Vacuum Excavation

As the underground distribution network becomes increasingly complex the potential for fatalities, cost to repair damaged utilities and possible fines to recover loss of service can be a potential hazard with drilling and excavating services. Vacuum excavation utilizes a high pressure air stream to penetrate, expand and break-up soil. Loose soil and rocks are simultaneously removed by a vacuum. This technique is typically used to create a hole as deep as required to expose the buried utility. When utilized properly, the method is a safe, non destructive means of excavation.

Locate and expose underground utilities with little risk

  • High quality vacuum excavation
  • Dig effectively in most types of soil
  • More productive than open pit/backfill methods
  • Clean and self-contained
  • Compact applications
  • Increased excavation speed

In general, vacuum excavations either expose a utility or remove earth in close proximity to a utility. An example of exposing the utility would be day lighting or potholing a gas main to determine its exact vertical and horizontal position, also known as Quality Level A in the field of Subsurface Utility Engineering. An example of the second general use would be an excavation in preparation for a boring or monitoring well.

Typical Applications:

  • Vacuum Excavating/Utility Potholing
  • Virtually any excavation job that involves existing utilities
  • Quality Level A confirmation of sub-surface utility locations
  • Advanced pre-job surveying and utility mapping
  • Clearing for boring and monitoring well installation

When excavating in the proximity of buried utilities, vacuum excavation is a safe alternative to hydraulic methods and an efficient alternative to hand digging.

Highlights of the Vacmaster 1000

  • Vacuum: 780 cfm, 15" Hg, 4" hose
  • Compressor: 100 cfm @ 150 psi (Air Lance)
  • Engine Type: 4-Cylinder Diesel
  • Model: John Deere 4045T 280
  • Power Rating: 74 hp

Vacmaster System 1000 Brochure.pdf

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