Northern Plains Drainage Systems, creators of the Ditch Assist grade control system, have entered into an agreement with Botterill Sales to be their sole distributor worldwide.
The Ditch Assist system has been gaining attention as a simple, affordable grade control system for scrapers, rotary ditchers, blades, land levelers and any other device using hydraulics to raise and lower. The system includes a proportional valve that mounts to the implement and simply plugs in between the implement lift hoses and the tractor couplers. The Ditch Assist Control Module controls the valve while communicating wirelessly with an Android tablet (not included) in the cab. By using a tablet the operator can use the device for more than just grade control and all software updates are automatically sent out using Google Play.
“I’ve been watching this system for several months now,” says Todd Botterill, President of Botterill Sales. “And I really like how easy they’ve made it to connect and use. It’s a very simple system at a very affordable price!”
The system is designed to work with almost any GPS system on the market today. RTK systems provide the most accuracy but many new subscription based systems have had good results as well.
Botterill Sales will work on expanding the dealer network across Canada and the United States. This will leave the developers at Northern Plains Drainage Systems free to work on increasing the range of machines that the Ditch Assist can be used on. Currently work is being done with bull dozers to bring easier grade control to the construction market as well.