The Vac-Tron Low Profile XDT unit is powered by a 24 HP Kohler diesel engine and comes standard with 500 to 1200-gallon debris tank, 100 to 400-gallon water tanks capacities with 3500 psi @ 4 gpm, hydraulic rear door, the patented (Big Red) CVS filtration system that is unmatched by our competitors, a reverse pressure system and a heavy-duty I-beam trailer with Dexter torsion axles.
Hand built in the USA from the ground up including the durable trailer assembly, the low-profile trailer keeps the components of the unit easily accessible while making the unit safe to tow and a much smoother ride.
This unit also offers the NEW 6-way hydraulic boom design or optional strong arm to maximize job performance by supporting the weight of the vacuum hose.
Vac-Tron Equipment, the industry innovation leader in industrial vacuum and vacuum excavation equipment.
Don Buckner, Founder, shares details of the early days of Vac-Tron, including the very first unit he welded together in his garage. He talks about the struggles that building a company goes through. Don also shares the feeling you get when you see something you created being used over 20 years later worldwide.
Today, Vac-Tron is expanding its manufacturing facilities as it handles continued record-breaking growth in the vacuum excavation industry.
ECHO Utility Engineering and Surveying focuses on a specific aspect of Utility Engineering: Subsurface Utility Engineering.
Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) refers to a branch of engineering that involves managing certain risks associated with utility mapping at appropriate quality levels, utility coordination, utility relocation design and coordination, utility condition assessment, communication of utility data to concerned parties, utility relocation cost estimates, implementation of utility accommodation policies, and utility design.
ECHO purchased a Vac-Tron AIR 373 SDT vacuum excavator in 2017 and shared the benefits this unit has created for the facilities.
Locating existing subsurface utility data.
Vac-Tron Low Profile AIR 373 SDT unit with customized accessories. This unit is powered by an 83 HP Yanmar diesel engine that delivers unmatched power and performance. Hand built in the USA from the ground up including the durable I-Beam trailer assembly. The low profile trailer keeps the components of the unit easily accessible while making the unit safe to tow and a much smoother ride. The AIR unit comes equipped with a hydraulic rear door, which opens fully so the operator can completely empty the contents. For operator safety, the door is controlled by push buttons located on the side of the unit. The AIR unit offers the patented filtration system with 0.5-micron filtration that is unmatched by competitors. It also comes standard with a reverse pressure system and a heavy-duty trailer with Dexter torsion axles.
ECHO has been using the Vac-Tron AIR unit for over a year now. The main efficiency has been getting into tight places and safely onto curbs with the Low Profile unit. “It allows us to get to projects that we normally wouldn’t be able to do,” says President of ECHO UES, Jerry Comellas. “One of the projects we worked on was in a covered garage and if it wasn’t for this unit there is no way we could have accomplished the project because of the low clearances. This was a $48,000 project and is revenue that we wouldn’t have been able to have otherwise.”
“Vac-Tron’s customer service has been outstanding, getting us set up quickly, as our business works really fast, and catering to some of the refinements we made on the unit made it a pleasure to work with Vac-Tron,” Jerry concluded.
Check out the full interview with ECHO and video footage of the unit in action.
SignCrafters of Central Florida used a Vac-Tron LP533SDT to safely excavate a 3 foot diameter hole by 8 feet deep for a concrete footer. They were installing a sign for a new medical center in Leesburg, FL. The excavation took 40 minutes including setup and breakdown.
When digging a 3 to 4′ foot wide by 8′ foot deep hole for a sign post, using a vacuum excavator provides a safe and more efficient alternative to traditional digging. Vacuum excavation provides efficiency by storing all sand and debris into a storage tank for easy dumping and filling.
“A utility friendly way to dig.” Says Dennis Martin, President of Sign Crafters of Central Florida. “When digging for posts using a VAC-TRON, you don’t have to worry about breaking utilities and slowing down your project.”
Save time, increase productivity, and eliminate the chance of damaging underground utilities. Your crew running a vacuum excavator by VAC-TRON will increase job completions in a given day. Municipalities are using vacuum excavation for utility locates as well as working around roots for meter readings. The same logic applies when digging holes for commercial signs.
A recommended unit is the all new Competitive Vac (CV) unit. Hand built in the USA from the ground up including the durable trailer assembly. The low profile trailer keeps the components of the unit easily accessible while making the unit safe to tow.
