Product Focus: Hydroexcavation and Industrial Jet/Vac Services

Product Focus: Hydroexcavation and Industrial Jet/Vac Services

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Hydroexcavation Equipment and Supplies

Comet Pumps ET 55 Series

From small trailers to large truck-mounted units, Comet Pumps’ ET 55 Series pump was designed for hydroexcavating and industrial jet/vac services in mind. Its high-performance features, compact design, and symmetrical crankcase allows for easy right to left shaft conversion — making installation simple and easy to accomplish. It contains high-reliability high-pressure seals with low-pressure lubrication and recirculation chambers proven to withstand corrosion. It can withstand extreme temperatures with its stainless steel suction valves and guiding pistons, nickel-plated brass and an aluminum alloy pump body. It can operate at 1,450 rpm and 3,626 psi. Its shaft support system and tapered roller bearings will enable this pump to run for extended periods of time. 800-864-1649;

Dynablast Pratissoli KT28ASPF

The Pratissoli KT28ASPF water pump package distributed by Dynablast offers 18.4 gpm at 2,900 psi at 1,450 rpm. It has a T13 female spline shaft input and SAE B 2/4 bolt flange for direct mounting to the hydraulic motor. It has a self-lubricating design, so there is no oiler kit or weekly oiling required. Its symmetrical crankcase makes it easy to reverse shaft the pump. Internal fins on an aluminum crank case provide cooling to lower oil temperature. It includes a tapered roller bearing for improved lateral loading, and two bore ceramic plungers that are thicker ceramic on the water end to prevent thermal shock. 905-867-4642;

Enz USA Hydro X

The Hydro X nozzle from Enz USA is available in 3/8-inch NPT or 1/2-inch connecting threads, and it can function at up to 5,000 psi with flow as low as 8 gpm. It combines a powerful, oscillating water jet with a high debris removal rate. A tungsten carbide front jet ensures a longer life than ceramic jets can offer. For quick and easy maintenance, a repair kit is available. Due to the nozzle’s simplicity, repairs can be made quickly and efficiently in the field with little downtime. For the operator’s safety, a plastic cover provides protection against harsh and sensitive environments. 888-369-8721;

Hydra-Flex Ripsaw

The Ripsaw is Hydra-Flex’s rotating hydroexcavation nozzle. Its 0-degree stream rotates at an 18-degree cone of coverage, which increases impingement to dig faster and use less water. A slower stream rotation increases digging power, improves control and reduces the nozzle’s wear and tear to lengthen its life. Built with a heavy-duty coating, stainless steel housing and tungsten carbide wear surfaces, its long-lasting, premium components stand tall against frost, shale and rocky soil. Its coating is nonconductive, which provides extra safety for both users and utilities. It was designed to be repairable, and repair kits can extend the nozzle’s life and have you back up and running in just 10 minutes. 952-808-3640;

RNV Hydrovac2

The RNV Hydrovac2 unit can be placed on an RNV-approved 6-cubic-foot steel construction-grade wheelbarrow to create a powerful portable hydrovac. It can vacuum down vertically to 12 feet, vacuuming effluent sludge, sand and small aggregate. Combining it with a pressure washer or air spade creates a unique excavation solution. The unit weighs 42 pounds, only requires a 1120-volt AC, 15-amp power outlet and will easily run on a 2,200-watt generator or inverter for maximum portability. 607-786-2139;

SewerProShop Raven

The Raven hydroexcavation nozzle from SewerProShop has been precision engineered by Intersewer and manufactured to the highest technical standards of ISO 9001:2008 certification in Germany. The weight has the purpose to counteract the high-pressure kickback of the wand. It is constructed from high-grade stainless steel, is threaded and includes a replaceable ceramic nozzle insert with forward water jet angled at zero degrees or a fan jet. It is rated for 18 gpm at 4,000 psi up to 80 gpm at 2,500 psi. It includes a 1/2- to 1-inch sewer hose connection. It is operator-friendly with no maintenance required. 877-864-9394;

Soil Surgeon hydroexcavating tool

The Soil Surgeon hydroexcavating tool fits any sewer combination truck equipped with a telescoping 6- or 8-inch boom. The tool has a 1-inch water connection. The operator controls water pressure and power through truck controls. It has a 6-foot Tuff-Tube with handles to guide the unit down for potholing or side to side for trenching. Six jets boring inward cut the soil while six boring outward bring the tube down. 949-363-1401;

