Vacuum Excavators (Air & Hydro): Equipment Spotlight

July 2013, Vol. 68, No. 7
The 49-hp Ditch Witch FX50 vacuum excavator

Air and hydro vacuum excavators from Ditch Witch, Super Products, McLaughlin, Vacmasters, Vactor, Vac-Tron Equipment, AmeriVac Group and GapVax.

Ditch Witch
The 49-hp Ditch Witch FX50 vacuum excavator can be customized to a customer’s specifications, with choices of tank sizes, trailer configurations, and options such as hydraulic booms, water heaters and hydraulic valve exercisers. The FX50 comes with a choice of four spoils tank sizes (from 300- to 1,200-gallon capacity) and four water tank sizes (80- to 500-gallon) to meet the requirements of virtually any size cleanout job. An optional reverse flow feature enables the operator to offload fluid spoils from the vacuum tanks quickly and easily. The hydraulic tank door opens fully to maximize the efficiency of spoils removal. For added safety and convenience, the tank door also locks hydraulically. 800.654.6481, ditchwitch.com

Super Products
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Super Products’ 12-yard hydro excavator – The Mud Dog 1200 – features a rear-mounted boom that offers exceptional reach, rotation and upward/downward pivot as well as tilt-ejection unloading to ensure thorough debris removal and that liquids in the collector body are cleared quickly and efficiently even when unloading in an up-slope/nose down position. 262.796.5939, muddogeasy.com

McLaughlin
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McLaughlin vacuums combine high-pressure water and compressed air in one unit to meet the needs of varying soil conditions and contractor applications. A power pack added to the McLaughlin 500-, 800- and 1200-gallon units make the air/water combination possible. Powered by a 99 hp turbocharged Kubota diesel engine, the 185 cfm rotary compressor and a 3,000 psi water system provide productive, efficient and safe soil removal. Water pressure is reduced to 1,500 psi using either a four-jet reduction tool or a “wobble” nozzle digging tool. An industry-exclusive three-stage filtration system features a washable micro-poly filter and eliminates bag houses. Contractors can order the power pack with a combination of hydraulic booms, sewer jetters and other options through the worldwide Vermeer dealer network. 888.837.6337, vermeer.com