The Vac-Ex Files: Vac-Tron


Brian Showley, Vice President

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Getting to Work: Before you start any excavation project, don’t forget to call the local One-Call system in your area. You should know the purpose of all the controls, gauges and indicators on your vacuum excavator. Know the load capacity, braking and steering characteristics, turning radius and operating clearances. Check and use all available protective and safety devices. Before you begin your workday, you should inspect your vacuum excavator and have all systems in good operational condition. Do not operate the machine until all deficiencies are corrected. To ensure safety while using a vacuum excavator, be sure to use proper protective gear. This usually includes rubber steel-toe boots, safety glasses, face shield, hard hat, gloves, safety vest and hearing protection.

Favorite Unit: Vac-Tron’s HTV (Hydro Truck Vac) PTO series has debris tanks ranging from 300 to 1,500 gal 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 claw door, reverse pressure and the patented “Big Red” filter housing that cleans the air down to 0.5 microns before it passes back through the vacuum pump. Air compressors and hydraulic booms are also available on most of the HTV series units.

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