Hydroexcavation Trucks/Trailers

Brandt HX120

In response to the increasing need for hydrovacs that combine full-size capacity with maneuverability in tight urban spaces, Brandt offers the HX120. This high-pressure performer helps contractors work more efficiently with maximized legal load weights, quicker debris loading and unloading time, and the capacity to take on larger jobs without load weight concerns. The real-time measurement of water and overall truck weight enables operators to make quick, informed decisions, which reduces the risk of damage or overweight penalties. The unit has a 1,150-gallon water tank capacity and 11.6 cubic yards of debris tank capacity, as well as a 28-foot boom reach with 340-degree rotation. It also operates quietly, which is a benefit in urban settings. 866-427-2638;

Ditch Witch HXT Line

Contractors looking for the efficiency and payload capacity of a truck-mounted vacuum excavator can turn to Ditch Witch’s HXT Line of vacuum excavators. The HXT50 and HXT75 are powered by Kubota engines with 50 and 75 hp, respectively, for optimal suction power. The HXT50 has a 1,005 cfm blower and 3,000 psi water pressure. Both units are available with 500-, 800- and 1,200-gallon spoils tank configurations, allowing contractors the freedom to stay on a job site longer and avoid repeated spoils disposal and water refilling. The 500-gallon configuration is designed to be under CDL requirements, allowing contractors to transport the machine without a CDL driver on staff. The HXT75 offers 1,315 cfm and up to 5.5 gpm water pump flow. They are designed with a spoils tank door that can be controlled curbside or remotely to keep operators clean during spoils disposal. Both come with a multifunction remote control option for the boom, allowing operators to more easily control the vacuum hose. 580-336-4402;

GapVax VHX Series

The GapVax VHX Series hydrovac is designed to deliver optimal weight distribution, improved safety features and increased performance. The debris body is 7.5 cubic yards, offering a 15,000-pound payload. The low profile (12 feet, 2 inches) makes it suitable for all-around hydroexcavation projects. The vacuum system with single mode wet/dry filtration is quiet, reliable and simple, according to the maker. It includes a 4,000 cfm positive displacement blower, 600 hp transfer case with air-shift engagement and ultra-quiet air injection, and discharge silencers. This filtration design includes a top-loading debris tank, 14-inch stainless steel float-ball shut-off, efficient centrifugal cyclone separators and long-lasting filter bags. It is equipped with a 12 gpm, 3,000 psi water system with optional 200 cfm air compressor system. A full-tilting debris body, over 45-degree dump angle and full-opening tailgate allow for fast unloading and easy clean-out. The 8-inch telescoping VHX boom offers a 22-foot reach with 15-degree downward pivot. 888-442-7829;

Hi-Vac X-13 Hydro Excavator

The Hi-Vac X-13 Hydro Excavator maximizes productivity and return on investment and minimizes downtime by eliminating high-maintenance components. A modular design provides clean and intuitive controls and simple, planned maintenance accessibility for all critical systems. It is ideal when on-site dumping is required and for off-highway applications that require the maximum legal payload. A 13-cubic-yard debris tank, up to 24,500-pound payload capacity and 1,140-gallon freshwater capacity result in fewer costly job site trips. Power is provided by a 5,800 cfm, 27-inch Hg high-performance blower and a run-dry water pump that delivers 20 gpm at 2,500 psi. The top-mounted, 360-degree boom ensures accessibility in all directions and a heavy-duty, hydraulic vibrator facilitates fast and efficient unloading of the debris body. A severe-duty boiler safely heats water for frozen ground applications. 800-752-2400;

HotJet USA Vac ‘n Jet Series

The HotJet USA Vac ‘n Jet Series of vacuum trailer jetters are rugged, compact, engineered to haul equipment and spoils loads, able to clean valve boxes and storm drains, and able to hydroexcavate and/or clean drainlines and sewer lines. They offer hot- and/or cold-water operation with a choice of engines ranging from 13 to 66 hp and gas or diesel. They are equipped with premium triplex pumps, a 500-gallon spoils tank, 200-gallon water tank, Gardner Denver vac/blowers, 4-ton hydraulic dump and CentriClean filter system. They can also be designed to meet specifications. 800-624-8186;

