Vermeer Corporation Announces Acquisition of Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC

MCLAUGHLIN GROUP, INC. AND VAC-TRON EQUIPMENT, LLC COME TOGETHER AS VERMEER MV SOLUTIONS.

Pella, Iowa – (Nov. 12, 2018) – Vermeer Corporation announced its purchase of Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC, and its plans to bring the Florida-based company together with McLaughlin Group, Inc. which was purchased by Vermeer in 2017. This acquisition and integration of the two companies builds on the Vermeer strategy to provide a comprehensive suite of vacuum excavation technology, equipment, training and support to the growing underground utility and soft dig markets.

Founded in 1997, Vac-Tron has grown to become a respected brand known for innovative, high-quality vacuum excavation products sold and serviced across underground utility markets. Headquartered in Okahumpka, FL, Vac-Tron offices and production facilities employ more than 100 people. For the last 13 years, Vac-Tron products have been sold almost exclusively through the Vermeer dealer network.

McLaughlin, a drill tooling and vacuum excavation company founded in 1921 and located in Greenville, South Carolina with more than 100 team members, brought nearly a century of industry knowledge into the Vermeer fold last year.

“This acquisition allows us to leverage the innovation, market expertise and production capabilities across our McLaughlin, Vac-Tron and Vermeer brands to meet increasing customer demand while giving our dealers a more efficient, single-point connection to a full product lineup. Coming together solidifies the long-term strategy and commitment to support customers and dealers in a unified way,” said Jason Andringa, Vermeer Corporation president and CEO.

Operating under the combined group Vermeer MV Solutions, the organization will continue to provide Vermeer-branded vacuum excavation equipment and technology through dedicated Vac-Tron and McLaughlin series product lines as well as McLaughlin branded utility accessories and auger boring systems.

Vermeer MV Solutions will operate under one combined leadership and sales team led by General Manager Dave Van Wyk. Leadership at both Vac-Tron and McLaughlin will come together and serve as a unified team, bringing the strengths and best practices together in the areas of innovation, design, manufacturing, sales and customer support. The Florida and South Carolina locations will continue production as they work together to meet the growing demand within the soft dig markets.

“We’ve been proud to have the Vermeer name on our equipment for the past 13 years. Now, we are proud to formally be a part of the Vermeer family. We look forward to investing with McLaughlin and Vermeer to deliver the technology and equipment our customers need as we provide the highest quality product for the customer,” said Tim Fischer, Vac-Tron president.

“When my son, Donnie, and I started Vac-Tron Equipment in our garage, we could not have imagined the crazy and wonderful ride God had in store for us. We are very excited to have Vermeer as the new owners. Knowing that they are a faith-based and family-owned company assures me that the Vac-Tron team is in good hands. We are now ready for the next big adventure,” said Don Buckner, founder of Vac-Tron Equipment.

About Vermeer

Vermeer Corporation delivers a real impact in a progressing world through the manufacture of high-quality underground construction, surface mining, tree care, environmental and agricultural equipment. With a reputation for durability and reliability, that equipment is backed by localized customer service and support provided by independent dealers around the world. To learn more about Vermeer Corporation, visit vermeer.com. To dig into the Vermeer story, visit vermeerimpact.com.

For more information, please contact:
Ryan Benbo – Sr. Marketing Director
Vermeer Corporation | O: (641) 621-8518
[email protected]

2018 Awardee of Florida Companies to Watch


Vac-Tron Equipment is honored to announce we are a 2018 Awardee of the Florida Companies to Watch Award. Vac-Tron was one of the companies selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to WatchSM, a statewide program managed by economic development group GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation.

Vac-Tron’s management team, competitive market position, and strong community involvement were among several factors that put them in contention for the award.

“These stand-out companies are all led by entrepreneurs, and have demonstrated their capacity and intent to grow,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL executive director. “They also all have critical intellectual property or a niche position that gives them a competitive edge in their markets,” he said.

“It is an honor to be a winner of the 2018 Florida Companies to Watch Award. It is a testament to the team we have at Vac-Tron Equipment and the continual commitment to excellence we share as a company,” said Tim Fischer, President of Vac-Tron Equipment.

