... Pipeline Product EXPO: Vacuum Excavation

Vacuum Excavator Pipeline Product EXPO

Hi-Vac Corp. X-Vac X-6 Hydro ExcavatorThe Pipeline Product EXPO for the September 2017 issue features vacuum excavators. The following machines are the newest and/or most popular units for oil and gas pipeline-related work.

Hi-Vac Corp. X-Vac X-6 Hydro Excavator

Marietta, Ohio-based Hi-Vac Corp. offers the X-Vac X-6 Hydro Excavator, ideal for utility work including potholing and utility location. Hydro excavation is one of the best ways to approach this work because unlike other excavation equipment, the water used by hydro excavators can remove soil without damaging fiberglass piping and other fragile parts of underground utility equipment.

The single-axle X-6 Hydro Excavator has a powerful 3,400 cfm at 16-in. Hg vacuum blower with a small footprint. The 570-gallon water capacity and 10 gpm at 2,000 psi Triplex water pump assures that all hydro excavation needs will be met effectively and efficiently.

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The X-6 also features a 6-in. high capacity vacuum system, with cyclonic dust separators and 6-cu-yd debris body. The polygraphite rust-free water tanks come with a lifetime warranty. Optional features include a 400,000 btu heater, heated enclosure and a 27-in. Hg at 2,300 cfm blower.

For more information, visit x-vac.com.

McLaughlin MEGA VAC VXT Vacuum TruckMcLaughlin MEGA VAC VXT Vacuum Truck

The Vermeer MEGA VAC VXT truck series is a highly productive vacuum excavator designed for utility and distribution contractors in search of a reliable, cost-effective solution for high-production potholing projects. The new 6-in. (15.2 cm) PTO-driven series comes in three standard spoil capacities — the VXT6 (6-yard), the VXT8 (8-yard), and the VXT10 (10-yard) — ranging from 1,200 to 2,000 gallons (4542.5 to 7570.8 L). The series is powered by the industry-proven OMSI Gearbox and a ROOTS 3200 CFM (91 m3/min) blower.
Many contractors must balance the need for maximum spoil tank capacity with increasingly stringent weight regulations and restrictions. The VXT6 and VXT8 MEGA VACs were designed with scalability as a
top priority.

The new CAN Control system allows for two-way communication between the remote control and vacuum excavator, which helps contractors increase jobsite productivity. The Vacuum Neutral feature adds to operator safety and productivity on the jobsite. In Vacuum Neutral mode, the blower breathes free air and stops suction without the need to close the hydraulic gate valve in the boom. This allows an operator to work safely near the boom without having to shut the vacuum off.

For more information, visit mclaughlinunderground.com.

Super Products Mud Dog 1600 Hydro VacSuper Products Mud Dog 1600 Hydro Vac

Specifically designed for optimal performance in oil field, mining and cold weather environments, the Mud Dog 1600 hydro excavator features a 16-yard debris body, 2,000-gallon water tank setup and rear-mounted boom that in addition to offering 335-degree rotation can pivot down 25 degrees for 8 ft of extra digging and access to hard-to-reach areas.

For outstanding digging performance, the 1600 offers water pressures up to 18 gpm at 3,000 psi in combination with its 8-in. positive displacement vacuum system that provides air flow of 5,800 cfm/28 Hg to ensure thorough cleanup of debris. An onboard boiler heats up the high-pressure water to break up frozen, stubborn material and flush out tight spaces efficiently. Winter recirculation, anti-freeze and air purge systems ensure the unit performs optimally in even the harshest of climates. And its aluminum cabinet, heated by dual 714,000 Btu/Hr heaters, provides easier access and increased storage capacity.

For fast, thorough and safe debris removal, the 1600 uses Super Products’ unique ejection unloading technology. And its tilt-unloading feature ensures that liquids in the debris tank are cleared quickly and efficiently even when unloading in an up-slope/nose down position.

For more information, visit superproductsllc.com.

Vactor HXX Paradigm Vacuum ExcavatorVactor HXX Paradigm Vacuum Excavator

Streator, Illinois-based Vactor Mfg. has introduced an air-only version of the Vactor HXX Paradigm vacuum excavator. The Paradigm’s modular design allows Vactor to tailor the vacuum excavator to meet specific customer needs – with or without air, and with or without water. The air-only configuration of the Paradigm is equipped with the choice of air compressor rated at 185 cfm at 150 psi or 300 cfm at 250 psi.

The Paradigm can also be configured with several different water system configurations, including a wash-down system rated for 4 gpm at 2,500 psi equipped with a 100-gallon water tank, or a hydroexcavation system rated for 8 gpm at 2,500 psi equipped with a 300-gallon
water tank.

Vactor also recently introduced an extreme terrain configuration of the Paradigm truck that features a Mattracks 400 series rubber track conversion system for pipeline, utility and construction applications.

For more information, visit vactor.com.

Vulcan Pumps Industrial Vacuum SystemsVulcan Pumps Industrial Vacuum Systems

Birmingham, Alabama-based Vulcan Pumps manufacturers a vacuum excavator tool for contractors, utility companies, industrial plants and more. The vacuum system has no moving parts and is powered by compressed air, either plant air or portable air compressors. The company boasts that the Vulcan Pumps Vacuum System is “explosion proof.”

The Vulcan Vacuum System is as powerful as an expensive vacuum truck at 16-in. Hg. The Vacuum System operates in all types of weather and excavates where a backhoe cannot. The unit vacuums mud, sludge, dirt, rock, liquids, muck and more. It can be used in such applications as excavation, natural gas and utility pipelines work, hazard waste material, material cleanup and others.

For more information, visit vulcanpumps.com.


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