Vacuum Excavators (Air & Hydro): Equipment Spotlight

Vacuum excavation equipment from Vacmasters, McLaughlin, Vac-Tron Equipment,Super Products, AmeriVac Group, GapVax, Ditch Witch, Vactor and Pacific Tek.

The new Vacmasters SYSTEM 6000 Air-Vacuum Excavation System is the first air system with the ability to trench and pothole. Engineered and designed from the ground up, the SYSTEM 6000 uses 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. The SYSTEM 6000’s ability to use air rather than water when trenching and potholing means the job gets done faster (just 3-5 minutes in most soils), more efficiently (spoils stay dry for backfilling), more economically (mud hauling and disposal costs are eliminated) and much more safely (air won’t damage utilities and is non-conductive). 303.467.3801,


The Xtreme line of combination air/water vacuum excavators from McLaughlin offer a class leading 1,200 cfm positive displacement blower that provides unsurpassed power in difficult ground conditions. A 99-hp diesel engine produces up to 15 inches of mercury and 3,000 psi of water pressure. Customers can custom build a unit to meet their needs including a choice among 500-, 800- or 1200-gallon spoil tanks and the unit can be set up in either a trailer or skid-mounted configuration. The Xtreme line also features the industry-exclusive, three-stage filtration system that allows for both wet and dry vacuum excavation and customers can customize the unit with the addition of a hot box, arrow board, hydraulic boom and sewer jetter system. 888.837.6337,

Vac-Tron Equipment

New remote debris trap pivots from the rear of Vac-Tron Air Series machines. Dry debris is collected during the potholing process, keeping it separate from the main debris tank. After dry potholing, position the remote pivot arm over hole to return dry material without moving the machine. Main debris tank can be used to collect drill slurry or wet materials without contaminating the dry spoils. Gravity feeds materials from a remote trap into drums for storage and/or transportation. A pivot arm also supports remote suction hose for ease of use. 888-VAC-TRON,

Super Products

The new Mud Dog 1600 meets the demanding hydro excavation challenges inherent in oil field, mining and cold weather applications. The unit features a 16 cubic yard debris body, standard 1,500-gallon water capacity and rear-mounted boom that in addition to offering 335 degree rotation can pivot down 25 degrees for eight feet of extra digging and access to hard-to-reach areas. The Mud Dog 1600 offers water pressures up to 18 gpm at 3,000 psi in combination with its eight-inch positive displacement vacuum system, providing airflow of 5,800 cfm/28 Hg to ensure thorough clean up of debris. An onboard boiler with 714,000 Btu/Hr capacity heats up the high-pressure water to break up frozen, stubborn material and flush out tight spaces efficiently. Winter recirculation, anti-freeze and air purge systems ensure the unit performs optimally in even the harshest of climates. Its heated aluminum cabinet offers easy access and increased storage capacity. Coupled with Super Products’ ejector plate technology, the unit’s ability to tilt its debris body two feet enables fast, thorough unloading and wash downs. Additionally, the truck-mounted hydro vac relies on a single engine design that can result in lower fuel costs and maintenance requirements, and a simple, easy-to-learn control panel setup. 800.837.9711,

AmeriVac Group

The mid-size MV 700 hydrovac truck is a dedicated single axle unit, boasting a large legal payload that uses 30-50 percent less fuel when hydrovacing. Features include Polar Package (a heated enclosed walk through cabinet which houses the water tank and water pump, boiler, PD blower, hydraulic tank, hose reel, and storage for digging wands, gear, etc); Debris transfer system for fast disposal into roll off bins, containers, dump truck etc.; and a wireless radio remote and truck mounted controls. The MV 700 is mounted on a 7,400 International Chassis with an automatic transmission. Included are automatic traction controls, 300-hp engine, premium cab interior package, dual air ride seats, heated mirrors and exhaust brake. 800.920.6161,

The HV57 High Dump Industrial Vacuum Loader can off load into a standard 60-inch roll off container and keep you on the job longer. This model is equipped with Gapvax’s patented filtration system and forged in steel. When the hi‐dump is in use and there is a full debris body, the HV57 offers the safest possible positioning from the design. 814.535.6766,

Ditch Witch

The FX30 is equipped with a curbside operator’s station that allows single-operator control and more than enough water pressure and suction to perform a myriad of cleanup and soft excavation tasks. Options include a choice of 500- or 800-gallon vacuum tanks and 80-, 200-, or 300-gallon water tanks to meet the requirements of virtually any size cleanup job. With the aid of its 32.8-hp Kubota diesel engine, the FX30 vacuum excavator provides more than enough suction power and water pressure. At 73 dBA, the FX30 is quiet for minimal disturbance in noise-sensitive areas and greater operator comfort. A full-opening rear door with single-point latch provides easy spoils removal. The water pressure can be adjusted from a curbside operator’s station that allows one-person control of all unit functions. System may be ordered from the factory either trailer-mounted or stand-alone, so you can mount it on your own trailer or flatbed truck. and autoclutching feature disengages the water pump when water is not in use, allowing full system power to the blower. 800.654.6481,


The Vactor 2100 Plus features increased vacuum performance and improvements to operator comfort and control, air routing and filtration efficiency and fuel efficiency. Smart Truck concept features have also been integrated on the sewer cleaner, including internal monitoring systems that enable the operator to monitor and troubleshoot flow and pressure, blower temperature and oil level, drive system idle and open vacuum relief. Ergonomic controls make it easier to operate and maintain, and provide an all-around command of the work area. Everything the operator needs to clean sewers is centrally located at the front of the sewer cleaner for maximum productivity and efficiency. The model also features more wireless functions as standard, such as e-stop, hose reel pay-in and -out and reel speed control. 800.627.3171,

Pacific Tek
The PV-1200DHO “Power-Vac” is skid mounted and can be custom-mounted on an 18,000-pound GVW triple axel trailer. The unit has a high output, 37 hp / 825 cfm drive system. Excellent for boring fluid recovery, the PV-1200 holds 6 cubic yards of solid or liquid material. Standard features include: two-part hi-buildup epoxy finish on tank and skid; centri-clean air flow and filtration system for maximum use between service to filter, and easy access; quiet drive system with remote acoustical/baffled silencer; a skid-built unit assembly to allow remounting as one-piece unit; and a custom trailer with “V” tail cutout for cleaner dumping. 800.884.5551,

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