What is Vacuum Excavation?

What is vacuum excavation? Vacuum excavation is digging with a vacuum to remove soil and debris that is broken apart with high-pressure water or air. This method of excavation is commonly referred to as “Soft Dig” and accepted as being safer than hand digging within the tolerance zone around underground utilities.

This process allows for workers on site to stay safe on the surface. This practice can eliminate accidental line damage and trench cave-ins.

This is the best method of identifying the accurate depth of a utility.

With vacuum excavation, companies have an alternative to hand digging and a safer way to expose utilities with both hydro and air (or dry) excavation.

Hydro Excavation is the process of safely uncovering underground utilities utilizing high-pressure water along with high-speed vacuum. Hydro excavation is faster than air excavation and is considered the most efficient type of vacuum excavation. Hydro excavation does not allow for the re-use of the spoil material for refilling the hole.

Air or dry Excavation is the process of using compressed air to disturb the earth’s soil which is then vacuumed up into a debris tank. Air excavation can be slower than hydro excavation, but it does allow the debris to be used back into the whole.

Why use vacuum excavation? Vacuum excavation virtually eliminates the danger of damaging underground utilities, while mechanical digging with hand tools or backhoes can cause damage to those utilities.

Vacuum excavation is less invasive than traditional methods of digging. It also offers lower cost with a higher level of precision with less surface restoration needed.

There are costs involved when striking an underground utility so by using vacuum excavation instead, you could eventually save cost and save lives within your company and in the community.

Should it be required? There are companies that already require it. There are locations states that require it because of the safety factor. It takes the chance out of damaging the line.

What are the different types of equipment? There are trailer-mounted units that can be towed behind a truck, so when you are not using it, it can be left in your yard. There are also truck mounted units. The available tow package on truck units allows towing of other equipment to the job site to help with efficiency.

How to compare and evaluate different vacuum excavators? You want to make sure you buy quality units that are tough and durable to handle the load. Because when you are excavating you have a live load in your tank and you want to make sure the trailer or the truck is set up to handle that load. Vac-Tron units are built from start to finish including the trailer which consists of sturdy I beam construction. There is no tougher trailer on the market. All are American Made. You also want to look at the filtration system.

What to look for when purchasing equipment? The first thing you look at it is capacity, what type of capacities do you need. Also, what type of performance are you requiring. We have all different sizes, small units from 150-gallons to 2,000-gallon capacity.

What is new in vacuum excavation equipment? There is new technology happening with the solidification of the material because its all about what do you do with that material after you excavated it.

What are some other uses or applications for this equipment? There are many different types of applications in the cleanup industry, especially in industrial plants. Many times, these plants are already using a vacuum of some sort or they have other companies coming in and doing it for them. Now, these industrial plants are finding out that they can buy a smaller trailer mounted unit or truck mounted unit and have it available to them at all times and it’s more efficient.

How do I implement vacuum excavation as a policy and best practice in my company or organization? There is a website you can go to vacuumexcavation.com and it gives you the policies and things you can implement into your company. It also helps you write that into your company. Once you do; you are safer, your employees are safer, and your profits are safer because you are less likely to strike underground utilities and damage them like you would if you are not using vacuum excavation.

What can I do to promote vacuum excavation? There are different organizations that promote it, they all have conventions and seminars that promote it where you and your employees can get further education on it. Everyone should get involved at some level.

How Utility Crews at the University of Central Florida utilize a Vac-Tron

The University of Central Florida purchased a Vac-Tron AIR 373 SDT vacuum excavator in 2016 and shared the benefits this unit has created for the facilities.

“We didn’t have an initiative on campus to do soft digging and locating, so we went looking for a solution and Vac-Tron came out to be the best value for our money,” said Anthony Lugo, UCF Utility Supervisor.

Project Descriptions

Some of the initiatives that UCF utility workers handle daily include identifying and mapping the location of utility lines.

