McElroy’s new In-Ditch 48 brings fusion capability to confined work settings using large-diameter pipe. The In-Ditch 48 features a top-loading heater and facer providing greater flexibility in tight spaces with minimal site excavation required.

It offers power in a small package, according to the company, with 3,000-psi maximum pressure to serve various in-ditch applications for 16-in. OD to 48-in. OD (450 mm to 1,200 mm) pipe. Removable jaws and clamp cylinders make it easier to load, and the four-jaw carriage converts to a three-jaw configuration making it possible to fuse short pipe stubs, providing maximum versatility in close quarters. The In-Ditch 48 provides ease of mobility with multiple lifting points, a carriage spreader bar and skidded carriage. The power pack and heater/facer caddy each have a single, central lifting point and forklift pockets. Roll bars protect the carriage and hydraulic components as the machine is eased into the ditch. The In-Ditch 48 is compatible with the McElroy DataLogger, which provides joint recording ability and added jobsite accountability.