Ditch Witch is a major manufacturer of directional drills, trenchers, vibratory plows, vacuum excavators, and mini skid steers. Their specialization has been underground utility construction equipment.
Ditch Witch is actually a brand name belonging to Charles Machine Works, whose long history can be traced back to the Malzahn Blacksmith Shop in the early 1900s, located in Perry, Oklahoma. It wasn’t until the late 1940s that the company, known at that time as Charlie’s Machine Shop, saw a need for equipment to aid with the installation of residential utilities. Their first mechanical trenching machine they developed was known as the Ditch Witch Power (DWP), and from there the company became known for its ditch digging equipment. It was the brainchild of Charles Machine Works founder and mechanical engineer Ed Malzahn. He took his father’s small machine shop and turned it into a worldwide leader in utility construction equipment.
Ditch Witch has continued to innovate and improve the technology needed to efficiently install underground utilities, and their mini skid steers are especially popular in a variety of industries. It is used for landscaping, irrigation, and similar projects.