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,

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,

Super Products

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,

Ditch Witch

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,

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,

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