Configuration Available Skid, Trailer, or Truck Mounted
Engine 27 hp Kohler EFI gas engine
Vacuum Pump 580 cfm vacuum pump
Vacuum Hose 3” UV protected hose is standard, 4” option is available
Debris Tank 500, 800, or 1200-gallon debris tank
Rear Door Hydraulically operated full open and locked rear door with auto-engage safety latch
Water Tank Capacity Two (2) 100-gallon water tanks with optional 300 and 400 gallons
Water Pump 3,500 psi @ 4 gpm water pump pressure
Reverse Pressureto off-load liquids and dislodge debris in hose is optional
WeightCV 570 GT empty weight with trailer 5,360 lbs. CV 870 GT empty weight with trailer 6,140 lbs. CV 1270 GT empty weight with trailer
Schedule a time below to have your team demo a unit and test the latest technologies for safer and more efficient digging.
The City Director came to Phillip Clark, Water Supervisor for Tavares, FL – America’s Seaplane City, with details of a surplus in the budget. “What can we add to our fleet to work smarter and not harder? What out there in the industry is new and innovative?” He asked.
Mr. Clark is constantly researching and reading about what is innovative and groundbreaking. He says that there isn’t much at times to be found, but he saw a VAC-TRON at work on the side of the road and had to look into it. He scheduled a demo and saw how productivity would greatly improve with the use of a low profile, trailered vacuum excavator. So it was presented to council to be able to add an invaluable machine to their fleet. Council agreed and approved.
One of the many tasks his crews has to handle is checking meter boxes and cleaning around the roots and debris that collects inside. This routine usually takes an entire day to handle just six or so boxes. Due to the sprawling roots, shovels are used to dig and it has been an inefficient process. The typical hole is 2 ft by 30 inches.
Another task is repairing leaks in water lines and removing the water and dirt to allow for a clear area to work. A sample that Mr. Clark shared was a recent water break under a concrete driveway that had to be broken away to reveal the repair project. It was a 2 inch water break 3 feet under driveway 2 ft of concrete.
As for all cities – locating underground utilities is a constant project where in the past typically a probe is used. Finding these lines with a probe can be dangerous and time consuming.
-Up to a day to clean out and view a half a dozen meter boxes
-Exposure to bugs, snakes, and other elements
-Excavation for small leaks, remove water to find the source of the leak
-Safety when digging around gas and power lines
To upgrade from traditional methods of digging to a VAC-TRON increased efficiency. Adding a trailered vacuum excavator by VAC-TRON proved to be a well-made investment. The Low Profile Series has full potholing or daylighting and clean up capabilities with a 300-gallon debris capacity, manual spin-wheel door and two (2) 50-gallon water tanks.
-Easily remove water and dirt for a more productive way to repair water line breaks
-Works as a mobile pressure cleaner as well without having to have a power source
-Will equate in to quick payback for the city, per Mr. Clark
-Keeps the team away from reptiles and insects
-A much safer way to dig
-Using a VAC-TRON only took 30 minutes to clean the same 6 boxes that used to take all day
Founder Don Buckner, a multi-generation Floridian, started Vac-Tron Equipment over 20 years ago in the rural areas of Lake and Sumter Counties.
“I remember when Mr. Buckner showed one of the first demonstrations to my dad at an open field in Leesburg, FL; he was pioneering the newest and safest way to dig. The unit was on the back of a bright blue ’94 Ford Ranger.” says Jason Blount, Digital Consultant for Vac-Tron.
Flash-forward 22 years and Vac-Tron units are being used for safer excavation worldwide. Places like South and Central America, parts of Europe, and the Middle East have units in action.
Vac-Tron is now the industry’s innovative leader and one of the world’s largest producers of industrial vacuum excavation equipment. Boasting more than 30 industrial vacuum products, over 50 wet and dry uses, and located in 115 dealers in North America.
Vac-Tron’s core mission is to provide the highest quality hydro and air vacuum excavators that are Made in the USA. Vac-Tron equipment has continued to grow its manufacturing facility in Florida employing locals that help grow our state’s economy.
If you need a new vacuum excavator for your Florida company or government project, please consider a Vac-Tron unit for a job that sucks.
When you think of Made in the USA you think of high-quality manufacturing. Vac-Tron Equipment has been a leading pioneer with vacuum excavators for 20 years in North America when it was started by Don Buckner, as a division of American Manufacturing.
The main focus has been creating the highest quality U.S. made vacuum excavation equipment.
Headquarters is located in Florida and has a dedicated team building the next generation of units. Vac-Tron continues to innovate within the industry, recently introducing the first Power Take Off Vac Truck.
Vac-Tron’s are available with 115 U.S. national dealers and also sold internationally, which helps to bring dollars back into the U.S. to help with future U.S. manufacturing strategy and growth.
To learn more about the fleet of Vac-Tron units check out the Equipment page.