A focus on safe digging, coupled with an increased need for more underground facilities, has led to a sharp increase in the number of vacuum excavation machines on the road across North America. Today, vacuum excavation units are seen on construction jobsites on a daily basis.
What was once an oilfield-centric industry, vacuum excavation has quickly blossomed into all sectors of construction, from HDD slurry clean-up, to utility locating, potholing, slot trenching and more. On the following pages you will find some of the latest offerings, from some of the top manufacturers, in this ever-growing industry.
The enhanced lineup of Ditch Witch vacuum excavators boosts operator productivity and versatility on municipality and underground construction jobs. The models feature innovative and patent-pending designs that meet the diverse and evolving customer needs on a wide range of applications – from compact, urban projects to large-scale excavation, potholing, slot trenching and microtrenching projects. The new line includes three models – the HX30, HX50 and HX75 – each with outstanding suction and water pressure. The machines feature a cyclonic three-stage filtration system, offering the industry’s best filtration and maximum protection of key components. The low-profile design allows for easy navigation on any jobsite, without compromising ground clearance. Tank options include a choice of a 500- or 800-gal debris tank to meet the requirements of any sized cleanup. And each model is available in a light or heavy package with various freshwater tank sizes and trailer weights depending on jobsite needs.
The Vermeer MEGA VAC VXT PTO truck series by McLaughlin is a highly productive vacuum excavator ideal for utility and distribution contractors. The new 6-in., PTO-driven series comes in three standard spoil capacities ranging from 1,200 to 2,000 gallons. The VXT series is powered by the industry-proven OMSI Gearbox and a ROOTS 3,200 CFM blower. A CAN Remote Control system allows for two-way communication between the remote control and the vacuum excavator, helping contractors increase jobsite productivity. The Vermeer MEGA VAC VTX series by McLaughlin is available through Vermeer global dealer network.
Ox Equipment Inc. is the exclusive North American distributor for industry leading MTS GmbH Dry Suction Vacuum Excavators. Currently, the industry standard for safe excavation technologies throughout Europe and the United Kingdom, dry suction excavation powerfully excavates without the use of water, and thus eliminates issues related to slurry disposal, as well as overweight loads. The Dino Suction Excavator utilizes a proprietary twin fan system which generates over 24,000 CFM of suction power. The large 10-in. diameter suction hose, which is precisely manipulated via a fully mechanical Power Arm, deploys off the rear of the unit for increased versatility. Functional side-tipping allows for fast, efficient and easy dumping from the 10.5 cubic yard spoils container, either directly on-site or into roll-off bills, allowing the unit to stay onsite all day effectively doubling productivity.
With large capacity and great features, one of the most popular of the RAMVAC family, the HX-12, brings all of the great RAMVAC advantages to you in a conventionally sized vacuum excavator. The HX-12 features a 12-yard debris tank for when you can’t leave a big job to unload material. The RAMVAC HX-12 features the industry’s only temperature controlled environmental chamber containing the truck’s water system and a directional discharge system, so you can off load your debris back into the excavation site when you are done – without the mess of dumping your tank. Other great features you will find includes a long range wireless remote, NEMA 4 electrical system, a 400,000 BTU water heater, and a 3-stage cyclonic filtration system. The standard 4,400 CFM blower will match the performance of larger blower machines while delivering class leading fuel economy.