Oil Spill Containment Industry Leader Increases Efficiency with Vac-Tron Vacuum Excavators

VZ Environmental is an innovative leader in secondary drip and spill containment for the oil and gas industry. Carol Van Zandt, owner of VZ Environmental, was challenged by a customer to find a simple method to contain liquid spills in the oil and gas industry. Carol partnered with an equipment supplier to design a drive-over foam bermed containment membrane (VMatz™) to capture and dispose of drips and spills on oil and gas sites. They then utilize a Vac-Tron vacuum excavator to clean up the spill from the containment membrane for proper disposal. 

Today, VZ Environmental provides equipment nationwide, servicing areas in five states and have plans for further domestic and international expansion to continue to help oil and gas operators minimize their impact on the environment. 

Project Descriptions

VMatz are spill containments that VZ provides for oil and gas operators to minimize their impact on the environment. “Our customers use the VMatz to catch drips and spills while on location and then we come in to cleanup,” says Carol. VZ wanted to provide their own vacuum service to their customers as part of the cleanup process, so that the customer didn’t have to waste time and money calling out for a vacuum truck company and VZ environmental didn’t have to sit on location and wait for the vacuum truck to arrive before they could cleanup. 


Vac-Tron vacuum trailers for vacuum service and cleanup. “The Vac-Tron trailer helps us clean up our VMAtz by removing the fluid from our containments more efficiently and a lot faster. We are not sitting on location waiting on vacuum trucks to arrive. Prior to having Vac-Tron vacuum trailers in our fleet of equipment, we did not offer any type of vacuum service. Our customers had to order a vacuum truck to come help us remove the fluid when we were cleaning our Vmatz. Our Vac-Tron units come with 500-gallon debris tanks and 1,000 cfm which helps us pick up the rocks and sludge that our customers leave in our containments. This is a perfect size because its small and they can park it off to the side, then call upon it as needed,” says Carol. 


  • Saves customers time and money
  • Eliminates down time
  • Keeps environment safer

“With a Vac-Tron trailer, we can save our customers money through minimizing the number of trips that they have to call out a vacuum truck. When shopping for vacuum trailers, Vac-Tron is by far the best! Our machines, every time you turn them on, they are rip roaring to go. Our employees don’t have time to go through and try to figure out things, they want to flip it on and use it immediately and they want it to work. Vac-Tron does that for us every time,” says Carol.

Rock Underground Saves Time and Manpower with Vac-Tron Vacuum Excavator

Rock Underground, located in the city of Greenfield, MN, is an expert in utility work and exclusively uses Vac-Tron units for locating underground utilities.  “All we run is Vac-Tron, every crew we have runs a Vac-Tron model,” says Adam Rock, Founder of Rock Underground.

Project Descriptions

Potholing and locating underground utilities safely and efficiently. 


Vac-Tron’s LP 873 SDT vacuum excavator. Vacuum excavation is the best method of identifying the location and accurate depth of a utility. “Being in the utility business we have to pothole utilities all the time; whether it’s a gas line, fiber optic, telephone cable, we use a Vac-Tron vacuum excavator 90% of the time to verify utilities so we don’t hit them,” says Rock.

The low-profile trailers are hand built at the factory in Florida from the ground up keeping the components of the unit easily accessible while making the unit safe to tow and a much smoother ride. It also provides the best ground clearance in the industry for right of way maneuverability.

The LP SDT series is the top selling High CFM Diesel trailer for Vac-Tron. It includes a Yanmar 49 hp Tier 4 final diesel engine with 1,000 CFM vacuum blower for both wet/dry applications.

Rock said “I chose high CFM obviously for the capability of what it can do sucking up the dirt. Everybody can buy the water pressure, everybody can buy the blower, but the technology of the unit itself, the trailer setup, and the power it has, is why we choose Vac-Tron.”


  • Accurately and safely verifying underground utilities
  • Productivity increase
  • Efficiency with time and money
  • Being able to clean other equipment
  • Many other uses and applications…

With Vac-Tron vacuum excavators, companies have an alternative to hand digging and a safer way to expose utilities with both hydro and air excavation. “So, you take five guys on a jobsite and shovel all day, if something is 5 ft deep, it can take an hour to find one utility. With a Vac-Tron you can find it in 2 minutes and there you go, you don’t need 5 guys on one job, you can take 3 guys and a Vac-Tron and run a whole jobsite out in an hour versus a 4-hour day, so it’s more efficient. There are other benefits of using it too; you can clean the machines, wash off other equipment, we even use it for pulling mule string through existing pipes, little things like that that you don’t think you could use it for, but you can. I’ve owned Ditch Witch, Ring O Matic, McLaughlin and now we have 3 Vac-Tron in our stock and I don’t plan on changing that anytime soon. We LOVE the product, obviously that’s why we have converted to only Vac-Trons,” says Rock.  

