First Look: McLaughlin Introduces V500 Low Profile Unit

When it comes to vacuum excavators, McLaughlin is always thinking ahead, and the introduction of its new low profile vacuum excavator is no exception.

“Our customers told us they are dealing with more confined space projects and needed a vacuum excavator with a compact footprint, but they didn’t want to give up any power,” say Mike Moore, vice president of sales for McLaughlin. “We deigned a unit that is more compact, yet offers the same features as our standard units.”

The new V500 low profile unit measures less than 84 inches in height allowing the unit to access areas previously limited by height restrictions. The lower height of the unit also provides a lower center of gravity for increased stability on the jobsite and during transport.

“We were also able to shorten the trailer length, providing customers more flexibility in maneuvering the unit into tight work spaces,” says Moore. “All together, the package has a gross vehicle weight of less than 10,000 pounds.


While the new V500 low profile unit is more compact, it doesn’t lack for features.

The unit features a 575 cfm blower with a 3 inch diameter hose for efficient spoil removal. The 4 gallons per minute water pump delivers 3,000 psi of water flow to slice through the most difficult soil conditions. Two standard 50 gallon saddle tanks provide 100 gallons of water, or customers can opt for two 125 gallon saddle tanks. The V500 low profile unit features the McLaughlin quiet pack power system for reduced engine noise levels.

McLaughlin also uses an industry exclusive three stage filtration system that allows for both wet and dry vacuum excavation. First, material enters the tank at 130 mph and the large soil particles lose velocity and fall out of the filtration system. Next, the air moves to a pre filter cyclone where the remaining small particles drop into a collection tank. Finally, the pre filtered air enters a washable micron poly filter that traps the remaining fine particles.

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