Compact PTO-driven hydrovac truck from Vac-Tron keeps road weight limits in check

Compact PTO-driven hydrovac truck from Vac-Tron keeps road weight limits in check
Compact PTO-driven hydrovac truck from Vac-Tron keeps road weight limits in check

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Only one year after releasing its very first HTV (Hydro Truck Vac) PTO, Vac-Tron Equipment has introduced its JTV (Jetter Truck Vac) PTO series. The JTV 873 PTO is a new series of PTO truck-driven systems that combine vacuum excavation with high-pressure jetter capabilities in a compact, easy-to-maneuver package. It’s a fit for applications including sewer jetting, potholing, storm-drain cleaning, and lateral clean-out.

“The focus for this particular truck is on the smaller jet/vac market,” says Brian Showley, vice president for Vac-Tron. “For these customers, the larger combination trucks are overkill for their needs and/or well outside of their budget range.”

The PTO of the truck drives a positive displacement vacuum blower that produces 1,000 cfm at 16 inches Hg vacuum. It also comes standard with reverse pressure, 800-gallon debris tank, 300-gallon water supply, 15 gpm at 3,000 psi water pump, hydraulic rear claw door, Big Red filter housing, and a power retract jetter hose reel with 500 feet of 1/2-inch jetter hose. All those features come in a package that stays under road weight limit requirements, even when fully loaded.

“With the new bridge law requirements being strictly enforced this is an important feature,” says Showley.

A major benefit of the PTO-driven unit is that all components are controlled from the truck, eliminating the extra weight, space and cost of the pony motor. “That means better fuel consumption and less maintenance in the long run,” says Showley.

The available towing package is another benefit, allowing the driver to tow other equipment to the job site to help with efficiency. According to Showley, efficiency can be one of the most important facets of making a profit.

Vac-Tron has several units already being used in the field, and the feedback has been encouraging. While the units have a smaller capacity than the larger combination trucks, customers appreciate the versatility and efficiency the unit offers.

“We already have a waiting list of people wanting to demo one of these trucks. It’s definitely filling a need in the industry.”



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