Vacuum Excavation Showcase

Ditch WitchDitch Witch

To help meet municipal sewer and water workers’ needs for more versatile power in vacuum excavators, the Ditch Witch FXT50 truck vacuum excavator mounts directly to a truck’s frame rails, allowing the system to flex independently of the truck, promising stability and confidence that skid-mounted vacs cannot. Ditch Witch dealers will mount the FXT50 truck vacuum excavator to the single-axle truck of customers’ choosing and can customize the truck with toolboxes and other support equipment (e.g. 1,020-cfm blower, 3,000-psi water system flowing 5 gpm.) According to the company, the FXT50 truck vacuum excavator is the quietest in its horsepower class and offers the best filtration in the industry. For more information, visit

McLaughlin McLaughlin

McLaughlin’s VX 50-500 vacuum excavator features Tier 4 Final engine technology that provides enhanced fuel consumption and a new engine enclosure to help reduce engine noise levels. The soundproofing inside the heavy-gauge engine enclosure reduces vibration, while baffles dampen the engine sound before it’s released into the atmosphere. A large access door to the engine enclosure provides improved accessibility to conduct service and maintenance. Contractors can also lock the enclosure doors, helping to deter potential vandalism to the vital components of the vacuum. An improved external hydraulic door opens at an 85-degree angle, allowing for easier and more rapid dumping and cleaning of the spoils tank. A patented mechanical cam-over locking system provides a 360-degree positive door seal, even under reverse pressure, without additional clamping requirements. For more information, visit

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The new Vacmasters SYSTEM 5000 air-vacuum excavation system is the only other air system in the company’s lineup with the ability to both trench and pothole. Engineered and designed from the ground up, the SYSTEM 5000 uses supersonic air from a proprietary nozzle to rapidly dig in every soil type. All the components, including the 300-cfm/220-psi compressor, the 1,400-cfm positive displacement blower and the high-pressure water system, are all powered by a single, enclosed John Deere 173-hp turbo diesel engine for quiet, dependable operation. Features include: a self-purging filtration system; selectable air or water digging; remote operation up to 200 ft away; fast-acting interceptor canister; fully supervised control panel; full opening rear door; enclosed power-head; and low-maintenance design. For more information, visit


Mounted on a 33,000-lb gross vehicle weight Class 7 truck chassis, the 2014 HXX Prodigy from Vactor Mfg. features a user-friendly control system identical to the controls used on the full-sized HXX HydroExcavator and the addition of a standard extendable boom with 320-degree rotation that provides full coverage of the working area. An optional telescopic boom is also available. The mid-sized Prodigy uses hydro excavation, blasting away soil with jets of up to 10 gpm, at rates from 1,500 to 2,500 psi. The machine features a powerful 16-in. Hg, 3,200-cfm positive displacement blower with a custom-designed and optimized filtration system that can handle both digging mediums — air (185 cfm/150 psi) and water (10 gpm/2,500 psi) — without a bag house. For more information, visit

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