“All we run is Vac-Tron, every crew we have runs a Vac-Tron model,” says Adam Rock, Founder of Rock Underground.

Vac-Tron’s LP (Low Profile) series is the premiere line of industrial vacuums and vacuum excavation equipment. Available with gas or diesel engines and high or low CFM. The LP Series starts with 300-gallon debris tanks and goes up to 1,200-gallon debris tanks. 

Vac-Tron units come standard with the patented (Big Red) CVS filtration system that is unmatched by competitors, a reverse pressure system, and a heavy-duty I-beam trailer with Dexter torsion axles. The low-profile trailers are hand built at the factory in Florida from the ground up keeping the components of the unit easily accessible while making the unit safe to tow and a much smoother ride. It also provides the best ground clearance in the industry for right of way maneuverability. 

For more info or for a FREE Demo visit www.vactron.com or call 1-888-VAC-TRON.

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:


“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 Named One Of Florida Companies To Watch

Four Lake County companies were among the first round of 2018 “Florida Companies to Watch” finalists, recently announced by GrowFL. They include Firehawk Helicopters, Intellisteel Group, LLC, United Efficiency Software Group and Vac-Tron Equipment.

The awards honor 50 select second-stage companies throughout the state for developing products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new industries. Chosen from a candidate pool of 134 businesses, the finalists collectively represented $518 million in annual revenue and employ 2,743 full-time workers.

Vac-Tron is one of four Lake County companies to be named among “Florida Companies To Watch”

“Lake County has a strong manufacturing base producing a wide variety of products,” said Brandon Matulka, Executive Director of Lake County’s Agency for Economic Prosperity. “The county works diligently to support and help grow these companies, and it’s exciting to see them recognized at the state level.”

Developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, “Florida Companies To Watch” is a distinguished awards program specifically designed to seek out second-stage businesses from a wide range of industries representing all areas of the state, not just those in major metropolitan areas. “Florida Companies to Watch” recognizes the different approach needed to successfully grow and scale a business and celebrates those that are working to achieve this goal. The winners will be announced in mid-September. The 2018 honorees will be celebrated at the awards ceremony Feb. 9 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL.

“We applaud these first-round finalists who have shown how they stand out in their regions as innovative business leaders, going to the next level to grow their companies,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL Executive Director.

GrowFL is a statewide economic development organization certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation. Learn more at GrowFL.com

Press Release Source: Lake County Gov, FL

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!

The Vac-Tron LP XDT Low Profile Trailer Vacuum Excavation Unit

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.

For more information on Vac-Tron or for a FREE Demo call 1-888-Vac-tron or learn more about the Low Profile Series https://www.vactron.com/vacuum-excavators/lp-hydro-excavation-trailer/


How ECHO Utility Engineering and Surveying Benefits From Vacuum Excavation

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.

Project Description

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.


Safer Digging with Vacuum Excavation for Utility Lines (Video)

In honor of National Safe Digging Month – we’re highlighting vacuum excavation as one of the safest ways to uncover underground utilities. We made digging safer! Watch this video as Vac-Tron safely and efficiently exposes underground utility lines for the City of Leesburg.

Hydro VS Air Excavation – Which is best for your industry?

What is Vacuum Excavation?

Vacuum excavation is the process of digging by using high-pressure water or air to soften the soil and then utilizing vacuum to remove the soil and debris. Vacuum Excavation, also known as suction excavation or soft dig, is accepted as being safer than hand digging within the tolerance zone around underground utilities. Read More

Vacuum Excavation allows for workers on site to stay safe on the surface and helps eliminate accidental line damage and trench cave-ins. With vacuum excavation, companies and municipalities have an alternative to hand digging and a much safer way to expose utilities. Vacuum Excavation is the best method of identifying the accurate depth and location of an underground utility.

Vac-Tron Vacuum Excavator
Vac-Tron Vacuum Excavator

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.

What is the difference between Hydro and Air 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.

Should vacuum excavation be required by law?

There are companies that already require it. There are also states that require soft digging because of the safety benefits. Utilizing a vacuum excavator reduces the chance of damaging underground utilities.

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. See the full line of Vac-Tron Vacuum Excavation Equipment Here.

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. Contact us for more information here.

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. See More Vac-Tron Vacuum Excavator Applications Here.

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 safe digging practices at my workplace?

There are different organizations that promote vacuum excavation, they all have conventions and seminars that promote safe digging where you and your employees or employer can receive further education on the topic. Everyone should get involved at some level. Contact us for more information here.

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.



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.


  • 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.


-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.


-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


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


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


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.
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.