Product Focus - March 2020

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Air Excavation Equipment

RAMVAC Vacuum Excavators by Sewer Equipment AX air excavator

The AX air excavator series from RAMVAC Vacuum Excavators by Sewer Equipment offers a simple, single-engine design with 12-volt electrical controls and manual hand valves for ease of use while also providing operators the ability to excavate with both air and water effectively using only one truck. This series offers payload capacities from 5,000 to 12,000 pounds while the hydraulic rear door allows operators to dump spoils quickly and easily. It allows the user to customize the blower to capacities of 18 or 27 inches Hg, 1,400 or 3,000 cfm and hose diameter of 4 or 6 inches. All water systems are contained within a single heated enclosure for cold weather applications while also offering ample standard tool storage. 

888-477-7638; www.ram-vac.com


Drill Bits

Infinity Tool PDC bits and reamers

Horizontal directional drilling PDC bits and reamers from Infinity Tool allow technicians to bore through rock three to five times faster than conventional methods. They offer increased penetration rates, as well as increased speed, less stress placed on the drill rig, and lower weight on the bit and torque requirements. They are manufactured from a one-piece steel body for strength and durability, and they are available in a range of designs and in sizes from 1 7/8 to 18 inches. The reamers are designed with a taper and a spiral, are manufactured in push or pull body configuration and are available in sizes from 6 to 48 inches. 

618-439-4042; www.infinitytoolmfg.com


Melfred Borzall Eagle Claw SD

The Eagle Claw SD bit from Melfred Borzall has integrated dome carbide blocks in the body to give greater wear protection and cutting power. Added conical carbides on the upper cutting face add more aggression to the bit’s cutting power. The dome carbide blocks on the opposite side of the body also help transfer more power to the cutting surface as they push against the wall pack during rotation down the hole. The balanced cutting design ensures there is no vibration up the rod and to the rig so that wear protection extends to the rest of the rig. 

800-558-7500; www.melfredborzall.com


Drilling Fluids

ProAction Fluids ProVis XP

ProVis XP from ProAction Fluids can help improve viscosity, gel strength or filtration control of a ProAction or bentonite-based mix, using a 100% silica-free, biopolymer blend. Compatible with all major brands of bentonite, in most cases just 5 pounds of the product will increase gel strength by 60% (when added to 100 pounds of a 2% bentonite mix). This lowered plastic viscosity means easier flow while maintaining carrying capacity. While bentonite loads exceeding 200 pounds can be effective in certain high-density soil conditions, this high percentage of bentonite along with increased viscosity can have several negative effects, including increased likelihood of frac out due to increased annular pressures, decreased mud pump efficiency and increased rotational and pull back pressures. The product modifies gel strength and filtration control with minimal increase in overall fluid system viscosity. It can be poured directly into a tank or through the hopper. 

318-865-8568; www.proactionfluids.com


Wyo-Ben UNI-DRILL

UNI-DRILL from Wyo-Ben is a fast-mixing, liquid polyanionic cellulose polymer designed for all types of water-based drilling fluids. It is nonfermenting and works well with even the most difficult water quality. While its primary function is fluid loss control, it offers suitable shale inhibition and lubricity, making it a true total mud conditioner. It has seen use in all types of drilling applications where changing soil conditions present challenges to drilling contractors. Its properties coupled with simple mixing instructions allow for minimizing or the elimination of other additive inventories. Since it is highly concentrated, users can always do more with less, saving money in the long run. 

800-548-7055; www.wyoben.com


HDD

Akkerman 1525B/D

The 1525B/D hydraulically driven high-pressure pump from Akkerman is used for effective pilot tube and other pipe jacking operations particularly on larger-diameter bores. The large, 525-gallon tank offers in-tank agitation for continuous mixing, independent agitation, or agitate and pump to maintain optimal mud viscosity. It displaces a Marsh Funnel viscosity as high as 50 seconds with pump flow up to 10 gpm at 2,500 psi. It is powered by a 20.7 hp diesel engine with an 8-gallon fuel tank. Like its 325-gallon counterparts, it is simple, safe and reliable. There are few moving parts, no belts and a shrouded agitator. The stepped platform makes it easy for operators to access and fill the tank. 

800-533-0386; www.akkerman.com


Subsite Electronics TK RECON Series

The TK RECON Series HDD guidance system from Subsite Electronics offers all the benefits of the original TK Series built on an advanced-technology base that allows the company to incorporate several performance-enhancing features now and to accept upgraded features in the future. With more battery choices than the competition and improved radio performance with increased interference immunity and faster information transfer, the series is designed to enable operators to be more productive and efficient on every job site. 

800-846-2713; www.subsite.com


Hydroexcavation Equipment

Ditch Witch HX30G

The HX30G vacuum excavator from Ditch Witch boasts high-profile power in a low-profile design that eases navigation in congested and height-restricted areas. It is powered by a 31 hp Vanguard gas engine for optimal suction power and water pressure. To boost efficiency on any job, it comes with a powerful 542 cfm blower, 3,000 psi water pressure and 4.2 gpm water flow. It is offered with the choice of a 500- or 800-gallon tank for a variety of job requirements. The machine is available in a variety of trailer configurations, including the VT9 trailer that, when equipped with the 500-gallon tank, does not require a CDL to transport. 

