Before breaking ground on a new project, it’s important to know what buried utilities are hiding underground. Services such as One-Call are a great starting point at identifying a utility’s location, but they are not foolproof. Vacuum excavators, on the other hand, can be essential to your fleet, helping to expose utilities so you don’t cause serious and costly damage.
Vacuum excavation technology has been around in some shape or form since the 1950s. Vacuum hoses are often seen around work areas suctioning the earth to expose a utility in a fast, safe and surgical manner. Operators can safely identify and positively locate a utility — avoiding the potential of damaging it during a dig.
Vacuum excavator manufacturers provide their histories, summaries and specs for their product lines below. Take a look at these machines and consider the benefits they offer for keeping crews safe on the job and utilities in working order.
For more than 95 years, McLaughlin has been a leader in the underground construction industry. The company has developed a reputation for designing and building dependable, low maintenance trenchless solutions for the power, gas, telecom, water, sewer and oil markets. McLaughlin offers a full line of utility locators and vacuum excavators for safely finding and exposing existing infrastructure, as well as a number of other trenchless installation products. McLaughlin manufactures Hole Hammer pneumatic piercing tools, Mighty Moles and pit launch directional drills for trenchless installation of conduit, cable and HDPE pipes. In addition, McLaughlin has a full lineup of auger boring machines and 360-degree On-Target steering systems for installation of steel casing.
Product Spotlight: ECO75 and VX75
McLaughlin recently introduced two new vacuum excavators — the ECO75 truck-mounted vacuum excavator and the VX75 trailer-mounted vacuum excavator — to answer the market’s demand for a compact vacuum excavation system with a 5-in. boom option that focuses on performance and improved fuel efficiency. The ECO75 truck-mounted vacuum excavator features a 74-hp Deutz diesel engine that powers a 1,200 high cfm vacuum blower and an 8-gpm water pump capable of 3,000 psi operating pressure, making the ECO75 vacuum excavator an ideal choice for compact jobsites, production potholing, setting power poles or fluid management in directional drilling operations.
Contractors can customize the unit to meet their business needs by choosing either a 500-, 800- or 1,200-gal capacity spoil tank, as well as the option of adding a sewer jetter or air compressor to their ECO75 or VX75 vacuum excavator. By utilizing a 74-hp auxiliary engine to power the ECO75 truck-mounted version, contractors will see reduced fuel consumption compared to running the vacuum excavator off a 270-hp, PTO-driven truck engine.
“Dealer support is key to any contractor in the field,” says Jake Jeffords, regional sales manager for McLaughlin Underground. “Proven components and an unrivaled nation-wide dealership network give a customer the support needed to feel comfortable to take on jobs all over the nation. The local knowledge of the ground condition and expertise also gives a level of comfort on the correct buying decision for the contractor.”
2006 Perimeter Rd. | Greenville, SC 29605
864.277.5870 | www.mclaughlinunderground.com