Vacuum Excavators (Air & Hydro): Equipment Spotlight

July 2012, Vol. 67, No. 7
McLaughlin's new Mega Vac line of truck-mounted vacuum excavation systems.

Ditch Witch
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Equipped with a 500-gallon spoils tank, the FX25 is a low-cost vacuum system that can perform a wide range of cleanup and soft excavation tasks. The FX25 can be configured with an 80- or 200-gallon water system with 3,000-psi water pressure. Powered by a 31-hp Briggs & Stratton Vanguard gas engine, the FX25’s large-capacity, single-element, 3-micron, washable vacuum filter is easy to maintain, extending the life of the blower when properly serviced. All of the FX25’s functions are run by a single, open-access power pack. The trailer-mounted FX25 features a full-opening rear door with single-point latch that provides easy spoils removal, and a hydraulically controlled, dual-cylinder tank dumping system designed to provide stability when dumping. 800.654.6481,

The Vactor 2103 is midsized for low operating costs and greater maneuverability and is ideal for large municipalities that want a unit for a fast response or emergency back-up vehicle. Small communities use it as a low-cost alternative for regular maintenance and storm water line problems. Contractors and utilities choose it for its great versatility. The 2103 features Vactor's fully hydraulic boom and pick-up hose, easy load, fast dump debris body, a powerful positive displacement vacuum, a multi-stage blower filtration system, the exclusive jet-rodder water pump, a front mounted hose reel, aluminum water tanks and several versatile options. 800.627.3171,

Vac-Tron Equipment

Key features of Vac-Tron’s ATV Series Chassis-Mounted Air Excavation System are: a 2,400 cfm vacuum pump; a 300 cfm at 225 psi air compressor; a 2,000 psi at 15 gpm water pump; and a 160 hp JCB diesel engine. An 1,800 gallon debris tank; hydraulic tilt; hydraulically opened rear door with push-button controls; 6-inch brass rear discharge valve with dust cap; large 8-inch stainless steel portal shutoff (stops vacuum when debris tank is full); and a 425 gallon water capacity also are included. A 6-way, 6-inch fully hydraulic boom and an additional 4-inch 30 foot suction hose make this an ideal choice. 888.822.8766,

BJM pump

BJM pump
BJM Pump

The J-Series electric submersible pumps offer top performance and high quality for a very modest investment. The pumps are designed for long life and trouble free performance. The J-Series electric submersible pumps offer top performance and high quality for a very modest investment.