Product Focus - May/June 2020

Product Focus - May/June 2020

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Electronic Utility Locator

RIDGID SeekTech SR-24 line locator

The RIDGID SeekTech SR-24 line locator paired with the RIDGIDtrax app simplifies locating jobs and streamlines the creation of accurate maps of underground utilities to protect critical assets. It is a locating receiver that uses integrated Bluetooth communications to transmit data and GPS coordinates to a mobile device. Its omnidirectional antennas capture the complete signal field, making it easy to locate a line and follow its path. Pairing it with the RIDGIDtrax app for iOS or Android allows for creation of visual maps of underground utilities using a phone or tablet. Multiple lines can be traced, color-coded and named on an overhead satellite image of a job site. It weighs 3.5 pounds, has a battery life of eight hours, wireless range of 200 yards and can be programmed to detect any active frequency from 10 Hz to 35 kHz. 


Ground-Penetrating Radar

Subsite Electronics 2550GR

The 2550GR ground-penetrating radar system from Subsite Electronics has a user-friendly, Windows-based interface that provides operators with a number of productivity-enhancing benefits. Improved software features include easier integration of GPS data and wireless connectivity that enables users to download web-based maps such as Google Earth. It can be used to locate any type of metallic or nonmetallic utility conduit or piping — including PVC — beneath soil, rock, pavement and other surfaces. 


Hydroexcavation Equipment

Comet Industrial Pumps EF and EFR 75/88

EF and EFR 75/88 high-pressure plunger pumps from Comet Industrial Pumps (A Division of Valley Industries) easily handle up to 23 gpm, 4,060 psi and 43 hp. Flexible setup allows for multiple gearbox mounting positions, and a symmetric crankcase allows for simple right-to-left shaft conversion. They are designed with stainless steel and aluminum alloy to provide increased durability. They come standard with heavy-duty seals that have low-pressure lubrication and a circulation chamber. They include oversized tapered roller bearings, solid ceramic plungers, stainless steel piston guides and connecting rods with thin-shell bearings. They come standard with a flange for a direct-drive mount, but they can be adapted for a hydraulic motor, a PTO connection or set up with an input pulley and clutch. 


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. 


Dynablast HV590FLS-12VRED

The HV590FLS-12VRED hydrovac water heater from Dynablast produces 590,000 Btus with an output temperature of 175 degrees F at 7 gpm. An optional electronic 12-volt thermostat can hold more precise water temperature. The unit is suitable for colder climates and improves digging in clay-filled areas. It enables fuel savings of 3/4 gph and weight reduction of 250 pounds over the current 690,000 Btu model. It comes with ETL certification for safety, which also includes certification on the coil for higher efficiency and heat transfer, stainless steel target plate for increased coil life and serviceability with momentary override control. 


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 include 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. 


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.


Gardner Denver Wittig RFL102

The Wittig RFL102 from Gardner Denver is an oil-sealed rotary vane pump for mobile applications. It is capable of running continuously at up to 24 inches Hg vacuum. It produces 417 cfm of free air capacity, while drawing only 26.1 hp, running cool and producing less oil smoke. The additional airflow and vacuum capacity can provide faster fills and quicker off-loads. 


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 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. 


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. 


RAMVAC Vacuum Excavators by Sewer Equipment HX-12

The HX-12 hydroexcavator from RAMVAC Vacuum Excavators by Sewer Equipment has a 12-yard debris box and a standard 4,400 cfm blower designed to match the performance of larger blower machines while delivering fuel economy. Its directional discharge system allows the offloading of debris back into the excavation site without the mess of dumping the tank and lets operators easily blow obstructions out of the dig tube without having to shut down vacuum operations. It is a true all-weather vacuum excavator, as all major water components, including plumbing, water tanks and water pump, are housed within a temperature-controlled environmental chamber to avoid water system freezing when working in subzero temperatures. It includes a long-range wireless remote, NEMA 4 electrical system, a 900,000 Btu water boiler and a three-stage cyclonic filtration system. 877-735-4640;

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. 


Super Products Mud Dog

The Mud Dog hydroexcavator from Super Products is designed for operator convenience and consistent performance in the harshest environments, according to the maker. It offers an air excavation option, allowing the operator to choose water or air. It is available with 12- or 16-yard debris capacity. It comes standard with safe tilt ejection unloading and is equipped with a rear-mounted boom that can reach 27 feet with a 335-degree rotation and can move in a 45-degree-upward and 25-degree-downward pivot. This allows for versatility within dig areas so units do not need to be constantly readjusted into position. 


Tornado Global Hydrovacs 


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. 


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. 


TRUVAC by Westech Coyote

The TRUVAC by Westech Coyote midsize vacuum excavator delivers easier maneuverability in urban environments and boasts a rugged design for harsh environments. With a maximized payload configuration and classic style controls, the truck features a 6-inch vacuum system and high airflow capabilities to maximize performance, a 6-inch hose that reduces hose clogging frequently found on smaller vacuum systems, and a powerful vacuum system capable of up to 3,200 cfm and 16 inches Hg. The 9-cubic-yard, 45-degree-tilting debris body is positioned on the optimal spot of the chassis to ensure the payload is proportionately distributed across all axles simultaneously. It can be upgraded to a 20 gpm at 3,000 psi water pump. 


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. 


Vacuum Truck Rentals Vacall AllExcavate 

The Vacall AllExcavate, available from Vacuum Truck Rentals, combines power and hydrotechnology for efficient excavation in sensitive areas. Hydroexcavation allows for safe, fast, precise and economical work since it greatly reduces the risks of damage to buried lines and reduces the environmental impact. The unit boasts positive displacement blowers ranging from 16 to 27 inches, an 8-foot 6-inch boom and 1,000- to 1,300-gallon water tanks. Oil and gas and high dump options are available. The unit includes a high-pressure water system, rugged debris body, optimized performance in cold weather, double-cyclone filtration and three boom/hose options. 


Westech Vac Systems Wolf

The Wolf noncode hydrovac truck from Westech Vac Systems is suitable for work 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. 


Laser Equipment

RapidView IBAK North America LaserScan Continuous Profile Analysis

RapidView IBAK North America’s ORPHEUS 2.0 and ORPHEUS 2.0 high-definition camera heads include LaserScan Continuous Profile Analysis that allows users to pair their inspection system with IKAS Evolution software to detect deformation of the whole pipe in one continuous motion. When the LaserScan measurement is started, the camera will begin to rotate 300 degrees per second while moving in reverse (reversing speed determines accuracy of measurements). The camera takes a measurement every 12-degree rotation. With the profile analysis report completely integrated, identifying ovality, corrosion, reduction of cross-section, and internal geometry is easy. It is possible to analyze the data report right from the inspection vehicle. 



CUES GraniteNet 

GraniteNet from CUES is a next-generation condition assessment software for the public works industry. It is asset based, which enables it to easily interface with other asset-based software products such as Esri ArcGIS mapping systems and asset management systems including Cityworks, Infor, IBM Maximo and others. Intuitive and easy to use, data and video can be accessed via a web portal. 


Vivax-Metrotech VM-MAP

The VM-MAP application from Vivax-Metrotech is a real-time solution for mapping of buried utilities. Push one button to store depth, GPS coordinates and distance between locates. Download this data onto a PC for further analysis or send it by email from within the application. The data is compatible with Google Maps, asset management and GIS software. It will generate maps in real time, giving confidence to the operator that the data is accurate. Location data is obtained from the mobile phone, the locator’s GPS or an external GPS device of the technician’s choice. Additional site data such as notes and photographs can be manually input as the log is created. It is compatible with both iOS and Android devices and can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play. 



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