The JT20 lets you do more so you can make more. With plenty of power packed into a compact size and new features like an easy-to-use carve mode and time-saving LCD display, the JT20 helps you work faster so you can tackle more jobs. More productivity. More profits. You asked for it. And you got it with the JT20.

Ditch Witch JT20 Directional Drill
Ditch Witch JT20 Directional Drill
Ditch Witch JT20 Directional Drill
Ditch Witch JT20 Directional Drill

Rack-and-pinion design offers 20,000 lbs (89 kN) of pullback force for outstanding performance on a wide range of underground installations.

Turbocharged with a 74.5-hp (55.6-kW) Tier-4 compliant Deutz® diesel engine, the JT20 requires no aftertreatment. The engine’s diesel oxidation catalyst replaces the muffler and decreases emissions.

Design enhancements to the JT20 include a simplified hydraulic system that allows the unit to operate more efficiently during multiple machine functions.


Compact size offers greater productivity and maneuverability on residential and urban jobsites.

The JT20 has a high ratio of power to size, allowing operators to install more utilities per day in tight, congested areas. 

At 35 gpm, the drilling fluid system has greater capacity than competitive drills in its class. The high fluid flow enables larger diameter utility installations and better performance in various soil conditions.

The JT20 features an enhanced cooling system for improved air flow and increases usable horsepower for maximized downhole efficiency. 

The drill is equipped with an automated, intuitive carve mode that is easy to set up and adjust and helps reduce operator fatigue, increase production efficiencies and improve overall tooling life.

A coordinated makeup feature increases the life of drill pipe joints by automatically matching carriage speed with rotation during pipe makeup and breakout.

An industry-best cruise control system simplifies drilling and backreaming.

The drill’s auto-throttle feature saves fuel by slowing the engine to idle after 15 seconds of inactivity; when work is resumed, the auto-throttle engages.

Dual rear independent stabilizers are easy to engage for simple setup on rugged jobsites and enhanced stability while drilling.

Innovative Design

The JT20 has no grease zerks – a Ditch Witch exclusive – and features all daily maintenance points in one easy-access location to simplify machine maintenance, reduce service time and increase uptime.

A best-in-class, heavy-duty anchor system provides 16 inches more engagement than competitive units for outstanding stability while drilling.

A proven, tethered ground-drive controller, with an optional wireless remote, helps with loading/unloading and helps the operator maneuver the unit to an optimal position for drilling.

The drill is equipped with the advanced Ditch Witch SaverLok System® for the tightest connection and best protection against wear and tear on the drill pipe and drive system. The system is quick and easy to install with minimal downtime.

The JT20 is compatible with the Subsite® Electronics TK RECONTM HDD guidance system, including the Commander 7™ display, with industry-leading depth range up to 110 feet (33.5 m) for greater efficiency and productivity on the job.

Operator's Station

A newly designed operator’s station features an ergonomic, adjustable seat to reduce operator strain and keep the operator comfortable for long hours on the job.

A color LCD display provides engine diagnostics and informational messages, including electronic strike indicators (ESID) and helps operators stay aware of what’s going on in and around the drill and jobsite.

The machine’s open-top vise wrenches are angled toward the operator for an excellent view of the tool joint, and they require no daily maintenance.

Superior Customer Support

The JT20 directional drill and its drill pipe and downhole tooling are part of a complete horizontal directional drilling (HDD) system designed and manufactured by the Ditch Witch organization to work together with unbeatable efficiency.

Compatible with industry-leading Ditch Witch downhole tools, like the Trihawk® HD and PowerHouse® HD housings and bits, the JT20 provides superior efficiency and productivity in hard, compacted soils and soft rock.

The JT20 is also compatible with premium Ditch Witch Power Pipe® HD Fluid Miser® II, Unlined and Forged HD drill pipe, providing the strongest and most wear-resistant tool joints in the industry.

As with all Ditch Witch equipment, the JT20 is backed by a worldwide network of dealerships you can count on for unmatched commitment to your success. From genuine Ditch Witch parts to factory-trained service and expert advice, your Ditch Witch dealership is your trusted partner.

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.


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