“We have a lot of old utility lines in the ground that haven’t been located in many decades. They have never been marked properly, and it is our job to find them, mark them, and put them on the map. Finding those lines can be time-consuming and intrusive to the property. But the biggest obstacle when you are part of the utility crew is safety, you don’t want to hit electrical lines with a shovel.” said Lugo.

 

The utility crew is also responsible for emergency water line breaks. “Prepping the area for a water line break repair is a tedious job and time is of the essence,” added Lugo.

 

Solution

The Vac-Tron AIR 373 SDT vacuum excavation unit. The UCF AIR unit is powered by an 83 HP Yanmar diesel engine and comes standard with a 300-gallon debris tank, air pressure of 150 CFM at 170 PSI, hydraulically operated full-open rear door with auto engage safety latch, and one 100-gallon water tank. This unit also has the Patented Remote Debris Tank, which collects the dry material and then can be positioned back over the hole to put back into place without causing much disruption to the surroundings.

Air pressure is used to break up the soil by a UCF utility crew. This process is used to safely locate underground utility lines.
After the soil is broken up the powerful vacuum removes the debris stores the soil into the Vac-Tron unit

Upgrading from traditional methods of excavation, an excavator or hand shovel, to a Vac-Tron unit has greatly increased efficiency for the UCF utility crew. “It made things faster, it made things safer. It saves us a lot of time, what used to take 4-6 hours, now only takes 1-2 hours. We aren’t spending any unnecessary time doing a job.” said Lugo.

“The biggest thing is safety, safety is the key aspect. The Vac-Tron unit allows us to be safe in an expedited fashion. This is considered soft digging, which is just basically pulling the dirt out of the ground so you’re not striking anything. You could hit a high voltage electrical line, high-pressure water or gas line, any number of things, and the Vac-Tron AIR unit helps to eliminate that.” stated Lugo.

Results

  • Potholing quickly to locate old utility lines for identification and mapping
  • 4-6 hour projects now take 1-2 hours
  • Respond quicker to water line breaks
  • Quicker repairs to water line breaks with the power of the vacuum excavator removing debris
  • Cleaning of storm drains in an efficient way
  • Wastewater spills quickly cleaned up
  • Less intrusive to the campus’ infrastructure
  • Less disruption to the environment

Multiple departments at UCF are also using the Vac-Tron unit. For example, the Landscaping and Recreation crew uses it to clean out storm drains, and the Design and Construction team will request it to locate lines for future construction on the campus. UCF has found multiple uses for the Vac-Tron unit. “This has been a godsend because we can actually find things without being as intrusive to the campus’ infrastructure. For the value we are getting, it has turned out to be priceless!” added Lugo.

Check out the full interview and video footage of the unit in action at UCF.

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.

Global Machinery in Colorado showcasing VAC-TRON Vacuum Excavators

Vac-Tron Equipment would like to introduce their Colorado dealer Global Machinery. Vac-Tron partnered with Global 18 years ago because they share the same common belief in meeting their customers’ needs with valuable service and support just like Vac-Tron.

Global Machinery began in 1994 and has expanded multiple times since it began 20 years ago. Their Focus of Business is the rental, sale, service and support of utility construction equipment used in utilities installation and maintenance.
For more information on Global, please visit http://www.globalmachinery.com

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

Australia Dealer, SPOUTVAC, Offering VAC-TRON Vacuum Excavators

MAY 2017 | VAC-TRON is proud to announce a new dealer for the Australian region.  Having serviced customers since 1987, SPOUTVAC in Australia has the knowledge to help when choosing a vacuum excavator.  Contact us below or contact the dealer directly to demo a unit in your area of Australia.

9 Wellsford Drive East Bendigo Victoria Australia 3550

Ph: +61 3 5443 4033

spoutvac.com.au

Micro-trenching made easy with vacuum excavators

Micro-trenching is an installation method in which a narrow and relatively shallow trench is cut, usually on an asphalt roadway. Micro-trenching is one of the installation methods being utilized by contractors to bring fiber networks to consumers. 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 and reduces 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 has come up with a solution to micro trenching using a Vac-Tron vacuum excavation unit.  Check out the Case Study Overview below in the video.