800-654-6481; www.ditchwitch.com


Dynablast Pratissoli HY-PACK KF28ASPF-P84CC

The Pratissoli HY-PACK KF28ASPF-P84CC water pump package from Dynablast offers 24 gpm at 2,900 psi at 1,000 rpm. It has a T14 female spline shaft input and SAE C 2/4 bolt flange with Interpump 84CC FOX piston hydraulic motor. It comes with a 420 forged stainless steel nickel-coated manifold, stainless steel valve cages for increased valve life, a self-lubricating design with no oiler kit or weekly oiling required, symmetrical crankcase with easy-to-reverse shaft, internal fins on the aluminum crankcase that provide cooling to lower oil temperature, a tapered roller bearing for improved lateral loading, two-bore ceramic plungers, and a thicker ceramic on the water end to prevent thermal shock. 

905-867-4642; www.dynablast.ca


Easy Kleen Pressure Systems Wildcat Heaters

Wildcat Heaters high-pressure, oil-fired hot-water/steam heaters and hydraulic pump systems from Easy Kleen Pressure Systems are designed for reliability and efficiency and are installation-ready for vacuum trucks and hydroexcavators. A full range of heater options includes dry steam, redundancy packages, Schedule 80 and 160 stainless steel or A53 boiler pipe, fine-tuned temperature and flow-control systems. All coils are manufactured in-house, with CRN boiler-approved coils now available. Heaters can be designed for mounting in a cabinet or supplied as a completed cabinet unit. They are CSA and ETL approved. Hydraulic pumping systems are available. 

800-315-5533; www.easykleen.com


GapVax HV33

Designed to safely transport water and debris in urban areas, the GapVax HV33 is shorter, smaller and more compact than its predecessor. It is 30 feet long overall on a medium-duty chassis and includes a 600-gallon water tank, 6-cubic-yard debris body, 6- or 8-inch top-mounted telescoping boom with a 14- to 17.5-foot reach, 4,000 cfm power and an inverted, full-opening tailgate. 

888-442-7829; www.gapvax.com


HotJet USA Vac ’n Jet Series

The HotJet USA Vac ’n Jet Series of vacuum trailer jetters are rugged and compact; are engineered to haul equipment and spoils loads; can clean valve boxes and storm drains; and can hydroexcavate and/or clean drainlines and sewer lines. They offer hot- and/or cold-water operation with a choice of engine options ranging from 13 to 66 hp and gas or diesel operation. 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 centri-clean filter system. They can also be custom-engineered and designed to meet specifications. 

800-624-8186; www.hotjetusa.com


Hydra-Flex Machete

The Machete hydroexcavating nozzle from Hydra-Flex channels water in an oscillating motion, creating a smaller spray angle. This in turn provides a direct stream with a more forceful impact. This premium penetration will allow faster digging and more precise trenching capabilities. Its durable, replaceable cover allows for instant changeability while increasing the overall nozzle’s life span. It is available in three sizes, with operating pressure ranges from 1,000 to 3,200 psi with a heat rating of 180 degrees F. Generating more power, it will last in excess of 500 hours, improving digging times and replacement costs. 

952-808-3640; www.hydraflexinc.com


Rival Hydrovac T7 Tandem

The T7 Tandem hydrovac from Rival Hydrovac was designed primarily to be loaded with debris and driven 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 weights prior to travel. It is operator-friendly, and the operating system is engaged through one PTO switch. The remainder of the operation occurs from the rear panel or the wireless remote. The components are high performance, and the unit will dig at levels competitive to large units, according to the maker. 

403-550-7997; www.rivalhydrovac.com


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; www.soilsurgeoninc.com


Super Products Mud Dog

The Mud Dog hydroexcavator from Super Products is designed for operator convenience and consistent performance in the harshest environments. It is available with an air excavation option, which allows the operator to always choose the best application, water or air, for the job. It is available with 12- or 16-yard debris capacity. Each model comes standard with tilt ejection unloading, which provides a safe dumping solution, and is equipped with a rear-mounted boom that can reach 27 feet and has 335-degree rotation. 

800-837-9711; www.superproductsllc.com


Tornado Global Hydrovacs F4 ECOLITE

The F4 ECOLITE from Tornado Global Hydrovacs has a 12-cubic-yard mud tank and holds 1,550 gallons of freshwater. The unit is more than 7,000 pounds lighter than the company’s older models and offers more than double the payload. The boom has a 342-degree rotation and a 26-foot reach. The smaller F3 ECOLITE is a 10-cubic-yard, 1,250-gallon tandem-axle unit that more than doubles older payload capacities. It features an 8-inch boom and 3,800 cfm blower. 