Vac-Tron Equipment is the industry’s innovative leader and one of the world’s largest producers of industrial vacuum equipment and vacuum excavation equipment. Vac-Tron, which has more than 30 industrial vacuum products, has 115 dealer locations in North America.

 

Zimmerer Kubota Finds Value with Vac-Tron Vacuum Excavators


Zimmerer Kubota & Equipment, Inc. has been serving its customers since 1979. With five locations in Texas including Cleburne, Decatur, Denton, Fort Worth, and Gainesville, they offer sales, parts, service, and rental at each of their stores. Zimmerer Kubota is known for offering their customers top quality products, including Vac-Tron Equipment vacuum excavators.

“We love our Vac-Tron, we love our Vermeer sales team that backs the product, and we won’t go anywhere else,” said Zimmerer.

Project Challenge:

Zimmerer Kubota wanted to purchase a piece of equipment to add to their fleet that their customers could use to do the job, safer and more efficiently, than having to rent two to three other pieces of equipment for the job. “Some of the criteria that we used when we were looking to purchase a Vac-Tron, or a machine-like Vac-Tron was the dealer and the product. We had already had dealings with the Vermeer company here in Dallas/Ft. Worth, so we knew what kind of parts and service they offer, what kind of attention to detail they had, and how good they would take care of us after the sale which was extremely important to us. Secondly, once we met the Vac-Tron team, we were even more impressed with the plant, the company, and the product and we have still been impressed now that we have been running it over a year.” Says Sam Zimmerer, Co-Owner and Vice President at Zimmerer Kubota.

Solution: A Vac-Tron Vacuum Excavator is Safer and More Efficient than Traditional Excavation

“We have been actively including Vac-Tron into our rental fleet for a little over a year; we started with one unit and it seemed like that unit was never here, always out, people would call and we were out, so we added a second, and then that unit was always out, and we added a third and will probably add a fourth here soon because it rents so well. There is no down time, it does its job, and it does it right the first time evidently because they keep coming back and renting it again.” says Zimmerer. Gentry added, “Using a hydro vac after we have had it in the rental fleet for a little bit definitely opened our customer’s eyes. Once they started using it and we started demoing it and letting them see what we could do, it was a lot more efficient than having to rent two or three other pieces of equipment, they can just use the one.
Vacuum Excavator Applications:

Results:

“ROI on these units are awesome. They perform well, our customers are very happy with the product, and they keep the maintenance cost down,” said Gentry. “We love our Vac-Tron, we love our Vermeer sales team that backs the product, and we won’t go anywhere else,” said Zimmerer.

  • Increased ROI
  • Customer Loyalty
  • Safer Equipment
  • Reduced Maintenance Costs
  • High Performance equipment

Check out the full video interview with Zimmerer Kubota. For more information on Vac-Tron Equipment and its full fleet of vacuum excavators, please visit them online at www.vactron.com or call 1-352-728-2222.

Vac-Tron Vacuum Excavators Increase Bottom Line For Texas First Rentals


A strong dealer support network combined with a safe and reliable product are yielding satisfied customers and increased revenue for Texas First Rentals, sister company to Holt Cat®, one of the Largest Caterpillar Dealers in the US. At Texas First, you can rent the Cat® equipment you’ve always trusted for your toughest jobs – plus a whole lot more: equipment from Genie®, JLG®, Sullair®, Wacker®, LayMor®, Vermeer®, and other top-notch manufacturers including Vac-Tron Equipment.

Project Challenge

Finding the perfect vacuum excavator and industrial vacuum equipment to add to the rental fleet. “The most important factors in determining what fleet we bought was the relationship we have with our dealer support network and the fact that we can utilize one model and maintain a commonality of parts.” said Colin Martin, District Manager of Texas First.

Solution

Vac-Tron Equipment vacuum excavators and industrial vacs. “We started buying the Vac-Tron machine when we initially started the company back in 2015. It’s a product that appears across all our stores, we have about 15 stores across the state of Texas,” said Martin. Michael Rutledge, Outside Sales Rep added,

“The rental return on investment (ROI) is how we are opening our doors every day and closing them at the end of the day. I think this product is really making that bottom line more effective,” added Rutledge.

