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, ditchwitch.com

Vactor
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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, vactor.com

Vac-Tron Equipment

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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, vactron.com