“Ditch Witch” is a commercial underground construction equipment built by The Charles Machine Works, Inc., from Oklahoma, USA. The term is commonly used to describe the company’s original product, a power trencher which was itself called the “Ditch Witch.”

The original Ditch Witch was the first mechanized, compact service-line trencher developed for digging long trenches for the purpose of laying underground water lines. Up to that time (1949), digging trenches was tedious and arduous manual labor performed with a pick and shovel.

Uses for the Ditch Witch

  • Dig small trenches.
  • Replacement of steam shovels and wheel trenchers
  • Small trenches such as the ones used to carry water, power and telephone lines.
  • Raft foundations
  • Various small jobs
  • Commercial and even residential landscaping

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