Ditch Assist X is the first affordable alternative to using lasers when digging to grade. Using an RTK GPS receiver plus Ditch Assist X Sensor Modules mounted on the machine, the operator can use the Ditch Assist App to verify bucket elevation and check grade at any position in real-time. Designed specifically with digging or cleaning out drainage ditches and trenching in drainage pipes in mind, Ditch Assist X eliminates the need to re-position lasers, or use a spotter to verify grade/depth. Ditch Assist X is the most efficient, most affordable, and easiest-to-use on-grade guidance system for excavators and backhoes.
Never Leave The Cab
The operator can see current bucket elevation and whether they are on grade. No lasers to move or grade rod checks.
Grade Drainage Ditches
Simply set the bucket at a reference point such as a culvert, enter the required grade, and start working.
Use with existing RTK GPS or bundle with our great value options to outfit an entire machine affordably.
DITCH ASSIST X KITS PRICING
DITCH ASSIST X USES THE DITCH ASSIST APP
Our free app runs on Android tablets that cost just $200-$300. Today's tablets have plenty of power, and eliminate the need for an expensive in-cab display. Once connected to the Ditch Assist X sensor modules via Wi-Fi, the app receives the accurate bucket elevation measurements, updated several times per second.
The operator can use the Ditch Assist app to set a target grade, just like a laser, and as they begin working the app will provide visual and audible guidance to maintain the required grade. If a Bluetooth-enabled GPS is being used it is also possible to transfer the GPS and tablet to an ATV to survey the proposed route, then use Ditch Assist's advanced Slope-IQ function to design a variable slope ditch to dig.
Using Ditch Assist X to Grade Drainage Ditches in Pineapple Plantations
HOW DITCH ASSIST X WORKS
Ditch Assist X uses a combination of machine mounted GPS and sensors to compute accurate bucket elevation at any machine position. The GPS antenna is mounted on the included pendulum mount at the pivot point between the stick and stick cylinder. Ditch Assist X modules are mounted on the dog-bone and on the stick.
Once measurements and calibrations have been performed using our intuitive calibration app, the modules transmit corrected bucket elevations over Wi-Fi to the Ditch Assist app in the cab.
Calculate Grade Breaks Easily with the Ditch Assist App
Use a GPS RTK smart antenna, such as the Hemisphere S321, with built-in Bluetooth to quickly survey the grade between two points using the survey function in the Ditch Assist app. In the example above, the operator detached the GPS from the machine, then shot the grades from culvert-to-culvert along a drainage ditch by simply driving from point to point and reading off the grades. To clean-out the ditch, the operator simply puts the bucket on the first culvert, enters the target grade (0.15%), and starts working. At the next culvert, they repeat the process, entering the next grade (0.05%), and continue. The end result is a ditch that's properly graded.
Ditch Assist X Benefits
Eliminates the need for lasers - SAVES TIME, SAVES MONEY, INCREASES PRODUCTIVITY
Operator can verify grade is achieved from the cab - NO NEED FOR A SPOTTER, FASTER AND SAFER
The first truly affordable solution - SETUP MULTIPLE MACHINES FOR COST OF ONE COMPETITIVE SYSTEM