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.”

Recently, David was demonstrating Vermeer’s micro trenching equipment and Vac-Tron’s LP SGT high cfm unit in Glen Bernie, MD in this photo.

For more info visit www.vactron.com or call Vac-Tron at 1-352-728-2222.


Underground Construction Technology (UCT) Conference – Jan 31 – Feb 2 2017

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We look forward to seeing you at the UCT (Underground Construction Technology) Conference & Exhibition in Fort Worth, TX at the Fort Worth Convention Center.  The dates are January 31 – February 2, 2017.

Vac-Tron at Booth 315 will be showcasing the all new PTO Hydro Vac Truck!

Individuals representing water, sewer, gas, telecom and electric rely on UCT to learn about the latest techniques used in trenchless, open cut, new construction, and pipe rehabilitation. Major academic and industry sponsors offer seminars before and during UCT.

Nearly 200 exhibitors showcase equipment and technologies used to maintain the crumbling utility piping systems. The UCT education program qualifies for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Credit is granted by the University of Texas at Arlington. – UCT Overview

COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS to EXHIBIT HALL, CALL KEVIN SHOWLEY, Vac-Tron Support, 352-728-2222 or [email protected]

HTV PTO Hydro Vacuum Excavator Truck In Use
Vac-Tron’s PTO (Power Take Off) HTV will be showcased at the upcoming conference in Fort Worth, TX

PTO Vac Truck on display WJTA Show in New Orleans Nov 2-3

We will be featuring one of our HTV PTO vac trucks at Booth # 1030
We will be featuring one of our HTV PTO vac trucks at Booth # 1030

Come see us at the WJTA show in New Orleans on Nov 2nd and 3rd, 2016. We will have one of our HTV PTO vac trucks there. Booth # 1030

Our full line of the HTV (Hydro Truck Vac) series is available with 300-gallon to 1,500 -gallon size debris tanks. The PTO (power take off) of the truck drives positive displacement vacuum blowers that produce 1,000 CFM. 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 dirty air down to 00.5 microns (best in the industry) before it passes back through the vacuum pump.

The 800-gallon unit is also available with a high-pressure jetter package (Jetter Truck Vac or JTV). The jetter package includes a hydraulically driven jetter pump that produces 15 GPM @ 3000 psi along with a power hose real and 500′ of 1/2 ” Jetter hose.

HTV units give you the performance needed to take on the tough jobs in a compact package. 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.

HydroVac Truck with Jetter
The 800-gallon unit is also available with a high-pressure jetter package (Jetter Truck Vac or JTV). The jetter package includes a hydraulically driven jetter pump that produces 15 GPM @ 3000 psi along with a power hose real and 500′ of 1/2 ” Jetter hose.

Hydro Excavator Low Profile Series Demonstration (Video)

“Vac-Tron’s Low profile series has quickly become a much needed hydro excavator on jobsites around the country.  The LP series is Vac-Tron’s number one acquired hydro excavator by companies and municipalities and will be the most used piece of equipment in your fleet.”

LP Series Vacuum Excavator

There are many different models and options for the LP Series, including a hydraulic boom.  Please view brochures and additional videos on the Vac-Tron LP Series equipment page.  All Vac-Tron trailers are engineered and built for low profile towing which provides a level of safety not seen on other equipment.

Patented Filtration System

With its patented filtration system, it allows for both wet and dry applications.  Nickednamed “big red”.

The Vac-Tron filtration system incorporates four important components into one assembly:

  1. Cyclone
  2. Silencer
  3. Four-Way Valve
  4. 0.5 Micron Filter

Check out this article for a more indepth look into each component of the filtration system: The ‘Big Red’ Patented Filtration System for Vacuum Excavation (w/ video)

Hydraulic Locking Door

The LP series is also equipped with a hydraulic locking door that has proven reliability in the field.  With over center locking mechanism for a simple no fuss positive lock and unlock, There is no hydraulic pressure needed to remain locked.

