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Ditch Witch: Big on performance, low on maintenance


The Ditch Witch SK900 stand-on mini skid steer is optimised to deliver productivity in tight spaces.

Ditch Witch understands that every contractor wants machinery to be reliable under the most demanding conditions. In addition, machine operators and fleet owners need their equipment to be fully productive every working day, with minimal downtime for maintenance.

With this in mind, Ditch Witch has designed the SK900 mini skid steer, the latest offering in its SK series in the Australian range of six construction-grade skid steers.

Innovations for saving time and reducing maintenance costs come from outstanding features that are found throughout the SK series. These engineering innovations include zero daily greasing and high ground clearance.

Other advanced features include a unique high-drive track system that has bolt-on sprockets and track rollers for easy serviceability. The design of this system also provides increased traction and better stability. A feature unique to Ditch Witch are replaceable track rollers that have a low-maintenance track- tensioning system.

For added safety and operator convenience, the SK900 has the biggest stand-on platform in the industry and is fitted with attachment plates that are designed to allow a comprehensive range of attachments to be fitted.

More power and quiet operation

Looking more closely at what the SK900 offers is a convincing statement about its higher efficiency and gutsy performance. For example, it incorporates several innovations and specific features. To ensure optimum power is delivered where it is needed, the SK900 features a Yanmar 18.5kw turbo diesel motor, which combined with a new hydraulic system and ground drive, provides impressive and powerful performance that is ahead of the pack.

Scott O’Hare, National Product Manager for Ditch Witch CEA, explains some of the key  benefits of the SK900.

“The Yanmar engine runs at a lower rpm than similar machines,” O’Hare says. “This means it runs much quieter than other units in the 24hp to 32hp class in the Australian market.

“The SK900 also features a new hydraulic pump and higher torque drive motors that deliver greater tractive effort is greater than other machines in its class. It will become very noticeable in applications where more pushing power is required, allowing operators to get more out of their machine while maintaining a smaller footprint.”


The SK900 features the biggest stand-on platform in the industry. Image: CEA

Time-saving enhancements

As with all the Ditch Witch SK skid steers, the SK900 has the same ground-drive speed in forward and reverse, however the latest model also features a trouble-shooting code gauge on the dash which helps with diagnostics and saves time. No diagnostic tool connection is needed. There’s also a new paddle throttle that replaces a mechanical lever, and O’Hare points out it’s a bonus.

“There’s no adjustment required for it. It’s a more dependable set up and easier to use,” he says.

Where the other models in the Ditch Witch SK range have a steel guard which flips down and secures the fuel filler cap, the SK900 is available with a locking cap, speeding up access and making refuelling faster and easier.

The SK900 is ideally matched to the needs of the Australian landscaping industry.

“For landscape contractors and operators, these are the people who will immediately see a big benefit from the SK900. Particularly when using the SK900 in applications like digging, loading trucks, and preparing surfaces, having the additional ground-drive torque is especially important,” O’Hare points out.

The 422kg machine is powered by an 18.5kw Yanmar 3TNV80FT engine, while the compact dimensions of 1065mm in width and 2190mm in length enable it to access limited access sites. Adding to efficiency is its ability to travel at speeds up to 6.4 kilometres per hour, a tipping capacity of 1208kg and a handy dump height of 2100mm.

Buy an SK900 from just $59,000+GST including a free bucket! This offer is valid until March 31, 2024, through Ditch Witch CEA Australian branches. Ditch Witch skid steers are available from all CEA branches Australia-wide.

Visit: www.ditchwitchcea.com.au


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