NorTrac® Towable Backhoe Trencher - 15 HP - 3-Tooth Digging Bucket (985619)

Regular price $3,449.99
Regular price -9% $3,799.99 Sale price $3,449.99

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Product Description

This portable NorTrac® Towable Backhoe Trencher is powered by a high-performance 15 HP, Ducar 420cc engine. It’s perfect for a wide variety of landscaping projects including trenching, planting trees, moving rocks and dirt, removing stumps and much more. It's also compatible with a ripper, loader, rock grabber and other extension components (sold separately, see options). A 2in. ball hitch is included for easy hookup to a truck, ATV, UTV or tractor for transport wherever you need it. Features 340lb. lift capacity. Some assembly required. HM46 hydraulic fluid and 5W-30 engine oil required (not included.)

Optional Accessories Available 

  1. 10" Trencher Bucket
  2. Rock Grabber
  3. Ripper Attachment


  • Includes 12in. wide, 3-tooth digging bucket
  • 15 HP Ducar 420cc gas engine with recoil and electric start
  • 60° left and right boom rotation
  • 80in. (6.7ft.) max. digging depth/14in. digging width
  • 340-lb. lift capacity
  • 8ft. max. reach
  • Approximately 130° operating angle
  • 3600 max. RPM
  • 2 control levers offer 4-way steering
  • 2 large, smooth-rolling tires
  • Adjustable safety seat adds comfort
  • High-efficiency 3.8 GPM hydraulic oil pump with 4 double-acting hydraulic cylinders and hydraulic oil temperature display
  • 2in. ball hitch for towing with a truck, tractor, UTV or ATV
  • 136in.L x 76.5in.W x 61in.H overall size

Detailed Specifications

  • Manual: Download PDF 985619
  • Item: 985619
  • Brand: NorTrac
  • Manufacture's Warranty: 1 year Limited Warranty
  • Ship Weight: 1078 Lbs
  • Engine:  Ducar 420cc DH420
  • Blade Width: 12 in
  • Digging Depth: 80 in
  • Ground Clearance: 8 in
  • Bucket Capacity: 340 Gal
  • Lift Capacity: 340 lb
  • Max Lift Height: 96 in
  • Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 136 x 76.5 x 61 in
  • Product Weight:  990 lb

The NorTrac Towable Trencher is a multifaceted tool that excels in numerous landscaping tasks. Use it for trenching to lay utility lines, create irrigation ditches, or install drainage systems. It's equally proficient in planting trees and shrubs, removing stubborn stumps, and moving rocks and dirt. This versatility makes it an indispensable asset for homeowners and professionals alike.

Enhance the NorTrac towable trencher's performance by using its compatibility with various extension components, including ripper attachments, buckets, and rock grabbers (sold separately). This adaptability means that the trencher can evolve to meet the specific requirements of each landscaping project, giving the freedom to do more with a single machine.

The NorTrac towable trencher features a 1 7/8-inch ball hitch, providing a convenient and secure hookup to a truck, ATV, UTV, or tractor. This ease of transport allows you to take the trencher wherever the project demands, ensuring you always have the right tool at the right time. With a 340-lb. lift capacity, the trencher is well-equipped to handle various materials and components, making it highly adaptable to the demands of your landscaping tasks. 

Shipping Disclaimer

Due to rising fuel costs and lack of space on shipping trucks the costs in certain areas have been affected. An "out of area" fee may be necessary. If additional funds are required to fulfill your order we will reach out to you after your order is placed and give you options including possible terminal pick up. (Read more about our shipping policy and how freight shipping works.)


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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Brent F. (Versailles, US)
**** of a machine for the money

My first job unfortunately was to bury a full size doe. Someone hit it and knocked it into our yard. The machine was easy to put together with two men. Heavy metal with beautiful welds. Just understand it’s not a caterpillar or a case, use it like it’s supposed to be used, and it will dig very nicely. I can’t wait till my next project. I’ve never really used a backhoe and I was feeling pretty comfortable with the controls in my first hour of use.

Hi Brent, Awesome glad to hear you love your digger. They give you a lot of bang for your buck and very affordable for what you get. Thanks for leaving a review!


Robert H. (Millboro, US)

I’m very impressed. I put it together and fired it up. No issues. Used the ripping tooth and was able to dig up a 6” maple tree. The clips for the two bucket pins will pop off if you rub against something. Might think about a different setup for the bucket pins. I’m missing two now! Looking forward to doing some more projects.

Hi Robert, great to hear! Thanks for letting us know about your satisfaction with the trencher, we appreciate it.


B B. (Angleton, US)
Very happy with purchase

I contacted to ask a few questions about the backhoe and the person who answered was very helpful. They told me at that time that there were only a couple left a couple days ago so they may be out by time I order but get them in very often. Sure enough upon ordering I got notification they were out but expected more within a week. A couple days later I got notification it had shipped.
The local branch of the shipping service called me to set up delivery before they had even received it. We set up a date and they told me I would be notified about 1 hour before delivery. They were within 5 minutes of that hour and dropped it on my trailer for me. Delivery man was great so i bought his lunch.
Upon starting assembly we used a tractor to lift the heavier parts from the crate, then cut the crate open to access the main frame. The directions weren't perfect but we were able to use them to figure out assembly and it went together without a hitch. We filled it with oil, fresh gas, and hydraulic fluid. We turned on the gas, cranked it, and the bugger fired right up and ran smooth.
I had a bunch of trenches to dig for a septic project and the thing digs great. It's a little slow moving it, but i was able to creap it anywhere i needed it. We found it digs just fine at about half throttle, so never run it on high. The controls, especially the pivot side to side are somewhat jerky but i expect that to improve as it breaks in and i get better running it.
I love it, no regrets buying it at all. Also no regrets getting it from I'm a vey happy customer.

Glad to hear you love your new trencher. I am glad we were able to get one out to you quickly. These tend to go in and out of stock but seem to get replenished fairly quick. Thanks for your positive review, we appreciate your business!