Results

Satisfied customers and satisfied company owners. “I hear probably weekly that our customers are very satisfied with the product. At this current location, there are three customers that currently use these Vac-Tron’s monthly, some even use them long term on a 3-6-month basis,” says Rutledge. “I would recommend these machines to others just for the ease of use, ease of maintenance, service ability concerns, and the return on investment,” says Martin. “The rental return on investment (ROI) is how we are opening our doors everyday and closing them at the end of the day. I think this product is really making that bottom line more effective,” added Rutledge.

 

New 6-way Hydraulic Boom Design



Vac-Tron Equipment is proud to announce the release of its new 6-way hydraulic boom design for its trailer vacuum excavation equipment and industrial vacuum equipment.

This hydraulic boom maximizes job performance by supporting the weight of the vacuum hose. The new design features increased boom length, full 6-way hydraulic function, 5” hose, curved end with oversized rollers, new wireless remote control, vacuum valve function operated from remote, wired harness, new remote storage location, forward stored boom in front of engine compartment, 330-degree swing, quick connect 4” tooling, easily connected additional section hose, water jet cleanout in boom, and easily accessible no tools needed cleanout port.

For more information on the boom or Vac-Tron’s equipment visit vactron.com or call 1-352-728-2222.

Vac-Tron, the industry leader in vacuum excavation equipment and industrial vacuum equipment. We got your VAC!

Just Released: CS 1270 Vacuum Excavator w/ video


Vac-Tron Equipment has released their new CS 1270 trailer vac. This new Compact Industrial Vac Series comes standard with a 1200-gallon debris tank and 580 or 1,000 cfm. It is also available with a hydraulic operated opening and locking rear door, wet/dry filtration cyclone, 30’ x 3” suction hose and tool, and 27 HP or 37 HP Kohler gas engine. Options include 24 HP Kohler diesel engine and reverse pressure.

It is ideal for drill slurry cleanup as well as other projects that call for slurry removal. With the optional reverse pressure, you can collect the slurry, transport, and offload it into another container or simply open the rear door and dump the material quickly.

For more information about the CS 1270 GT or SGT model, contact Vac-Tron Equipment at 888-822-8766 to request a free demo.

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JTV (Jetter Truck Vac) on display at the WWETT Show – Indiana Feb. 21-24, 2018

Vac-Tron has the right equipment for you! Our JTV (Jetter Truck Vac) series of PTO truck driven systems combines high CFM vacuum excavation with high pressure jetter capabilities putting this truck in a league of its own. The JTV is one of the most versatile sewer jetter machines on the market today, so don’t miss our BOOTH 6328 at the WWETT show!

The Power Take Off of the truck drives a positive displacement vacuum blower that produces 1,000 cfm @ 16 hg vacuum pump. It also comes standard with reverse pressure, 800-gallon debris tank, 300-gallon water supply, 15 gpm @ 3000 psi water pump, hydraulic rear claw door, the industry leading big red filter housing, and 500′ x 1/2″jetter hose reel.

A major benefit of the PTO Driven unit is that all components are controlled from the truck eliminating the extra weight, space, and cost of the pony motor. The available towing package is another benefit allowing you to tow other equipment to the job site to help with efficiency.

This is an exceptional vacuum excavator for many projects including sewer jetting, potholing, storm drain cleaning, lateral cleanout and many more.

For more information about the JTV 873 PTO, contact Vac-Tron Equipment at 888-822-8766

Super Truck Vac (STV) Split Shaft PTO will be introduced at 2018 UCT Conference in New Orleans

For over 20 years, Vac-Tron Equipment has developed innovative, reliable vacuum excavation equipment and is introducing the newest addition to their fleet at UCT!  You don’t want to miss it January 30th- February 1st, 2018!

Vac-Tron’s NEW Super Truck Vac (STV) Split Shaft PTO driven systems are available with 3000 cfm @ 18 Hg PD vacuum blower, and 6” hose & tooling with hydraulic boom. Standard with a high-pressure water system, full hydraulic rear door, reverse pressure, and the patented “Big Red” filter housing that cleans the air down to 0.5 microns.

