Vacuum Excavation Showcase

Eight manufacturers share their vacuum excavators.

Ditch WitchDitch Witch

To help operators do job after job, the new ruggedly-built Ditch Witch MV800 mud vacuum excavator handles the punishing conditions of HDD jobsites. Featuring heavy-duty, field-proven components, the competitively priced and easy-to-operate Ditch Witch MV800 mud vacuum excavator offers a dependable Briggs & Stratton engine, reusable filter and many other cost-efficient, customer-requested features that together translate into greater uptime. The filtration system includes an integrated carryover chamber that eliminates contaminants before they reach the blower, increasing uptime. The 800-gal spoils tank, designed for HDD drilling fluid clean-up jobs, features an optimal reverse flow to simplify spoils removal, improving productivity. For more information, visit www.ditchwitch.com.  

Hi-Vac Corp. Hi-Vac Corp.

X-Vac, a product of Hi-Vac Corp., introduces the X-12 hydro excavator. The powerful X-12 is equipped with a 12-yd debris tank and boasts a vacuum pump capable of producing 5,250 cfm and 27-in. hg.  A 700,000-btu diesel-fired hot water boiler is standard. The X-12 features dual cyclonic separators with double collection chambers, four 285-gal water storage tanks, a full-function hydraulic loading boom, a Tri-Plex water pump capable of producing 18 gpm at 3,000 psi and remote controls for the blower and water pump. The water heater, pump, hose reel and tools can be stored in a heated enclosure included on the truck. The standard vacuum tube package includes two 8-in. by 5-in. aluminum tubes, one 8-in. by 6-in. aluminum tube, one 8-in. by 6-in. aluminum tube with rubber dig end and four 8-in. coupling clamps. For more information, visit www.x-vac.com.

Vermeer by McLaughlin Vermeer by McLaughlin

The VX30-300 vacuum excavator features a cam-over rear hydraulic door, a cyclonic filtration system, optional reverse flow for pressure offloading of materials and the ability to add a water heater to help when working in frozen ground conditions. All of this comes in a machine with a 9,999-lb gross vehicle weight rating, alleviating the need for a CDL for drivers transporting the vacuum excavator. That makes it an ideal unit for rental stores and their customers. Utility companies and contractors will also benefit from the portable, compact and versatile VX30-300 vacuum excavator for their potholing jobs and fluid management on horizontal directional drilling projects. The VX30-300 has a 300-gal spoil tank and a 31-hp Yanmar diesel engine. It also has a hydraulic door, which makes dumping and cleaning the spoils tank faster and more convenient. For more information, visit
www.mclaughlinunderground.com.

Super ProductsSuper Products

Designed, engineered and built as a result of direct input from contractors specializing in a variety of hydrovac services, Super Products’ 12-yd hydro excavator — the Mud Dog 1200 — offers a powerful water jetting and air flow combination and optimal boom movement. The 1200 offers a standard water tank capacity of 1,000 gal and a pump rated at 14 gpm at 3,000 psi for effective, dependable digging performance. Its 8-in. positive displacement vacuum system offers air flow rated at 5,800 cfm/28 in. hg to remove even the most stubborn material and debris. The Mud Dog 1200 features a rear-mounted, 8-ft telescoping boom capable of 19- to 27-ft reach, 335-degree rotation, 45-degree upward and 25-degree downward pivot — allowing operators to achieve a larger work area and dig deeper. For more information, visit www.superproductsllc.com.

Vacall Vacall

Vacall AllExcavate hydro excavation models are available with a popular cold weather package, assuring smooth, reliable performance during frigid winter weather. The package includes heated cabinetry that encloses the boiler, warming the water for hydro excavation when temperatures drop below freezing. Another popular option — high-dump capability — allows the operator to use a wireless remote control to raise the debris tank as much as 76 in. above ground level and then shift the tank horizontally 21 in. beyond the rear bumper. Unique to the industry, this option makes it possible to dump debris into roll-off containers, avoiding the need to travel off-site for dumping. Vacall AllExcavate hydro excavators use just one engine for mobility, as well as to generate water flow up to 25 gpm and pressures up to 3,000 psi. For more information, visit www.vacall.com.

VacmastersVacmasters

Engineered and designed from the ground up, the SYSTEM 6000 uses supersonic air from a proprietary nozzle to rapidly dig in any soil type faster and more efficiently. All the components, including the 350-cfm/250-psi compressor, the 1,866-cfm positive displacement blower and the high-pressure water system, are all powered by a single, enclosed John Deere 250-hp turbo diesel engine for quiet, dependable operation. Features include a self-purging filtration system, selectable air or water digging, remote operation up to 200 ft away, fast-acting interceptor canister, fully supervised control panel, 270-degree wireless-remote hose boom, full opening rear door, enclosed power-head and low-maintenance design. The SYSTEM 6000’s ability to use air rather than water when trenching and potholing means the job gets done fast, efficiently, economically and safely. For more information, visit www.vacmasters.com.

Vactor Mfg. Vactor Mfg.

Vactor Mfg. has introduced a new Robuschi blower option for its HXX HydroExcavator. The new blower, rated for 6,176 cfm and 28-in. hg, delivers quieter operation and higher airflow. The new Vactor HXX also features a 3,000-psi, variable water, multi-flow pump with the new patent pending DigRight technology that allows the operator to select a maximum water pressure limit to prevent the pressure from exceeding site or industry requirements. The DigRight technology includes a user-selectable maximum water pressure setting that controls the water pump’s maximum water pressure output, preventing wear and tear on check valves, unloader valves and relief valves by avoiding bypassing water. The system has three default selectable pressure limitations based on industry best practices for digging around underground utilities — 1,500, 2,500 and 3,000 psi — with the option to deactivate the feature. For more information, visit www.vactor.com.

Vac-Tron EquipmentVac-Tron Equipment

Powered by a 37-hp Kohler gas engine, the new LP 533/833 SGT boasts similar performance specs as the pre-Tier 4 Final SDT model with a 1,000-cfm vacuum pump. The SGT delivers great performance with a much lower cost of the Tier 4 Final Diesel option. This machine features the new Series 33 safety rear door. The hydraulic screw rear door offers a high torque motor with a self-adjusting threaded shaft designed for low maintenance and easy operation. The SGT also features CVS filtration housing which incorporates a 28-in. diameter cyclone, four-way valve for reverse pressure and a large silencer for quiet performance. The unit’s 6-in. debris discharge valve offers operators the ability to quickly off-load liquid materials by gravity or under pressure to another container. For more information, visit www.vactron.com.

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