Paul M. Snyder, a farmer all of his life, knew there was a need for an efficient way of draining large areas in farm fields. In June of 1984, while operating his farm in Carlisle, Indiana, Mr. Snyder invented and introduced the first Hurricane ditcher. In 1990, Hurricane Ditcher opened its own manufacturing facility in Vincennes, Indiana. In December of 1993, Hurricane Ditcher moved to their present location in Vincennes, Indiana. Situated on 17 acres, the site now consists of a welding shop, two fabrication buildings, a paint building and an office/parts warehouse.
During a field day sponsored by a Kansas Soil and Water Conservation District, John had the idea of modifying the deflector shield into a longer shield, the terracing shield, to more accurately control the soil while operating. So, then evolved the Model 24 Ditcher-Terracer as it is still called today. The first 3-Pt PTO Ditcher was manufactured for Hurricane Ditcher by Farm World Manufacturing in West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1986. Shortly thereafter, the 3-Pt 10 was developed by Hurricane Ditcher. The 3-Pt 20 ditcher was introduced in the fall of 1989. Hurricane Ditcher later began manufacturing the 3-Pt 15 and 3-Pt 26 models.
It occurred to Paul that a lot of ditches could not be reached with these models, thus the Side-Arm ditcher was introduced in 1992. To meet the varying needs of the various counties and townships, a smaller more affordable side-arm ditcher was needed. Thus, the "Baby" Side-Arm ditcher was introduced to their family of ditchers in February of 1996. The "Ditch Angel" originated in 2000 and is a right-hand side-arm ditcher, rather than left-hand as are the Original Side-Arm and "Baby" Side-Arm models. The Ditch Angel has an optional 5-foot brush mower attachment which gives the "Ditch Angel" owner the versatility of using it as a ditcher or as a mower.
The Swinger, created in 2001, is a 3-point hitch model that has the ability to "swing" behind either tractor tire or any position in between, thus giving the owner greater versatility in varying ground conditions. The 3-Pt 42, introduced in 2006, is a 3-Pt hitch model operating with the same 42" diameter impeller as the Original Side-Arm. With its rugged design it can take the punishment it will receive working in extremely trashy conditions such as sod or stalks.
Whatever your ditching, waterway or terracing needs, Hurricane Ditcher Company has a model to fit your requirements. As a family owned and operated business, it is our philosophy to make ditchers that you can depend on for years of reliable service.
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