Strong Arm

The strong arm helps to support the weight of the vacuum excavation hose to reduce work fatigue on the job site and to increase mobility.  When it is time to move to the next job location the side hose storage makes it quick and easy to store the vacuum hose and tools.

Reverse Pressure

Reverse pressure is standard and allows the operator to offload liquids and remove debris from the vacuum hose with ease.

Other Features

These units are equipped with high pressure water systems with water capacities up to 400 gallons helping to keep the crews on the jobsite longer.  Vac-Tron only uses top quality hose reels for reliable service.

Check out the latest demonstration video and schedule a 30 minute demo for your organization in your area.


 

Introducing the new JTV Truck – PTO Vacuum Excavator with jetter pump system at WEQ Fair

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Vac-Tron Equipment and Vermeer Wisconsin together will be exhibiting at the WEQ Fair in Milwaukee on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 12-13th, 2016. Vac-Tron is introducing it’s NEW JTV PTO truck and you won’t want to miss it! Come see us at BOOTH # 16.
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Vac-Tron Equipment will be showcasing it’s NEW JTV 873 PTO Truck. There is no other truck like it in the industry. The JTV 873 PTO is a new series of PTO truck driven systems available on a Ford or Freightliner chassis. This PTO truck combines vacuum excavation with high pressure jetter capabilities putting it in a league of its own.

Standard equipment:

PTO driven, 1000 cfm @ 16 hg vacuum pump, 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 400 ‘ of 5/8 ” jetter hose.

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Municipalities empowered by Vacuum Excavators

Cities are digging safer and more efficiently by arming departments with vacuum excavators.  In the rarest of cases, fire departments are using vacuum excavators for trench collapse rescues.  The more common use though is the need for potholing, sewer jetting, storm drain cleaning, and many other applications.

Some regulatory agencies require potholing when a path of a bore trench closely parallels or crosses existing underground utilities.
  Cities are taking the necessary step in getting access to vacuum excavation equipment.  In a small city meeting recently in Kansas, permission was granted to the Water Department to purchase a VAC-TRON LP573SGT.

“Basically, Wally’s been after me to get one of these since I’ve been here, but with all the underground utilities going in and all the fiber optics, it’s become a necessity for us to pothole and find the phone lines, gas lines, before we even start digging our own main lines,” Water Department Director Calvin Burke said. “So what we’re looking at is a combination pothole VAC-TRON machine. It’s a high pressure washer where you take the wand, and you work it and then work the back part, stick the hose on the nozzle, and just suck the dirt right out of the hole.”  – leaderandtimes.com

Tri-County Electric Cooperative, a cooperative utility based in Hooker, Okla., recently put in service a truck-mounted, large vacuum excavator model.

“Being on a truck provides good mobility,” said Rick Wayman, manager of construction. “We do a lot of potholing with the machine. Many city areas we work in are full of utilities, and vacuum excavation can quickly make potholes without damaging the lines being located.

“We also are using it to dig piers for light poles,” Wayman said. “Locations where poles are being set also are in areas full of utilities, and without the new machine, they would have to be dug by hand—there are too many utilities to use mechanical equipment.” – ecmag.com

The Public Works crew in the image below in the City of Temecula, California uses a Vac-Tron PMD 500 GT vacuum truck with a 500-gallon debris tank, 225-gallon freshwater tank, and a jetter putting out 15 GPM/2,200 psi. They capture cleaning water at the outlet of the basin box to keep it from reaching the creeks.

 

The City of Temecula, Calif. use Vacuum Excavation to clean out catch basins
The City of Temecula, Calif. use Vacuum Excavation to clean out catch basins (Image Source: mswmag.com)

To learn more about vacuum excavation and adding a Vac-Tron to your fleet, go here to schedule a demo in your area.

