Vacuum Excavation

Pro-Vac strengthens Texas presence with Hydromax acquisition

(UI) — Pro-Vac, a leading provider of essential underground infrastructure services, announced that it has acquired Hydromax, a leading provider of hydro excavation services in South Texas.

First look: First electric vacuum excavator introduced

(UI) — After the first lithium-ion battery hand tool for the building trades was introduced in 2005, a representative of a major distributor called it the most significant advance in tools in the last 20 years.

Vermeer enhances performance of VXT600 vacuum excavator with redesign

(UI) — Vermeer has announced that its VXT600 vacuum excavator has undergone an upgrade, with boosted road load capacity and optimized component reliability and serviceability. In addition, this new design packs performance-enhancing features that promise to revolutionize the productivity of vacuum crews.

ProStar expands with acquisition of underground locating technology PointMan

(UI) — ProStar Holdings Inc., a provider of precision mapping solutions, announced that it has expanded its footprint in Australia with the adoption of PointMan by Provac. Provac Australia Pty. Ltd. provides unparalleled reliability and trusted services in both underground utility locating and non-destructive vacuum digging.

Vac-Tron Equipment Earns ‘Florida Companies to Watch’ Award

Vac-Tron Equipment was a 2018 Awardee of “Florida Companies to Watch,” a statewide program managed by economic development group GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation. “These stand-out companies are all led by entrepreneurs, and have demonstrated their capacity and intent to grow,”..

Vactor Manufacturing introduces Vactor RDB 1015 rapid-deployment boom

For most wastewater and sanitary system cleaning jobs, it takes several minutes for sewer cleaner operators to lift additional debris tubes off the racks, maneuver the truck’s boom and clamp the tubes into place – a process that can lead to operator fatigue. To improve this time-consuming process, V..

Vac-Tron Vacuum Excavator is Valuable Solution for Utility Department

The University of Central Florida (UCF) Utility Department wanted a better excavation method. “We have a lot of old utility lines in the ground that haven’t been located in many decades,” said Anthony Lugo, utility supervisor. Traditional excavation methods – an excavator or hand shovel – for find..

Vac-Tron CS 1270 Trailer Vac

Vac-Tron Vac-Tron Equipment has released the new CS (Compact Series) 1270 trailer vac. It comes standard with a 1,200-gallon debris tank and 580 or 1,000 cfm. It is also available with a hydraulic operated opening and locking rear door, wet/dry filtration cyclone, 30-foot-by-3-inch suc..

Dry-Vacuum Technology

Game Changer for Powerful, Safe, Productive Excavation When Ox Equipment, of Ancaster, Ontario, discovered German-manufactured Mobile Tiefbau Saugsysteme (MTS) dry-suction excavation systems, the Canadian company knew it was just what North American utilities, municipalities and contractors needed...


McLaughlin introduced two new mid-range vacuum excavators – the ECO75 truck-mounted vacuum excavator and VX75 trailer-mounted version –  now available through the Vermeer global dealer network. A 74-horsepower Deutz Final Tier 4 diesel engine powers a 1,200-CFM vacuum blower and 8.0 gpm water pump ..

Vulcan Pumps

The Vulcan Universal Pump design is a revolution in vacuum technology. Based on air-flow technology, it converts pressure energy into velocity energy that collects and transports material over long distances through easy-to-handle 3- or 4-inch-diameter hoses and pipes. The vacuum system can easily ..

Vac-Tron Equipment Develops Game Changer In Micro Trenching

Primarily an installation method for fiber networks, micro trenching involves cutting a narrow and relatively shallow trench, usually on an asphalt roadway. During the process, a vacuum system connected to the cutter wheel cleanly diverts and transports debris away from the worksite. Once the condui..

Ring-O-Matic Introduces Compact Vacuum Excavator, Spin Doctor and Crack Cleaner

Ring-O-Matic’s new compact vacuum excavator unit, FT150, gives rental agencies and startup contractors an economical, versatile hydro-excavator to use on job sites too small for typical vacuum-excavator rigs. It is also well-suited to the entry-level contractor needing a versatile, yet economical, h..

Vactor HXX ParaDIGm Vacuum Excavator Wins Innovation Award

The Vactor HXX ParaDIGm, a compact vacuum excavator, was named a winner at the 15th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. The award was presented to Federal Signal Corporation, parent company to Vactor Manufacturing, the industry leader in vacuum excavators, sewer and catch basin cleaners and industrial..

14th Annual Ditch Witch Customer Event Draws 320 Attendees From 24 Countries

Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, hosted its 14th annual international customer event at the Ditch Witch Barcelona Support Center in Spain. As one of the largest underground construction events in Europe, 320 customers attended, representing 24 countries across Europe, the Middle East an..