Lone Star Body Systems Rig Vac

The Rig Vac vacuum-only trailer from Lone Star Body Systems is designed to be used in oil and gas upstream or downstream, sewer septic and large industrial settings. Its size allows it to get into spots trucks can’t. It is available in 500, 800 and 1,000-gallon tanks with multiple pump and blower sizes, with a rear head with a 36-inch manway. It is built on a 4-inch reward slope, and includes a Fruitland RCF 500 27-inch, 338 CFM pump. It features primary and secondary filtration, gravity flow offloading, curbside controls, with an optional winterization package, lighting, tool boxes and rack cabinets. It features a Hatz Diesel belt-drive power source. 254-237-5208;

RAMVAC by Sewer Equipment HX-12

The HX-12 hydroexcavator from RAMVAC by Sewer Equipment has a 12-yard debris tank and a heated, secured equipment locker that contains the entire water system, including water tanks, for cold-weather application and tool security. This machine touts a directional discharge system with the ability to off-load debris back into the excavation site when done, without the mess of dumping the tank. This system also allows operators to blow any obstructions out of the dig hose and get back to work. It includes a long-range wireless remote, NEMA 4 electrical system, an 800,000 Btu water heater and a three-stage cyclonic filtration system. The standard 4,400 cfm blower will match the performance of larger blower machines while delivering fuel economy with the ability to go up to 5,400 cfm. The series offers debris capacities from 3 to 15 cubic yards while maintaining a short overall footprint. 888-477-7638; 

Rival Hydrovac T7 Tandem and T10

The T7 Tandem from Rival Hydrovac was designed primarily to be a unit that could be loaded with debris and drive within legislated road limits with most types of debris on board. The unit comes standard with a scale that reads real-time weights both in the cab and on the wireless remote to confirm weight prior to travel. The T10 is built with the same features and operating system, but with larger capacities and components. It is popular with clients who do both utility and industrial work. It is available in three chassis layouts to meet weight restrictions in a given area. An air compressor option allows for excavating with air when required, while a truck-mounted coring system allows for removal of hard surfaces prior to nondestructive excavating. 403-550-7997;

Tornado Global Hydrovacs F3 ECO-LITE

Tornado Global Hydrovacs engineered the F3 ECO-LITE to have big functionality in a mid-sized platform. It was made specifically to legally haul large payloads in urban environments with a debris capacity of 10 cubic yards and a water capacity of 1,250 gallons. A float-style indicator is positioned on the outside of the debris tank for easy monitoring of volume. It comes with a boom capable of reaching to 26 feet with 342 degrees of rotation and an 8-inch boom hose. The truck uses a 3,800 cfm Robuschi 125 blower, a Pratissoli KT28 water pump and a Dynablast 740,000 Btu burner. A hydraulic dump door measuring 48 by 52 inches is mounted on the back of the tank and sits 42 inches high for easy use over bins. 877-340-8141; 


The TRUVAC TRXX vacuum excavation trailer is easy to learn, operate and maintain. It delivers the power and features required to perform a wide range of safe digging applications including underground utility locating, keyholing for HDD installations, slot trenching and removal of non-hazardous liquids including flood water, drilling spoils, and catch basins. It brings safe digging to a new range of applications to benefit municipalities and landscaping and plumbing contractors, when job locations are tight on space, or less than what would require a full-size truck. Available in 500 and 800 gallons, both offer optional cyclone filtration. A standard wireless multifunction remote control activates all dig, vacuum, and dump functions, including the “Dig and Unclog” feature to streamline the operator’s workflow. An optional strong arm or hydraulic boom extends the reach even further. 800-627-3171;

Vac-Con Mudslinger MS800

The Mudslinger MS800 trailer-mounted hydrovac from Vac-Con is designed to provide the same power, suction and capacity of a truck hydroexcavator on a portable, pull-behind trailer. It includes the choice of Tier 4 diesel or gas engine options providing up to 1,190 cfm and 16 inches Hg with a PD blower and 325 gallons of water. It has an 845-gallon debris tank and a 9-foot boom with 24 inches of hydraulic extension providing a full range of motion. It is designed to be a standalone unit, but can also provide support to construction, HDD and public utility fleets. A variety of applications includes daylighting, potholing, culvert and manhole cleaning, and utility locating. 904-284-4200;