 

373 PTO Vac Excavation Truck

373 in the bronx

Air Excavation is the process of using compressed air to disturb the soil so that it may be lifted with the vacuum. This process is used to safely uncover underground utilities as well as open up trenches allowing the dry soil to be reused in the original hole. Vac-Tron now has a new PTO unit available with an air compressor.

The HTV PTO is now available with 150 CFM @ 175 psi air compressor and our patent pending remote debris tank that allows the operator to easily put the dry soil back into the hole.  

The Power Take Off of the truck drives a positive displacement vacuum blower that produces 1,000 cfm. This unit is standard with a high pressure water system, full hydraulic rear claw door, reverse pressure, and the patented “Big Red” filter housing that cleans the air down to 00.5 microns (best in the industry). Hydraulic booms are also available on the PTO series units.  

A major benefit of the PTO unit is that all components are powered from the truck’s engine 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 as well as directional drill site cleanup, confident utility locates, job site safety, and productive job site management.

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For more information about the HTV PTO, contact Vac-Tron Equipment at 888-822-8766 to request a free demo.

Beverly Shores “Field of Dreams”

“At Vac-Tron, it is important to us that we give back to the local community and more importantly help support our future generations”, says Vac-Tron Equipment President, Tim Fischer

Beverly Shores FOD Project Flyer

NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Stephanie Payne
(352) 787-3441
[email protected]

LassiterWare Cares and Vac-Tron Team Up To Renovate

The Beverly Shores Elementary Ball Field

Local companies pitch in to help create the “Field of Dreams”

Leesburg, FL (June TBD, 2016) — LassiterWare Cares and Vac-Tron Equipment are excited to announce a joint community service project to benefit the students of Beverly Shores Elementary School. Currently, the school’s field is in poor shape, and is not usable for school activities, such as recess, P.E. or Field Days.

“At Vac-Tron, it is important to us that we give back to the local community and more importantly help support our future generations.  This is a great project and we are excited LWC asked for our assistance”, says Vac-Tron Equipment President, Tim Fischer.

In extension from a previous landscaping project for Beverly Shores, LassiterWare wanted to do more for the school. Principal Monica Gordon shared the poor condition of the ball fields and how this has been on their wish list for a long time. A few months later, the “Field of Dreams” project was born.

Physical activities are a vital part of daily school life, and these two local companies are pleased to be able to restore the field for community benefit. Other local sponsors and business partners have started to help contribute monies and materials to the cause, but there are plenty of opportunities to help!

If you are interested in volunteering, or donating sports equipment or building materials, please contact Stephanie Payne at: (352) 787-3441.

“This project – upgrading our fields – would be a visible reminder to them every day that they are important to us, that their school and community have invested in their success,” says William Gagnon, Assistant Principal. “Beverly Shores serves students from a variety of backgrounds. Many are from lower income families. But all want and deserve access to the very best education, facilities and support we can give them. That is my goal as principal, and it’s why I’m so excited about this project. I welcome any opportunity to demonstrate to our students that they are valued and we are here to support them in every way possible,” added Principal Monica Gordon.

Upon completion, a “Big Reveal” will be held for the students during their Meet the Teachers night in August. Helping hands for this event will be a need as well.

About LassiterWare Cares

Started and funded primarily by employees of LassiterWare, their mission focuses on improving the quality of life during times of financial hardship for fellow employees and providing resources to local charities/organizations that contribute to a vibrant community life.

About Vac-Tron Equipment

Vac-Tron Equipment, the industry leader in vacuum excavation and industrial vacuum equipment. Vac-Tron employs over 40 people locally, right here in Okahumpka, FL. For over 20 years, Vac-Tron has developed innovative, reliable vacuum excavation equipment shipping these units all over the world.

