Vactor HXX paradigm

The Paradigm’s modular design allows Vactor to tailor the vacuum excavator to meet specific customer needs – with or without air, and with or without water.



Vactor Mfg. is expanding the options available for the Vactor HXX Paradigm vacuum excavator with an air-only configuration and Mattracks 400 series rubber tracks.

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“During our initial demonstration tour for the Vactor Paradigm truck, we received great interest from our customers for an air-only configuration,” said Ben Schmitt, product manager, Vactor Mfg. “Many of our contractor and utility customers are looking at air excavation as a method to solve their spoil disposal issues. Air excavation keeps the material dry and available for backfill – which is very handy for subsurface utility engineering companies involved in mapping utility infrastructure.”

The Paradigm’s modular design allows Vactor to tailor the vacuum excavator to meet specific customer needs – with or without air, and with or without water. The air-only configuration of the Paradigm is equipped with the choice of air compressor rated at 185 cfm at 150 psi or 300 cfm at 250 psi.

The Paradigm can also be configured with several different water system configurations, including a wash-down system rated for 4 gpm at 2,500 psi equipped with a 100-gallon water tank, or a hydroexcavation system rated for 8 gpm at 2,500 psi equipped with a 300-gallon water tank.

“Our customers ask, and Vactor delivers,” Schmitt said. “The various configurations and options available across our entire line of vacuum excavation equipment are examples of Vactor’s ongoing commitment to deliver innovative, customer-inspired solutions.”

Vactor also recently introduced an extreme terrain configuration of the Paradigm truck that features a Mattracks 400 series rubber track conversion system for pipeline, utility and construction applications.

“We are pleased to offer a Vactor Paradigm track configuration for our customers working in rugged, remote environments.” said Schmitt. “The ability to quickly switch from tires to tracks, and to move from the road to harsh conditions and terrain, makes the multi-purpose Paradigm truck even more versatile. This is yet another example of Vactor’s ongoing commitment to deliver innovative solutions that meet the ever-changing needs of our customers.”

Vactor Paradigm tracks

The ability to quickly switch from tires to tracks, and to move from the road to harsh conditions and terrain, makes the multi-purpose Paradigm truck even more versatile for pipeline, utility and construction applications


Mattracks 400 Series Track System


Located in Karlstad, Minn., Mattracks, Inc., is the leading manufacturer of rubber track conversions for commercial and industrial specialty vehicles working in a wide range of terrain and climate conditions.

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The hub-mounted design of the Mattracks 400 Series track system facilitates a fast conversion – approximately 45 minutes in a shop – from tires to tracks. Featuring a patented rubber torsion anti-torque system and a 20-in. wide front track and a 30-in. wide rear track, this system includes steering assist and a rocker suspension.

“The track configuration of the Vactor Paradigm vacuum excavator is ideal for pipeline applications where significant ground pressure may cause damage to buried infrastructure,” Schmitt said. “Previously, pipeline contractors operating vacuum trucks were required to lay down wood matting on the job site to prevent the trucks from applying too much ground pressure, a process that can be extremely time consuming and expensive.”

Schmitt added that the Paradigm track configuration’s powerful vacuum and 6-in. vacuum hose provide a significant advantage to contractors performing locates every thirty feet on a pipeline in remote conditions.

For more information on the Vactor HXX Paradigm vacuum excavator, or to schedule a product demonstration, visit vactor.com or see a local Vactor dealer.

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