877-340-8141; www.tornadotrucks.com


Transway Systems Terra-Vex HV38

The Transway Systems Terra-Vex HV38 has a 12-yard debris tank with onboard scales for efficient hauling and off-loading, complete with a 26-foot-by-8-inch telescopic boom. It has a one-touch-operated hydraulic half-door with a 3,800 cfm at 27 inches Hg hydraulically driven blower. Water pressure is achieved with a hydraulically driven triplex pump, delivering 10 gpm at 3,600 psi from a 1,000-gallon HDPE baffled water tank. The water is heated with a 420,000 Btu diesel-fired burner for cold-weather operation. 

800-263-4508; www.transwaysystems.com


TRUVAC by Vactor Paradigm

Designed for utility, municipal and contractor customers involved in the installation, maintenance and repair of underground water, sewer, gas, electric and telecommunications lines, the Paradigm subcompact vacuum excavator from TRUVAC by Vactor can dig holes with water or air; vacuum, contain and dispose of drill mud; power pneumatic, hydraulic or electrical tools; and provide transport and storage of replacement parts, equipment and tools. The truck’s Park-n-Dig design minimizes time between job site arrival and excavation, including the ability to dig up to 6 feet without additional pipe and hose. The air compressor powers utility tools such as jackhammers and tampers. The truck offers tool storage space, including a long-handle toolbox. The truck can tow up to 20,000 pounds. 

800-627-3171; www.truvac.com


Vac-Con X-Cavator

The X-Cavator from Vac-Con is designed to be powerful, durable, efficient and easy to operate. It features a hydrostatic drive using the chassis engine for vacuum, eliminating the need for PTO, clutch and gearbox operation. It is available with water systems up to 4,000 psi and a mobile, wireless remote-control system for chassis engine revolutions per minute, boom, automatic vacuum breaker, dump controls and hydraulic door locks from up to a half-mile away. The boom rotates 270 degrees. 

904-284-4200; www.vac-con.com


Westech Vac Systems Wolf

The Wolf noncode hydrovac truck from Westech Vac Systems is suitable for oil and gas customers working in extreme conditions. The debris body is positioned on the optimal chassis location to ensure the payload is proportionately distributed across all axles, maximizing legal payload for customers and improving operational efficiency. The side-mounted water tanks reduce the weight by more than 40%, lowering the overall cost of the truck. The 1,500-gallon capacity ensures ample water for large or remote jobs. A top-mounted, no-touch water fill system is easily accessible from the passenger side of the vehicle. The debris body is lifted using a telescoping, dual-acting hydraulic cylinder capable of 36,000 pounds of force. When fully extended, the debris body exceeds a 45-degree dump angle for fast and efficient off-loading. To help the off-loading process, a heavy-duty, hydraulically powered tank vibrator is mounted to the belly of the debris body. 

780-955-3030; www.westechvac.com


Mud/Slurry Pump

Gorman-Rupp engine-driven pump

Engine-driven pumps from Gorman-Rupp can be used to supply large quantities of water for hydraulic fracturing operations and centrifugal pumps used on blending and hydration rigs. Solids-handling self-priming trash pumps can be used for drilling rig cellar pumpout, transferring drilling mud slurries, frac tank and reserve pit water transfer, tank loading, and closed-loop recirculation. 

419-755-1011; www.grpumps.com


Pipe Bursting

HammerHead Trenchless HydroBurst 100XT

Pipe bursting contractors can have 99 tons of pulling force for their sewer line, waterline and gas line replacement jobs from the powerful, compact HydroBurst 100XT static pipe bursting system from HammerHead Trenchless. Offering a tethered remote control, the streamlined unit pays out rod quickly due to its automated rod spinning assembly and the design of its hydraulic cylinders. The unit weighs just 3,200 pounds and is only 39 inches high by 30 inches wide. 

800-331-6653; www.hammerheadtrenchless.com


Pow-R Mole Trenchless Solutions PD-33M  

The PD-33M pipe bursting machine from Pow-R Mole Trenchless Solutions is designed to replace existing underground pipes 2 to 6 inches in diameter. Its nonslip, cylinder-activated jaws prevent cable damage while providing 60,000 pounds of pulling force. It offers a cost-effective alternative to opencut excavation, reducing customer disruption and increasing company profits. The process replaces the existing pipe with a fused HDPE pipe, which eliminates all joints, and allows the operator to pull through bends such as 45-degree fittings. This system is modular and can be easily disassembled and reassembled for manhole and basement applications. With a compact design and very small footprint of only 20 by 20 inches, this unit can be used in tight locations. 

800-344-6653; www.powrmole.com


Spartan Tool UnderTaker

With 30 tons of lateral pulling force, the UnderTaker pipe bursting system from Spartan Tool employs a hydraulically powered cylinder that pulls a bursting head through the existing line while simultaneously replacing it with seamless, high-flow, code-approved HDPE pipe. With a small hole at each end of the run, the user can pull pipe from the building to the main, accommodate bends in the pipe, increase diameter and lay new line at a rate of up to 5 feet per minute. The system allows replacement of 2- to 6-inch pipe with up to three 45-degree bends in the pipe. It can also upsize from 4- to 6-inch pipes. When assembled, the unit weighs 210 pounds, but it disassembles into four separate components for easy transport, with no part weighing more than 70 pounds. 

800-435-3866; www.spartantool.com



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