Below is the registration link and free code so stop by and check out Vac-Tron’s NEW Super Truck Vac series! Booth 213
1. Registration link: http://bit.ly/2CuU12w
2. Enter code: 18UEG on the payment page

Don’t be a statistic! The cost of damaging utilities can range from environmental contamination, project delays, lost time and productivity and even more tragically, death. Vacuum excavation is used worldwide and has quickly grown into the best method for safer digging.

GatorWorld Parks cleans up with Vacuum Excavator

Vac-Tron unit being used to clean out the pond areas of GatorWorld Parks of Florida

GatorWorld recently opened to visitors in Wildwood, Florida.  It’s a drive-thru experience and petting zoo that allows people to view and interact with alligators in a unique environment.  There are ponds scattered throughout the park and the daily clean up is extensive.  Ponds are drained and refilled and when muck accumulates GatorWorld relies on a Vac-Tron vacuum excavator to get the job done efficiently.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that 22 years ago when I built this machine in my garage that i’d be using it to clean out the pens of alligators,” Don Buckner, CEO of GatorWorld said. Don happens to also be the Founder of Vac-Tron Equipment. “These alligators create a lot of manure and Vac-Tron is the perfect machine for that job.  It doesn’t matter what goes into the hose, whether it’s sand, manure, leaves or twigs – it works great.  The very first visitor of our park just by chance happened to be a Vac-Tron user out of Kansas.  He asked if we use Vac-Tron on the property and I told him we did and that it’s a cost saving measure for the time and energy it saves our employees.”

Before bringing in a Vac-Tron, GatorWorld used shovels, pressure washers, and had to run power to the ponds and it was a “nightmare”.  But now everything is so much quicker with the help of a vacuum excavator.  The vacuum excavator is self contained so once you turn the key it’s got everything you need ready to go with onboard water and a high powered vacuum.

Cleaning these alligator pens is just one of the thousands of applications that your company can do with a Vac-Tron.  View applications page to learn more.

Watch the video demonstration below to see the Vac-Tron in action at GatorWorld.

Introducing New Midwest Territory Manager, Mike Spaulding

It is our pleasure to introduce Mike Spaulding, as our new Midwest Territory Manager. Mike lives in Carmel, Indiana and comes to us from Vermeer Midwest where he was a territory manager. He brings a strong commitment of customer service and loyalty to our team. Not only does he have 12 years of industry experience; he also operated, sold, serviced, and supported Vac-Tron during that time. We are very fortunate to have him!

Welcoming New Team Members, Charna Kelley and Jacob Keller

Welcoming New Team Members, Charna Kelley and Jacob Keller

Please help us welcome Charna Kelley and Jacob Keller to our Vac-Tron team.

Charna is our Administrative Assistant. She will be working in the office, answering the phones, receiving visitors, as well as providing administrative support. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Jake is our Engineer Manager. He and his wife, Stephanie are both originally from Utah. He graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and earned his M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Nebraska. He moved from Nebraska to Florida almost 4 years ago. He also brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.

We are excited that both are a part of our Vac-Tron family!

PTO Jetter Truck Vac (JTV) will be featured at WJTA Show Oct. 26-27th, 2017

Vac-Tron Equipment will be exhibiting at the WJTA – IMCA Expo in New Orleans on October 26th and 27th in Booth 737.

The WaterJet Technology Association (WJTA) was formed in 1983 at the Second U.S. Waterjet Conference in Rolla, Missouri, when the WJTA founders saw a need for an association to serve the rapidly evolving technology of high and ultra high pressure water jetting in its many applications.

Vac-Tron will be showcasing their JTV 873 PTO. This series of PTO truck driven system combines high CFM vacuum excavation with high pressure jetter capabilities putting this truck in  a league of its own.

Vac-Tron action shot of Jetter Truck Vac.  The Vac-Tron JTV PTO Series is one of the most versatile sewer jetter machines on the market today.

