November 2023 Vol. 78 No.11

New Products

New products

Vermeer introduces redesigned VXT600 

The Vermeer VXT600 vacuum excavator has undergone a complete redesign. Its load capacity has been increased for road use, and the component and technology reliability and serviceability have been optimized. Furthermore, the machine incorporates performance-enhancing features to boost productivity for vacuum crews. 

With a 12-cubic-yard elongated spoil tank design and 1,200-gallon freshwater tank capacity, VXT600 is the lightest vacuum excavator truck in its size class, weighing in at just 40,000 pounds. This new design allows for even weight distribution when traveling, while maximizing the volume of material hauled. It also has a low profile – 12.25-foot height, with boom – so it can maneuver under trees, power lines and bridges. 

VXT600 is a powerful digging machine that operates quietly while on the job. Its vacuum system is powered by a 6,400-cfm (181.2-m3/m) Helical tri-lobe Jurop blower. With a 23-foot (7-m) boom, an 8-inch (20.3-cm) diameter dig hose, a vacuum level of 27 inHg (.91 bar), and a water pump that produces 10 gallons per minute (37.9 L/min) of flow at 3,000 pounds per square inch (206.8 bar), the VXT600 can dig quickly and deeply. 

Additionally, the boom dig hose can be stowed with the dig tube attached to minimize setup time between digs. 

When it is time to empty the spoils tank, crews will appreciate VXT600’s labor-saving and efficient functionality. They don’t need to unstow the boom before dumping, and the tank’s cam-over door is easy to operate. The spoil tank can be lifted to a 50-degree angle for quick offloading. 

For even more efficient cleanouts, an optional tank vibrator is available. Additionally, VXT600 includes a handwashing station for operator convenience. 

VXT600 has a 7-inch LCD electronic display and a full-function wireless remote with the option of a belly pack or handheld unit. Two chassis are available: a Kenworth T880 truck with a 510-horsepower Paccar MX-13 engine and 6-speed Allison 4500RDS transmission, and Mack Granite truck with a 505-horsepower Mack MP8 engine with 6-speed Allison 4500RDS engine. Both chassis have an 86,000-pound GVWR and two pusher axles. 

Other customization accessories include a 180-cfm 110-psi air compressor for dry digging and powering pneumatic tools, a 20-gallon-per-minute water pump to allow crews to dig with two wands, a 420,000 BTU Dynablast hot water heater, and a cold weather kit to heat cabinets, water lines and valves. 

“It is an excellent choice for utility contractors who want to increase their potholing productivity,” said T.J. Steele, product manager for Vermeer MV Solutions. “We designed the new VXT600 from the ground up with the goal of making the lightest 12-yard (9.2-m) truck on the market.”


Vermeer Corporation, (641) 628-3141, 


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