Vactor HXX ParaDIGm® Vacuum Excavator Wins Award at 15th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

The Vactor HXX ParaDIGm®, a compact vacuum excavator, has been named a winner at the 15th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. The Chicago Innovation Awards recognize the most innovative new products or services brought to market or public service in the Chicago area each year. The award was presented..

McLaughlin Introduces New Vermeer ECO Series of Truck Mounted Vacuum Excavators for Utility Market

McLaughlin has introduced the new ECO truck-mounted vacuum excavator series to answer the market’s demand for a compact vacuum excavation system that focuses on performance and improved fuel efficiency. Powered by 49, 85 or 99 horsepower (37, 63 or 74 kW) auxiliary engines, ECO Series vacuum excavat..

Vactor HXX Prodigy Power In A Compact Package

For power in a more compact package consider the Vactor HXX Prodigy vacuum excavation truck. The Vactor HXX Prodigy vacuum excavator is the perfect non-destructive machine for utility and municipal applications. Versatile enough to excavate using either air or water as a digging medium, the HXX Prod..

Super Products Arctic Supersucker Vacuum Truck

A popular choice with contractors working throughout the coldest regions of North America, the Arctic Supersucker vacuum truck from Super Products LLC makes dependable operation in harsh conditions easier by relying on a design specifically for use in frigid environments. Offering the same performa..

Vermeer CS418B Core Saw by McLaughlin Offers Speed, Minimal Surface Disturbance

The Vermeer CS418B Core Saw by McLaughlin provides utility contractors the ability to cut 4- to 18-inch diameter holes in improved surfaces, including asphalt and concrete, while minimally impacting the surface structure. The vacuum excavation technology can then be used to visually verify the locat..

AllClean Water Recycling Aims To Improve Conservation, Productivity

Gradall Industries, the manufacturer of Vacall vacuum and jetting products, introduced an AllClean water recycling system for use on Vacall’s AllJetVac combination sewer cleaners. The innovative system was designed with water conservation in mind, as well as to allow operators to work for longer per..

Ditch Witch Enters Air Excavation Market with New FXT Air Series

 Ditch Witch® has introduced a new line of air excavators: the FXT30 Air FXT50 Air, and FXT65 Air. The versatile and high-powered FXT Air system has air and water excavation capabilities, making it ideal for locating utilities or gas leaks in below-grade worksites. “This new line lessen..

Ring-O-Matic HiCFM 850VX offers greatest suction capability of their skid, truck, and trailer mounted designs

Ring-O-Matic HiCFM 850VX offers the greatest suction capability of their skid, truck, and trailer mounted designs. Applications for the HiCFM 850VX include key-holing or potholing buried utilities; cleaning out storm drains; catch basins; drilling fluids; valve boxes; slot trenching; or, assisting ..

Vactor Announces AEM Participation

Vactor Manufacturing, a provider of vacuum excavators for utility, oil and gas, telecommunication and industrial water system applications, announced its participation in the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) Vacuum Excavator Leadership Group – a group formed to develop essential marketi..

Ditch Witch, McLaughlin and Vac-Tron to Host Vacuum Excavation Workshop

As operators and contractors continue to work beneath the earth’s surface, especially as fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and other applications take off, thousands of underground utility lines will need to be exposed to avoid possible damages. It is important to be educated and know your options when it co..

Ring-O-Matic 550 Vacuum Excavator

Powered by an 81-hp CAT turbo diesel engine, the Ring-O-Matic 550 vacuum excavator features a 1,000-cfm blower and delivers 27-gpm at 2,700-psi up to 400-ft. with its 3/4-inch jetter hose. The trailer’s axels are rated to 16,000-lbs., allowing the 550-gallon spoils tank and 500-gallon freshwater tan..

Vactor’s New DigRight™ Technology Benefits Vacuum Excavation of Utilities

According to hydroexcavation best practices, there are set pressure limits based on the depth of the excavation. For example, when excavating 18 inches below the surface, the water pressure limit is 1,500 psi. The maximum water pressure allowed in any situation with a straight jet nozzle is 2,500 ps..

McLaughlin Premiers Truck-Mounted Vac-Ex

by Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor McLaughlin introduced a new truck-mounted vacuum excavator at the 2015 ICUEE show in Louisville, KY. The primary market for the machine is expected to be horizontal directional drilling (HDD) contractors for cleaning up drilling fluid and high-production potholing. T..

Tandem Axle FXT50

Tandem Axle FXT50 Vac Offers Versatility Dual-purpose vacuum excavators have become a common sight on horizontal directional drilling projects, but most are trailer-mounted models used to keep work sites clear of drilling fluids escaping the bore hole and to dig potholes to expose existing utilitie..