Ransome Attachments Brings the Ditch Doctor to the U.S.
Ransome Attachments has been named the first and only distributor of Ditch Doctor™ Attachments in the U.S. This unique hydraulic excavator attachment is designed for creating, restoring, and maintaining infrastructure drainage ditches.
The Ditch Doctor is the product of a resourceful Canadian specialty excavating company that was looking for an alternative to ditching with the conventional excavator-mounted bucket method. Owner and inventor Adam Fisher – a second generation contractor – is no stranger to innovation. He built 2 other attachments for long reach excavators to dredge marinas, harbors, and ponds before innovating the Ditch Doctor.
Mr. Fisher designed the Ditch Doctor to improve productivity and reduce operating costs in a more environmentally-friendly way. It essentially chews up material with cutting heads, breaks it down, and redistributes the spoils from a chute. The excavator operator has full control of the cutting depth and projection distance.
The Ditch Doctor reduces the time and costs associated with the conventional method. Instead of leaving a stockpile of dirt that must be hauled away or flattened with a bulldozer, it projects the material away from the ditch, allowing it to self-level.
It is also up to 3 times more productive in terms of ditching. Adam Fisher once pitted the Ditch Doctor against the bucket method on a 1 km-long project and calculated the costs and productivity. The conventional method produced 26 m/h, while the Ditch Doctor carved out 93 m/h.
The Ditch Doctor is also more environmentally friendly than the conventional bucket method because it creates a 2-stage ditch, which allows the vegetation to remain on slopes and an upper shelf as the rotary head carves out a U-shaped ditch below, unlike the bucket method that removes all beneficial vegetation and allows for further erosion. The 2-stage ditch reduces the velocity of water flow, retains beneficial nutrients, creates a wildlife habitat, prevents sediments from washing downstream and causing problems, and requires less maintenance. This is also beneficial on farms and sites with high-quality soil because it allows the material to remain on site. It is not uncommon to see vegetation growing from the redistributed spoils in as little as 3 weeks. The Ditch Doctor easily maintains buffer zones, which have been proven to reduce phosphates and nitrates into waterways.
“The Ditch Doctor improves productivity, reduces operating costs, and protects the environment at the same time,” said Eric Ransome, owner of Ransome Attachments. “It’s exciting to be able to bring that value to our customers across so many industries.”
A patented detachable outer scroll case allows the Ditch Doctor to be used for dry ditching, but it can also work in up to 1 m of water. The company plans to add additional scroll cases that can be swapped for different work tools, allowing it to become a multi-functional attachment.
The Ditch Doctor can handle any material, including dirt, sand, sludge, vegetation, ice, and even rocks. The attachment is designed to chatter upon hitting rock to notify the operator and can function as a bucket to move even the largest boulders from the ditch.
The Ditch Doctor is an ideal solution for farmers, drainage, land clearing, and excavating contractors, municipalities, transportation agencies, utility contractors, golf course property managers, oil and gas companies, land management companies, landowners, railroads, land conservation agencies, and property managers.
There are 2 Ditch Doctor models available, both of which are custom manufactured to fit specific makes and models of excavators from 5 to 20 t. Both include a quick attach and can be hooked up within a minute. The attachment itself is manufactured in Canada and the actual assembly and shipping is done by Ditch Doctor in its Nova Scotia shop.
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