The Power Take Off of the truck drives a positive displacement vacuum blower that produces 1,000 cfm @ 16 hg vacuum pump. It also comes standard with reverse pressure, 800-gallon debris tank, 300-gallon water supply, 15 gpm @ 3000 psi water pump, hydraulic rear claw door, big red filter housing, and 500′ x 1/2″ jetter hose reel.

A major benefit of the PTO Driven unit is that all components are controlled from the truck eliminating the extra weight, space, and cost of the pony motor.  The available towing package is another benefit allowing you to tow other equipment to the job site to help with efficiency.

This is an exceptional vacuum excavator for many projects including sewer jetting, potholing, storm drain cleaning, lateral clean-out and many more.  Read More about the JTV 873 PTO on the product page.

Vac-Tron Equipment manufactures a full-line of vacuum excavators and has been the industry innovator for over 20 years. To help with safer and quicker digging, municipalities in the U.S. and worldwide have added a Vac-Tron unit to the fleet.

A Recent Case Study by City Water Supervisor for Tavares, Florida: https://www.vactron.com/city-tavares-vacuum-excavator-case-study/

NYC Subway System adds Vac-Tron Vacuum Excavators to Fleet

Gov. Cuomo watching a Vac-Tron unit in action. Image Source

New York: Cleaning Subway Systems with Vac-Tron

Politico reported on an initiative the New York Governor is taking to get the subway system to run more efficiently. “Dressed in pale dress trousers and work boots, Gov. Andrew Cuomo grasped an industrial vacuum known as a Vac-Tron and sucked up a pile of litter from the subway tracks in Union Square last week.” – Read More: politico.com

Here is a clip from the Press Release The Governors office shared via governor.ny.gov

“Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the “Keep It Clean” initiative to discourage subway littering, a significant underlying cause of flooding, fires and extensive delays in the subway system. The MTA will run a public awareness campaign to inform riders of the impact on public safety due to littering. “Littering is not only illegal but dangerous and directly causes hundreds of thousands of delays, inconveniencing millions of New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. “This initiative will help stop littering-related delays at the source, improving reliability and helping the MTA deliver the subway service that New Yorkers deserve.”

As water flows through the track bed, it collects debris that clogs grated track drains, which in turn causes water to pool on the track bed, accelerating breakdown of the track plates and railroad ties. As pooling increases and the water level rises, it interacts with subway signal equipment – turning signals red and stopping trains on the track. As the water level increases further, it touches the third rail, severely impairing the electrical system. In these cases, service must be immediately suspended until the water is pumped out. Saturated third rail insulators and water-compromised positive cables can also catch fire, again requiring service suspensions until isolated and repaired.

The initiative is utilizing three types of new special heavy equipment in 10 priority corridors, covering 286 miles or 43 percent of the mainline track. One of the three is a Vac-Tron. The city currently has one now and two more on the way.”

The NYCT (New York City Transit) uses the Mini Combo Series, MC 1273.

You can view all Vac-Tron Equipment Vacuum Excavators here.

Introducing Empire CAT as new Arizona dealer

Vac-Tron Equipment is excited to introduce Empire CAT as their new Arizona dealer. Vac-Tron partnered with Empire because they share the same common core values and beliefs. “This was a perfect fit and we are honored to have Empire CAT representing our product line.” Brian Showley, VP Vac-Tron Equipment.

“We wanted to partner with a company that shared similar strategies within the markets we serve. Vac-Tron is an industry leader in vacuum excavation and their equipment lends itself to the same clientele that we serve with our excavation lines from Caterpillar. Empire CAT is always looking for ways to offer our customers safer and more efficient products and our partnership with Vac-Tron brings a new level of safety to the jobsite.”  Michael Rodoni, Rental Manager for Empire CAT

Empire Southwest, LLC is a third-generation family-owned Caterpillar dealership. Founded in 1950 by Jack Whiteman, Empire sells, rents, and services heavy equipment, tractors, and power generation equipment to contractors throughout Arizona.