Hydro Vacuum Excavation is Booming

Due to the continued growth in the use of hydro and air vacuum excavation for safe digging, AEM (Association of Equipment Manufacturers) has announced the formation of a Vacuum Excavator Program. The program is made up of nine top vacuum excavator manufacturers. The main purpose of the program is to track statistics of vacuum excavator sales in the U.S. and Canada to help with trend reporting and other data.

“Throughout the United States, vacuum excavation is gaining popularity.” – Forester Daily News

Hydro vacuum excavation is a non-mechanical and non-destructive process. Using water for excavation is a growing trend that will continue to change the way that companies move earth materials. Hydro vacuum excavation is non-invasive and creates an easier way to re-distribute the moved debris.

Hydro Vacuum Excavation Industry Growth

Vac-Tron Equipment, The Industry Leader in Vacuum Excavators for over 20 years, has been manufacturing units in the United States and shipping hydro and air excavation units all over the world.  As the industry continues to grow, municipalities and large companies have been adding units to their fleets for utility locating, directional drilling, and many other safe excavation means.

Vac-Tron recently announced the first Hydro Truck Vacuum Excavator with PTO (power take off) that has been going around the U.S. on demonstrations for companies and governments.  See more details below.

A quote from a local resident seeing a vacuum excavator in action

“Blew me away seeing this in person.  The main feed to our neighborhoods transformer shorted.  After 20 minutes they located the short location. A hydro vac truck shows up, sucks a huge hole in our driveway, fixes the line, fills it back in and none the wiser like they weren’t even there other than the utility marks. They said even if the line needed replacing only three holes were needed.  We were thinking they would be tearing up our front lawn and the neighbors, but then after the entire repair was done it was minimally invasive.”

A rear action shot of the PTO - Hydro Truck Vac vacuum excavation
A rear action shot of the PTO

New Hydro Truck Vacs

The Ford or Freightliner chassis with a full line of the HTV (Hydro Truck Vac) series is available with 300-gallon to 800 –gallon size debris tanks. The PTO (power take off) of the truck drives Positive displacement vacuum blowers that produce 1,000 CFM. These units are standard with a high pressure water system, full hydraulic rear doors, reverse pressure, and the patented “Big Red” filter housing that cleans the dirty air down to 00.5 microns (best in the industry) before it passes back through the vacuum pump.

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The LP 873 SGT with the new strong arm for easier handling of the vacuum hose

Low Profile Hydro Vacuum Excavator

One of the most commonly used hydro vacuum units being used is the LP series manufactured by Vac-Tron.  The trailer mounted version of the LP series can easily be pulled behind a one-ton truck. The low profile units come equipped with a hydraulic rear door, which opens fully so operators can quickly empty the contents.

Schedule a Hydro Vacuum Excavator Demo

Call Vac-Tron at 1-800-822-8766 or fill out the online demo form to schedule a demonstration in your area and to learn more about how hydro vacuum excavation can help your projects.

Use Vacuum Excavation for Safe Digging

April is National Safe Digging month and every year many companies, including 811, promote the importance of having a plan before you begin digging.

Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged and the growing trend in preventing these accidents is utilizing vacuum excavation. There are many instances when vacuum excavation is the safest and most productive option for digging compared to traditional excavation.

Saving Utility Lines

Digging around lines using vacuum excavation is less intrusive to the surrounding dig site and provides a cleaner hole. It exposes the piping without abrasive force compared to a front-end loader or shovel. Air or hydro vacuum excavation dramatically reduces the chance of a cut or break into the utility lines which helps with cost, safety, and time.

Directional-bore Projects

Specifically those areas where the bore route will cross other utilities, and especially when the bore route crosses natural gas lines buried within the road or other paved areas is another example of when vacuum excavation is the best option. A gas line strike with traditional excavation is one of the worst disasters a project can incur and happens too often. Vacuum excavation is a much safer alternative when digging around gas lines.

The cost of damaging utilities can range from environmental contamination, project delays, lost time and productivity and even more tragically, death.

