Using a Vacuum Excavator for Digging Sign Post Holes

 

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.

Case Study: How the City of Tavares, FL utilizes a Vacuum Excavator

 

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.

Project Descriptions

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.

Challenges

-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

The Solution

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.

Results

-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

Florida born and raised Vacuum Excavators

Crews use Vac-Tron unit for hydro vacuum excavation at oil field in Iraq.
Crews use Vac-Tron unit for hydro vacuum excavation at an oil field in Iraq.

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.

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A Vac-Tron unit using a jetter system with vacuum excavation for the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District.

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.

Vacuum Excavators made in USA for over 20 years

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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.

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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. 20141106_165816

To learn more about the fleet of Vac-Tron units check out the Equipment page.