Empire is: 

  • Committed to meeting the needs and supporting the success of clients throughout the mining, agriculture, and construction industries.
  • Proud of our business culture, which was built on the Corporate Values of Safety, Respect, Integrity, Teamwork, Excellence, Stewardship, and Astonishment.
  • Dedicated to the success of our clients and the communities we serve.
  • Committed to building and maintaining solid business partnerships.

For more information on Empire CAT, please visit www.empire-cat.com.

For more information on Vac-Tron Equipment or to schedule a FREE demo,  call 1-888-VAC-TRON or fill out the form below.

Celebrating 6,000th Unit And ‘Logan Lucky’ Appearance

Vac-Tron Equipment hosted a red carpet event to celebrate its 6,000th unit being built, along with its Low Profile trailer mounted industrial vacuum unit debuting in Logan Lucky, a new hit comedy. The event was held in the Villages, Fla., where Vac-Tron hosted the screening and was a chance for its employees and their families to celebrate this monumental event. Also in attendance was Vac-Tron’s customer Echo Utility Engineering and Surveying, who recently purchased the 6,000th unit, along with Vac-Tron’s dealer, Vermeer Southeast.

Channing Tatum holding on to Vac-Tron unit on set of Logan Lucky

‘Lucky’ doesn’t begin to describe the amazing product placement that Vac-Tron received on the big screen. The movie showed the true power of the Vac-Tron units as actors Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig and Adam Driver used the unit to suck money out of an underground vault and into the vacuum unit for the big heist.

The Vac-Tron unit made its star appearance within a few minutes of the movie starting. It was a surreal experience to see the Vac-Tron unit live and in action with the loud cheers from the crowd. The movie showcased the unit at least 10 times with extended periods during each shot and the crowd’s enthusiasm increased every time. This was a humbling experience for the employees of Vac-Tron to see a unit that they built in the little city of Okahumpka, Fla., make it to the big screen. Vac-Tron units have been built in Central Florida for over 20 years and shipped all around the world.

A reporter with The Daily Sun interviewed Vac-Tron’s founder Don Buckner and president Tim Fischer. “We never thought that we’d make it on the big screen and we are excited for all of our employees. We have a great team and to be able to celebrate this event and our 6,000th unit is a true honor”, said Fischer.
“I started Vac-Tron in my two-car garage more than 20 years ago. We started with nothing and built it to the organization it is today,” said Buckner. “It’s just surreal to me to imagine that we had this kind of success with our equipment.”

It’s no wonder the director decided to use a Vac-Tron unit when looking for a versatile way to safely dig and suck material up quickly for a project, even if it was just for a movie. While Vac-Tron does not list “robbing a NASCAR race,” as an application for its product, there are many highly efficient applications for a Vac-Tron unit, i.e. locating utilities, potholing, directional drilling, controlled excavation, industrial cleanup and many more.

Published on: utilitycontractoronline.com

See the newest innovations at ICUEE this year, booth K-233 in Louisville, KY on October 3rd-5th, 2017
Read More: https://www.vactron.com/icuee-2017/

Welcoming New West Coast Territory Manager, King Norris

We are pleased to welcome King Norris to our Vac-Tron family, as our new West Coast Territory Manager. King brings a strong commitment of customer service and loyalty to our team and we are very fortunate to have him.

For the last 30 years, King has been in the construction field. He started building computer clean rooms, then went into the telecommunications business building cellular phone towers. For the last 20 years he has been in the underground utilities construction arena, installing dry utilities for Time Warner Cable, AT&T U-VERSE and more. He is looking forward to this next chapter with Vac-Tron Equipment!

 

See you at the International Construction & Utility Equipment Expo (ICUEE) 2017

Are you headed to ICUEE in Louisville, KY on October 3rd-5th, 2017?  ICUEE is the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), also known as The Demo Expo. It’s the premier event for utility professionals and construction contractors to gain comprehensive insight into the latest technologies, innovations, and trends affecting their industry. We will be there and you don’t want to miss our booth K-233. Click here to add Vac-Tron to your show! 

You will meet our STAR, the LP 573 SDT featured in Logan Lucky alongside A-Listers: Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Katie Holmes & Adam Driver. You will also see the latest innovation in our full fleet of trailer and truck mounted hydro and air vacuum excavators.