Because vacuum excavation is so safe and precise, it is even being used for trench rescues due to the speed and safety of removing the soil from around a victim.

Be sure to use proper protective gear while using a vacuum excavator. This usually includes rubber steel-toe boots, safety glasses, face shield, hard hat, gloves, safety vest and hearing protection.

Vacuum excavation is used worldwide and has quickly grown into the best method for safer digging. Vac-Tron Equipment is the industry leader in vacuum excavation and has worked tirelessly to gather industry research and data in order to make safety a priority. For over 20 years, Vac-Tron equipment has developed innovative, reliable vacuum excavation equipment.


 

To learn more about adding a vacuum excavator to your fleet, request a demo at vactron.com/request-a-demo or call 1-888-822-8766.

The ‘Big Red’ Patented Filtration System for Vacuum Excavation (w/ video)

Introducing the patented filtration system for vacuum excavation or what we call the “Big Red”.

Filtration is a key component that protects the heart of the unit, which is the vacuum pump.

The Vac-Tron filtration system incorporates 4 important components into one assembly:

  1. Cyclone
  2. Silencer
  3. Four-Way Valve
  4. 0.5 Micron Filter

The upright cylinder is the cyclone and is the first line of defense to prevent large particles of debris from passing through the vacuum excavation pump.

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The silencer for the vacuum is inside the cylinder as well and reduces the noise level of the high speed air leaving the unit. This oversized silencer makes the Vac-Tron one of the quietest units on the market today. silencer-filter-vacuum-excavation-air-filtration

Also enclosed in the filtration assembly is the four-way valve. This valve enables the operator to go from Vacuum to Pressure by simply raising or lowering this lever and you do not have to lower the engine RPMs first.  The reverse pressure works to offload liquid materials and dislodge material from a clogged vacuum hose.
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Finally the polyethylene filter provides the final defense for the vacuum pump. This filter cleans the air down to ½ a micron to ensure a long blower life. The filter can be cleaned and used over and over with proper maintenance and care.micro-filter-vacuum-excavation-air-filtration
So don’t settle for less than a filter system that provides ½ micron protection and remember “If it’s not Red it’s not real” so be sure to ask for Vac-Tron by name.

Check out this video walk-thru of the patented filtration system for vacuum excavation.

New Ways To Dig That Will Save Lives

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An explosion in Fresno County, CA that killed one and injured a dozen people.

There was another story in the news recently highlighting the danger of unsafe excavation and also highlighting the much needed changes with how to locate and dig around gas and utility lines.  In Fresno County, CA, county workers were using a front end loader when a gas line was struck by the equipment, killing one man and injuring a dozen workers.  It’s no question that if the line was properly located and a vacuum excavator was used to dig around the line then a life could have been spared.  States and cities should require a vacuum excavator on all underground projects.

Vacuum excavation is defined as the process of using air or high pressure water to break apart soil and then debris is sucked up into the tanks.  This method of excavation is commonly referred to as soft excavation technology and accepted as being much safer than traditional digging around underground facilities.

Vac-Tron Equipment has been the industry leader for vacuum excavation for over 20 years, innovating new ways of safer digging for companies globally.  It is much less invasive in nature when compared to other traditional methods of excavating, has higher precision, and is leading to decreases in the amount of disposal of materials and accordingly much less surface restoration.

Vac-Tron’s equipment is made in the USA and distributed by over 40 nationwide dealers and 110 dealer outlets with new dealers being added internationally.

Vac-Tron recently announced 12 new innovations for vacuum excavation at the ICUEE show this year in Louisville, KY that will continue to keep the industry pushing ahead for safer digging.  Here are a few highlights of new vacuum excavation innovations that were announced.

Vac-Tron HTV 573 PTO Truck:  A NEW series of PTO truck driven systems available on Ford or Freightliner chassis. The full line of the HTV (Hydro Truck Vac) series has debris tanks ranging from 300 gallon to 1500 gallon in size. The Power Take Off of the truck drives positive displacement vacuum blowers that produce 1,000 to 3,000 CFM. 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 00.5 microns (best in the industry) before it passes back through the vacuum pump.  Air compressors and Hydraulic booms are also available on most of the HTV series units.  Patent Pending.


