C16X Walk-Behind Trencher
Maximize performance and your return on investment with the Ditch Witch C16X Walk-Behind Trencher. Our exclusive CX Track design delivers better traction and maneuverability in a more compact design for tighter jobsites. Responsive, easy-to-use touch controls provide smoother operation. And superior serviceability—a simple, open design for easy access and no daily grease points to worry about—means less maintenance time to keep your C16X rental-ready. Get proven Ditch Witch reliability in the latest, patent-pending track design: only with the C16X.
Key Features
  • Reliable 16-hp Briggs & Stratton® engine keeps the C16X performing for rental income you can count on, year after year.
  • Up to 36” digging depth for efficient installation of pipe and cable.
  • Newly designed hydraulic system eliminates vertical shafts and belts, resulting in a simple, reliable unit with no linkages to adjust.
  • Utilizes the Ditch Witch 35K digging system or the new OptiCut™ system—both specifically designed to work with Ditch Witch trenchers to optimize production.
  • Exclusive, patent-pending CX Track design puts more track on the ground for better traction while increasing stability for better production.
  • The shorter left track on the CX Track design allows for a more compact piece of equipment than competitive designs, offering more maneuverability in tighter spaces.
  • New, robust, straightforward pivot design is maintenance-free and increases unit uptime.
  • Greaseless sealed bearing design with construction-grade seals help increase machine longevity.
  • No daily grease points—a Ditch Witch exclusive—means less hassle and prep to keep your trenchers rental-ready.
  • Standard outboard bearing support stabilizes the headshaft and auger, for reliable productivity trench after trench.
  • Hydrostatic, skid-steer style steering provides easier operation.
  • Redesigned easy-touch controls are smoother and lighter for less operator fatigue and increased machine responsiveness.
  • Increased visibility of the workstation improves operator productivity.
  • The RotoWitch® boring attachment results in fewer disturbances, less labor and less restoration than tearing up driveways and sidewalks to complete an installation.
  • Our easy-to-operate backfill blade is much faster and less expensive than shovels, increasing productivity and rental revenue.
  • Ditch Witch also offers the S2B Trailer, a single-axle design with a full-width steel deck, with ramps for easy loading and unloading of equipment of up to 5,700 lb.
Trench depth, maximum
36 in
Trench width, maximum
6 in
35.8 in
CL to Right
18.6 in
CL to Left
17.2 in
13.7 in
Length (Up to)
94 in
Height - transport (Up to)
63 in
Travel speed forward
120 ft/min
Travel speed reverse
120 ft/min
Digging Chain Speed (Std)
309 ft/min
Spoils Handling
Auger, Single, Open end
Auger Diameter
17 in
Trench Cleaner Type
Trench Cleaner Size
4-6 in
Operating Weight
1895 lbs.
Briggs & Stratton 16 Vanguard Commercial Series
Cooling medium
Number of cylinders
Manufacturer's net horsepower rating
16 hp
Rated speed
3600 rpm
Fuel consumption @ 3600 rpm
1.33 gph
Power Train
Ground drive
Hydrostatic, speed infinitely variable from zero to maximum, speed and direction control
Digging chain drive
Hydraulic direct drive, dual lever-operated, one speed forward and reverse
Pump drive
Direct to engine
Track width
Direct Drive
Digging chain
Ground pressure
4.5 psi
Hydraulic System
Digging drive pump capacity
10 gpm
11.5 gpm
1.5 gpm
10 Micron absolute
Fluid Capacities
Fuel Tank
2.3 gal
11 gal
Vibration Level
Noise Level
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