Vac-Tron unit on set
A Vac-Tron wrapped JTV PTO vac truck towing a Vac-Tron Mini Combo trailer mounted jetter vac.

Call Kevin Showley today at 352-728-2222 to get 35% off on your registration fee for ICUEE.

Vac-Tron Equipment is the industry’s innovative leader and one of the world’s largest producers of industrial vacuum equipment and vacuum excavation equipment. Vac-Tron Equipment, which has more than 30 industrial vacuum products and more than 50 wet and dry uses, has 115 dealer locations in North America.

Vac-Tron manufacturers a full line of industrial vacuums, potholing, daylighting, hydro-excavation, and air excavation equipment. Vac-Tron’s equipment can also be used for directional drill slurry removal, power pole setting, manhole clean-out, culvert clean-out, lateral and storm drain clean-out, industrial clean-up, waste clean-up, lift-station clean-up, oil spill clean-up, as well as other natural disaster clean-up applications.

click here to watch Vac-Tron in action.

6,000th Unit Delivered & VAC-TRON Goes to Hollywood!

It has been over 20 years since the first VAC-TRON unit was built by Don Buckner, founder of Vac-Tron Equipment. Today, our units are all around the world helping people dig safer through the use of vacuum excavation.

In August, the 6,000th unit rolled off the assembly line and into Tampa, FL for projects by Echo Utility Engineering and Surveying.  VAC-TRON has invited Echo Utility Engineering and Surveying to celebrate this accomplishment in style at a Red Carpet Event along with James Bond, Magic Mike, and Kylo Ren! Okay, okay — Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, and Adam Driver won’t really be there. But they’re all featured with a VAC-TRON unit in the upcoming hit movie, Logan Lucky!

VAC-TRON is hosting an exciting event for their team and family members at the Old Mill Playhouse Theater to watch the premiere together. It will be an amazing night to be able to thank everyone for the hard work put into these units.

Check out the upcoming movie trailer! Can you spot the VAC-TRON?

Water Expo in Miami August 30 – 31

Do you need a Free Pass to the Water Expo?  Call 352-728-2222 and ask for Kevin. Stop by while you’re there to see the VAC-TRON trailer unit, Mini Combo 873 hydro excavator w/ sewer jetter and the JTV 873 Power Take Off Vac-Truck in Booth 611.

Vac-Tron Equipment is a proud Platinum Sponsor at the Water Expo on August 30th and 31st, 2017 at the Miami Airport Convention Center! The biggest event in the Southeast for the Environmental Services Industry.  Join us as we present Equipment, Technologies, Products & Know-How for the Wastewater, Water Quality, Environmental Services and Sanitation industries.

Vac-Tron will be showcasing the JTV (Jetter Truck Vac) PTO series in Booth # 611. The JTV 873 PTO is a new series of PTO truck driven systems that combine high CFM vacuum excavation with high pressure jetter capabilities putting this truck in a league of its own. This series is one of the most versatile sewer jetter machines on the market today.

The JTV 873 PTO is a series of PTO truck driven systems that combine high CFM vacuum excavation with high pressure jetter capabilities putting this truck in a league of its own. The Vac-Tron JTV PTO Series is one of the most versatile sewer jetter machines on the market today. Learn More: https://www.vactron.com/vacuum-excavators/htv-hydro-excavation-truck/

Vac-Tron will also be showcasing the MC Series during the Live Outdoor Demo program that will be held on the 31st. The Vac-Tron MC Series is one of the most versatile sewer jetter machines on the market today. Combining high CFM vacuum with jetter capabilities at a low cost puts the Vac-Tron Mini-Combo Hydro Excavation & Sewer Jetting System in a class of its own.

Featured vacuum excavator at The Water Expo. The Vac-Tron Mini-Combo Series combines a compact vacuum system with an affordable jetter designed to clean laterals up to 12 inches in diameter.
The Vac-Tron Mini-Combo Series combines a compact vacuum system with an affordable jetter designed to clean laterals up to 12 inches in diameter.  In addition to the JTV Series, this MC vacuum excavator will also be featured at The Water Expo.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the Vac-Tron Mini Combo 873 hydro excavation with sewer jetter trailer unit DEMO and the JTV 873 PTO truck in Booth 611.