Vac-Tron MT Series (Mud Trucks):  New Series with 6 debris tanks sizes of 1500, 2000, 2500, 3000, 3500 and 4000 gallons. Over 45 degree hydraulic tilt, full open hydraulic locking door, PTO powered rotary vane vacuum pump, 25 inches of mercury, and reverse pressure, your chassis or ours.  Great for cleaning up drill mud slurry.

A Wobble Head PROTOTYPE  which is an innovative digging tool.  Use a 6″ hose head to dig a 24″ hold by swiveling the end of the hose.  Patent Pending.

For more information about safer digging with vacuum excavation, contact us at 888-822-8766 or schedule a live demo.

Released: PTO (Power Take Off) Driven Hydro Truck Vacs (w/ Video)


Vac-Tron HTV 573 PTO Truck:  A NEW series of PTO truck driven systems available on Ford or Freightliner chassis. The full line of the HTV (Hydro Truck Vac) series has debris tanks ranging from 300 gallon to 1500 gallon in size. The Power Take Off of the truck drives positive displacement vacuum blowers that produce 1,000 to 2,600 CFM. 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 00.5 microns (best in the industry) before it passes back through the vacuum pump.  Air compressors and Hydraulic booms are also available on most of the HTV series units.  Patent Pending.

For more information about safer digging with vacuum excavation, contact Vac-Tron Equipment at 888-822-8766 or fill out a demo request form.

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12 New Innovations that stole the show at ICUEE

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    12 New Innovations that stole the show at ICUEE for SAFER DIGGING. Further Details Coming Soon.

  1. HTV 533 PTO Series (Power Take Off )
    500 gallon debris, 1000 CFM vacuum pump
    Includes New Ford F-550 4 wheel drive truck!
  2. Folding Hose Storage
    Time Saving – Quick and easy hose load and unload. Patent Pending
  3. MT Series (Mud Trucks)
    NEW 
    series with 6 debris tanks sizes of 1500, 2000, 2500, 3000, 3500 and 4000 gallons. Over 45 degree hydraulic tilt, full open hydraulic locking door, PTO powered rotary vane vacuum pump,25 inches of mercury,and reverse pressure, your chassis or ours. Liquid only
  4. PTO driven with Reverse pressure HTV1830 series (Hydro Truck Vac). 2400 CFM vacuum, 6″ hydraulic boom. Shorter length, lower weight at less cost. Patent Pending
  5. Wobble Head PROTOTYPE
    Innovative digging tool on the boom of the HTVl 830 demo unit. 6″ hose digs a 24″ hole. Patent Pending.
  6. VSP (vertical soil processor) PROTOTYPE *Cutting edge technology. Patent Pending
    Saves up to $100,000 annually and increases production!
    -Completely new method of hydro excavation returning original spoils back to the hole as flowable fill,  ELIMINATING the need to transport , pay for disposal and bring back clean fill.
    -See cost analysis sheet with savings up to $100,000 per unit annually not including disposal cost or increased  revenue.
    -Available 2016 pilot participation programs available.  Inquire Now.
  7. Claw door over center locking mechanism for a simple no fuss positive lock and unlock
  8. Warm water system uses engine exhaust heat to keep water from freezing in cold climates.
    Patent Pending.
  9. 4 in 1 Baghouse
    1) Large 28″ diameter Cyclone
    2) Reverse Flow Valve
    3) Large 00.5 Micron Filter
    4) Large Silencer.
    Patented.
  10. LP833 extra heavy series with 400 gallons of water
  11. Super Gas (Kohler 37 HP) with 1000 CFM Gas Powered Vacuum SAVE $15,000 over diesel
  12. Redesigned strong arm Rotating head with hose roller