RT45 Ride-On Trencher

Rental's Most Requested Ride-On Trencher

There's an easy way to remember the ideal machine for trenching 4- to 5-foot (1.2- to 1.5-m) trenches: the Ditch Witch RT45. With its direct-coupled, high-torque digging chain motor and Tier 4 engine, the RT45 has plenty of power to muscle through the earth—with your choice of trencher, backhoe, earth saw, vibratory plow, microtrencher, or combination trencher/plow attachments—while you enjoy its roomy and comfortable operator’s station. With all of its customer-driven design features, it’s no surprise that the RT45 has been the rental industry’s number one choice in its horsepower class for the last 50 years.

Ditch Witch RT45 Ride-On Trencher
Ditch Witch RT45 Ride-On Trencher
Ditch Witch RT45 Ride-On Trencher
Ditch Witch RT45 Ride-On Trencher

Tier 4, 49-hp (36.5-kW) Deutz® diesel engine is designed for minimal maintenance and maximum operator productivity.


Advanced air-filtration system designed to improve engine performance; air filter elements are easy to access and replace.

Direct-coupled, high-torque digging chain motor designed for increased production and reliability.

Engine service points are easily accessible from one side, simplifying maintenance.

Rugged Design

Advanced operator presence system designed to promote safety by stopping the engine when operator leaves the seat.

Outstanding versatility: attachments include a centerline or dual-position trencher, vibratory plow, earth saw, microtrencher, combination trencher/plow, and backhoe.

Monochrome LCD display provides all engine diagnostics and easy-to-read gauges.

Ease of use

User-friendly operation, with color-coded speed/direction and attachment controls; backfill blade controlled by a highly responsive joystick.

Easy-to-use foot pedal controls the infinitely variable ground drive forward and reverse.

Operator's Station

Operator’s station features one-piece molded instrument console designed to provide ample legroom and greater visibility.

Exhaust system is mounted under a composite hood with a horizontal exhaust pipe, diverting noise and hot air from the operator.

Superior Customer Support

Your Ditch Witch equipment is backed by a worldwide network of dealers you can count on for unmatched commitment to your success. From genuine Ditch Witch parts to factory-trained service to expert advice, your Ditch Witch dealer has it all for you.

Available with the Orange Intel™ Fleet Management System, equipment owners can keep track of their fleet’s performance with critical insights to help increase business efficiency and profitability.

From the basics of HDD and vacs to the specifics of operating stand-on skid steers, trenchers and more, the Ditch Witch organization is your go-to resource for the best training in the industry. Talk to your local dealer to learn more about our Ditch Witch Certified Training programs.


We’ve made a wide variety of valuable safety information available in one convenient location. Ditch Witch Safe is dedicated to providing the resources you need to operate your equipment safely.

Contact your local dealer for up-to-date information, business hours and what we’re doing to keep our employees—and our customers—safe. We're In This Together.
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