Vacall AllExcavate and AllExcavate2

Standard intelligent controls, easy startup and operation set Vacall AllExcavate and AllExcavate2 machines apart. Both models efficiently remove dirt around utility lines and foundations. Water pumps generate 24.5 to 120 gpm and pressures to 3,000 psi. The AE2 model adds air excavation at 185 cfm and dual psi of 110 and 150. Water system, wand, control panel, tools and worker apparel are protected in a heated compartment. An AllSmartFlow CAN bus intelligent control system features a programmable LCD display that monitors engine, water flow, air pressure and vacuum performance for precise boom and reel adjustments. Aluminum water tanks with lifetime warranty carry 1,000 to 1,300 gallons. Galvanized debris tanks have a supreme finish, and are available with 8-, 10- and 13-cubic-yard capacities. They use one engine to power the chassis and excavation functions, reducing service and operation costs. 800-382-8302;

Vermeer VXT300

Vermeer’s VXT300 truck vac is outfitted with an 8-cubic-yard spoil tank, 6-inch dig tube and the ability to carry up to 800 gallons of water so crews can maximize productivity on the job. It is designed with a low overall height of 11.5 feet to efficiently transport spoils from the job site to the dumpsite. The vac truck is built on a Kenworth T370 truck chassis with a 350 hp diesel engine and a six-speed automatic 3,000 RDS Allison transmission. The truck’s PTO drive powers its Roots 624 vacuum blower with a maximum flow of 3,500 cfm and maximum suction of 18 inches Hg. The water pump is capable of producing 10 gpm at 3,000 psi for productivity on large jobs as well as when digging at deeper depths. 800-837-6337;

Wachs Utility Products Trav-L-Vac and Hydro-Vac

Trav-L-Vac and Hydro-Vac trailers and skid-truck-mounted systems from Wachs Utility Products are safe and cost-effective tools for precise utility excavation. Popular options for basic vacuum needs, they allow utility companies and public works departments to perform small to midsize vacuum tasks without the massive investment of a large highway vac truck. The smaller gas powered Trav-L-Vac is available as either a compact trailer or a skid-mount model, suitable for valve box cleaning and excavation. When combined with a P-2 handheld valve exerciser, it’s a good starting point for smaller organizations and municipalities looking to self-perform their valve maintenance activities. The larger Hydro-Vac trailer, available in either gas- or diesel-powered trailer and skid models, is suited for bigger jobs such as trenching and excavating. Customizable to fit needs and budget, its future upgrade path allows you to configure a trailer with hydraulics today, then add an ERV-750 valve exerciser later. 847-537-8800;

Jet/Vac Combination Trucks/Trailers 

Aryan Pumps combination machines

Combination sewer cleaning trucks from Aryan Pumps include a hose cassette apparatus with a combined arm to simplify hose storage. It holds continuous lengths of 65 feet of suction hose, so there is no need to couple hose extensions for deep suction. It includes easy in-and-out functionality and comfortable handling of the hose through the telescopic design of the arm. It includes a roller track for smooth operation, and the wide reach of the telescopic extension helps operators with vehicle parking flexibility. The unit offers single-person suction and jetting operation from the rear side of the vehicle. 248-464-8853;

Bucher Municipal North America FlexLine

FlexLine C120 and C60 combination sewer cleaners from Bucher Municipal North America are used for preventive cleaning, emergency cleaning of mains, septic, collection tanks and hydroexcavation. They offer 8- and 15-cubic-yard capacities, 7.2 and 14.5 psi, a jetting hose reel with more than 492 feet of capacity, a 5-inch suction hose with 7-foot extension, a hydraulic end cover that opens upwards, minimizing obstructions on roads and sidewalks, two control panels placed for easy operation, and a 5,100 psi at 5 gpm hydroexcavation pump. 704-658-1333;

Super Products Camel Max Series

Camel Max Series combination sewer cleaners from Super Products allow operators to tackle various applications with jetting, vacuuming and excavating. The product line comes in a variety of model configurations: 900 Dump, 1200 Dump, 1200 Eject and 1200 Wastewater Recycle. All 1200 models come standard with a high-dump subframe, eliminating the need to back up a ramp for debris removal. The 1200 Dump is capable of dumping into a 42-inch container while maintaining a low overhead height and a low center of gravity for increased stability. The 1200 Eject allows operators to have the only controlled way to dump safely into a 48-inch container without the need of additional containment products. The 1200 Wastewater Recycle enables operators to clean sewers without the use of freshwater, and is capable of cleaning nearly 3,000 feet of sewer pipe per day and saving 60,000 gallons of water per week. 800-837-9711;


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