Where you connect with Latin American & Caribbean Huge Markets and Major Infrastructure Projects in the USA at the same time.  The effective commercial hub between North American Manufacturers & Distributors with Buyers, Professionals, Dealers, Operators, Contractors and Potential Reps. from 40+ countries, including the USA.  In Miami, The Americas Business Capital! See you in tropical South Florida soon.  There will be a live outdoor demo that VAC-TRON will be joining others showing off powerful equipment.  You can schedule a personal demo for your team below.

For more information on Vac-Tron visit www.vactron.com or call 352-728-2222.

For more information on the Water Expo please visit www.TheWaterExpo.com

City of Tavares, FL Water Utility Supervisor, has greatly increased team productivity, “Using a VAC-TRON only took 30 minutes to clean the same 6 boxes that used to take all day.” Read More: vactron.com/city-tavares-vacuum-excavator-case-study/

Vac Excavators Featured in the Carolina’s Vermeer Locations

Companies and municipalities utilizing a vacuum excavator for safer digging have a more efficient way to handle projects. Using hydro vacuum excavation is less invasive in nature when compared to other traditional methods of excavating, higher precision, leading to less disposal of materials and accordingly less restoration, and uses less manpower when compared to conventional digging. Dirt is stored in the debris tank keeping the area clean which leads to minimal disruption in traffic and less damage to power lines.

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To learn more about the units below, visit or call one of the Vermeer Mid Atlantic locations located in North & South Carolina.

  • Colfax, NC
  • Garner, NC
  • Simpsonville, SC
  • Summerville, SC

Vac-Tron Equipment’s full fleet of Truck Mounted PTO Series Vacuum Excavators

 

The Hydro Truck Vac (HTV) PTO driven systems are available with 300 to 1200–gallon size debris tanks, 1,000 cfm blower, and 4” hose & tooling.

The Jetter Truck Vac (JTV) PTO combines vacuum excavation with high pressure jetter capabilities. 1,000 cfm @ 16 hg vacuum blower, 800 to 1200-gallon debris tanks, 15 gpm @ 3000 psi jetter pump, and 500′ x 1/2″ jetter hose.

These units are standard with a high-pressure water system, full hydraulic rear door, reverse pressure, and the patented “Big Red” filter housing that cleans the air down to 0.5 microns.

Micro Trenching is one of the installation methods being utilized by contractors to bring fiber networks to consumers


Micro Trenching is an installation method in which a narrow and relatively shallow trench is cut, usually on an asphalt roadway. Trench dimensions can range from .75 to 2.24 inches wide and 8 to 16 inches deep. While cutting, a vacuum system connected to the cutter wheel cleanly diverts and transports debris away from the worksite. Once the conduit is laid, the trench is backfilled with a grout compound.

Advantages of Micro Trenching include minimal cutting width that boosts installation production, reduce costs of backfill, shallow depth placement which helps avoid encounters with existing utilities and jobsite cleanliness thanks to the vacuum spoil that removes debris.

Vac-Tron Equipment has gone one step further in the cleanup process by developing a solution to micro trenching using a specialized in-tank filter (patent pending) inside the vacuum excavation unit’s debris tank. In most cases, the in-tank filter eliminates the need to add water to the micro trenching process and eliminates excessive material from reaching the cyclone separator. By using this filter, it will reduce the cleanup time during the trench run because there will be no need to stop and cleanout the cyclone or unclog the exit hose from debris tank due to caked material. Ultimately this will increase overall efficiency onsite.

David Donohue of Vermeer Mid Atlantic says “The Vac-Tron LP 573 SGT is the ideal vacuum for micro trenching, the high cfm’s and low noise output made communication and productivity simple.” David and Pfeiffer Enterprise Inc were demonstrating Vermeer’s micro trenching equipment and Vac-Tron’s LP SGT high cfm unit in Glen Bernie, MD in the photo above.