Vacuum Excavators (Air & Hydro): Equipment Spotlight

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,

Super Products

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,


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,

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. 800.466.7825,


HXX Hydroexcavator PD – the Vactor positive displacement (PD) vacuum excavator is the preferred vacuum excavator among contractors with its high vacuum capabilities. The high vacuum capabilities of the Vactor PD allow material to be moved from great depths and distances not achievable with centrifugal compressors. 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,


GapVax HV57 industrial vacuum loaders are custom built wet/dry vac trucks with a patented filtration system that features seven cyclones. A 17-cubic yard debris body, a vacuum pump rated at 5,300 CFM with 28-inch Hg, and a fully opening tailgate with four fail safe tailgate locks are just a few things that come standard on the GapVax HV57 vacuum truck. 888.442.7829,

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