Ransome Attachments to distribute new Ditch Doctor products

The hydraulic excavator attachment comes in two models and can be hooked up within a minute.

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September 10, 2019

LUMBERTON, N.J. – Ransome Attachments has been named the first and only distributor of Ditch Doctor Attachments in the United States. The 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 – previously built two other attachments for long reach excavators to dredge marinas, harbors and ponds before creating the Ditch Doctor.

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 three times more productive in terms of ditching. Fisher once pitted the Ditch Doctor against the bucket method on a 3,281-linear-foot project and calculated the costs and productivity. The conventional method produced 85 feet per hour, while the Ditch Doctor carved out 308. The profit margin with the Ditch Doctor was 89 percent versus 38 percent for the bucket method.

The Ditch Doctor also creates a two-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. The two-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.

“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 three feet 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. There are two models available, both of which are custom manufactured to fit specific makes and models of excavators from 5 to 22 tons. Both include a quick attach and can be hooked up within a minute. The attachment itself is manufactured in Canada, but the actual assembly and shipping is done by Ditch Doctor in its Nova Scotia shop.

“We know there's so much potential in the U.S.,” said Carole Fisher, adding that they have fielded many inquiries in recent years. “Having a partner to be able to distribute it on our behalf is definitely a great success for us.”