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Vacuum Excavators (Air & Hydro): Equipment Spotlight
Vacuum excavators from McLaughlin, Vacmasters, Super Products, Ditch Witch, Vactor, Vac-Tron Equipment and AmeriVac Group.
The new Mega Vac line of truck-mounted vacuum excavation systems have tank capacities ranging from 1,600 to 3,000 gallons. Mega Vacs feature two power plant options — a 67 hp Kubota diesel engine with a 1,025 cfm blower or a 99 hp Kubota engine with 1,200 cfm. Both power plant options produce 15 inches of mercury. A deep vacuum power plant option is also available featuring the 99 hp engine with 1,200 cfm and 24 inches of mercury. McLaughlin uses a three-stage filtration system that allows for both wet and dry vacuum excavation. Mega Vacs have a single skid design for ease of installation on truck bodies, standard hydraulic lift cylinders for efficient tank dumping, the McLaughlin-patented Cam-Over Full-Open Hydraulic Rear Door, curbside operator controls, as well as McLaughlin’s patented In Tank Wash System. Plus the Mega Vac line is available with all standard options. The McLaughlin vacuum excavator line is available through the Vermeer dealer network. 888.837.6337, vermeer.com
The Vacmasters SYSTEM 6000 Air-Vacuum Excavation System has the ability to trench and pothole using supersonic air from a proprietary nozzle to rapidly and efficiently dig in every soil type. 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 feet 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. 303.467.3801, vacmasters.com
Super Products’ 12-yard debris capacity hydro excavator – the Mud Dog 1200 – features an eight-foot rear-mounted boom capable of reaching 19 to 27 feet, rotating 335 degrees and pivoting downward 25 degrees to achieve greater work area access and deeper digging depth without the need to halt operation to reposition the unit. And for fast, thorough and safe debris tank unloading and cleanout, the Mud Dog 1200 uses Super Products’ unique ejector plate technology coupled with its ability to raise and tilt the collector body. 262.796.5939, muddogeasy.com