JT9 Directional Drill
The 66-hp, Tier 4 Ditch Witch JT9 is the most powerful drill in its class. Offering 9,000 lb of pullback force in its sturdy yet compact frame, the JT9 combines the simplicity and easy operation of smaller horizontal directional drills with the advanced features of bigger drilling machines—like a heavy-duty anchor system, open-top vise wrenches and an integrated remote display.
Key Features
  • High-performance, Tier 4, 66-hp Deutz® diesel engine is air-cooled and quiet for easy maintenance and longer operation.
  • 9,000 lb of pullback force, 186 rpm max. spindle speed.
  • JT9 is equipped with a heavy-duty anchor system, integrated remote tracking display and other features usually seen only on larger directional drills.
  • Comfortable operator’s station includes an ergonomic seat designed to reduce operator stress and an advanced display that provides all engine diagnostics and features standard gauges.
  • Easy to mobile, easy to turn, and rides on turf-friendly tracks for less surface disturbance during utility installations.
  • Shortest drill in its class, for easy setup in tight spaces.
  • The JT9’s carriage travels the length of the drill frame faster than other drills in its class, for faster cycle times and more pipe in the ground.
  • JT9 holds 300 ft of drill pipe on board—up to double that of the competition—so you can finish virtually any job.
  • Open-top vise wrenches are angled toward the operator for an excellent view of the tool joint, and they require no daily maintenance.
  • Easy to maintain, with no grease zerks and all daily maintenance points in one easily accessible location.
  • Drill operator is positioned near the center of the pipe rack for easy pipe handling; seat slides fore and aft so drill pipe is easy to reach.
Overall machine length
146 in
Overall machine width
48 in
Overall machine height
74 in
Overall machine weight
7,050 lb - empty water tank, 50 drill pipe.
Entry angle
10° to 14°
Angle of approach
Angle of departure
Spindle speed, max.
186 rpm
Spindle torque, max.
1,100 ft-lb
Carriage thrust travel speed
130 fpm
Carriage pullback travel speed
130 fpm
Thrust force
9,000 lb
Pullback force
9,000 lb
Bore diameter
3 in
Backream diameter
soil dependent
Ground travel speed, maximum
- Forward
2.3 mph
- Reverse
2.3 mph
Power – TIER 4
Deutz® TD2.9
Cooling medium
Turbo charged
199 in³
3.7 in
4.5 in
Manufacturer's gross power rating @ 2300 rpm
66 hp
Power – TIER 4i
Power - Tier 3/4i
Drilling Fluid System (On-Board)
Drilling Fluid System
Drilling fluid pressure, max.
750 psi
Drilling fluid flow, max.
13 gpm
Fluid Capacities
Hydraulic reservoir
18 gal
Fuel tank
19 gal
UFE Drill Pipe
Power Pipe®
Length of drill pipe
72 in
Diameter of drill pipe, tool joint end
2 in
Diameter of drill pipe
1.6 in
Minimum bend radius
105 ft
Weight of drill pipe, lined
29 lb
Single Piece Forged Drill Pipe
Power Pipe® HD
Power Pipe Forged
Power Pipe Forged (900#)
Power Pipe® HD (900#)
HIWS1 Pipe
Power Pipe Forged (For Dirt Drilling)
All Terrain Pipe
SAE reserve capacity rating
195 min
SAE cold crank @ 0° F (-18° C)
950 amps
Battery – TIER 4
Battery (2 used)
Battery – TIER 4i
Noise Levels
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