Contractors working in an increasingly crowded underground space know the value of calling 811 before they dig to locate utilities. Once located, the contractor can choose to hand dig around the underground lines, but a more efficient method – the vacuum excavator – is available. In addition to the pre-drill locates, contractors in the HDD world also use these large-scale suction machines to remove and transport drilling spoils.


The vacuum excavator, most commonly of the hydro excavation variety, is a truck-based machine akin to sewer cleaners commonly owned by municipalities; however, those in the industry are quick to point out that the trucks are completely different animals.


 


The search for a vacuum excavator begins the same as any piece of equipment: know the job you’re planning to complete. By identifying the typical type of work your crew will perform, the equipment decision process will run a lot more smoothly.


To help make that decision easier, Trenchless Technology reached out to the manufacturers to submit some of their latest offerings. All the information you see on these pages comes directly from the vacuum excavation manufacturers. No direct comparisons between equipment or manufacturers are implied.


Mike Kezdi is an associate editor of Trenchless Technology.


 


Ditch Witch


1959 W. Fir Ave. | Perry, OK 73077-5803 | PH: 800-654-6481 | FAX: 580-336-3458 | WEB: ditchwitch.com


ditchwitch


ditchwitch vacuum excavator specs


McLaughlin


2006 Perimeter Rd. | Greenville, S.C. 29605 | PH: 864-277-5870 or 800-435-9340 | FAX: 564-235-9661

WEB: mclaughlinunderground.com | EMAIL: [email protected]


mclaughlin vacuum excavator


mclaughlin vacuum excavator specs


Ox Equipment


11-B 680 Tradewind Drive | Ancaster, ON, Canada | L9G 4V5  | PH: 888-290-4044

WEB: ox-equipment.com | EMAIL: [email protected]


ox equipment vacuum excavator


ox equipment vacuum excavator specs


RAMVAC


1590 Dutch Road | Dixon, IL 61021 | PH: 888-477-7638 | WEB: ram-vac.com | EMAIL: [email protected]


ramvac


ramvac vacuum excavator specs


 


RING-O-MATIC


1714 Fifield Rd. | Pella, Iowa 50219 | PH: 800-544-2518 or 641-628-1515 | WEB: ring-o-matic.com


ring-o-matic


ring-o-matic vacuum excavator specs


RIVAL HYDROVAC


66 Highway 317 | Major, SK, Canada | S0L 2H0 | PH: 844-GO-RIVAL (467-4825) | WEB: rivalhydrovac.com EMAIL: [email protected]


rival hydrovac


rival hydrovac vacuum excavator specs


 


SUPER PRODUCTS


17000 W. Cleveland Ave | New Berlin, WI 53151 | PH: 800-837-9711 | WEB: superproductsllc.com

EMAIL: [email protected]


super products


super products vacuum excavator specs


SUPERVAC


1170 Chemin Industriel | Lévis QC, Canada | G7A 1B3 | PH: 866-839-5702 or 418-839-5702

FAX: 418-839-1816 | WEB: supervac.com


supervac


supervac vacuum excavator specs


 


VACALL


406 Mill Ave. SW | New Philadelphia, OH 44663| PH: 800-382-8302 or 330-339-2211 | FAX: 330-339-8468

WEB: vacallindustries.com


vacall


vacall vacuum excator specs


VAC-CON


969 Hall Park Rd. | Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 | PH: 888-920-2945 or 904-493-4969 | FAX: 904-284-3305

WEB: vac-con.com | EMAIL: [email protected]


vac-con


vac-con vacuum excator specs


 


VACMASTERS


5879 W. 58th Ave. | Arvada, CO 80002 | PH: 800-466-7825 or 303-467-3801 | FAX: 303-420-3971

WEB: Vacmasters.com


vac-masters


vac-masters vacuum excator specs


VACTOR MFG.


1621 S. Illinois St.. | Streator, IL 61634 | PH: 815-672-3171 | WEB: vactor.com | EMAIL: [email protected]


vactor


vactor vacuum excator specs


 


VAC-TRON


27137 South Hwy 33 | Okahumpka, FL 34762 | PH: 888-VAC-TRON (822-8766) | FAX: 352-728-2827

WEB: vactron.com | EMAIL: [email protected]


vac-tron


vac-tron vacuum excator specs


WESTECH


PH: 780-955-3030 | WEB: westechvac.com | EMAIL: [email protected]


westech


westech vacuum excavator specs