Toro-brand directional drills, riding trenchers discontinued as Toro realigns after Charles Machine Works buy
Marcia Gruver Doyle | August 19, 2019

The Ditch Witch brand is now part of Toro, following Toro’s acquisition of the Charles Machine Works earlier this year.

As expected, Toro is discontinuing its line of Toro-branded large horizontal directional drills and riding trenchers, following its acquisition of Charles Machine Works this year.

The phased-out units include Toro’s DD226 and DD4050 directional drills and RT600 and RT1200 riding trenchers. Toro plans to continue producing all of its walk-behind trenchers, as well as its ProSneak 365 vibratory plow. The company says its integration plan includes a focus on Ditch Witch, Trencor and American Auger brands for its underground segment.

In announcing the realignment of its underground construction business, Toro says it “intends to combine certain aspects of the Ditch Witch, American Augers and Trencor business,” three of the brands included in the acquisition.


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The plans will include a “streamlined approach to the marketing, sales and service functions of those businesses to more effectively support customer needs,” says a press release.

“We continue to be very excited about the expertise, knowledge and understanding of the underground business that the Charles Machine Works companies bring to our organization,” says Rick Rodier, Toro group vice president, construction businesses. “Throughout the ongoing integration process, we continue to be impressed by their market-leading position, strong product portfolio and best-in-class channel.”

Toro says its Toro-brand products—including Dingo compact utility loaders, concrete and masonry mixers, compaction equipment and tree and specialty turf products—will continue to serve the growing rental and specialty construction markets.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated following a clarification from Toro that its riding trenchers – not its walk-behind trenchers – are part of the phase-out. 

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