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Vacuum trailers a fit for rental market


Columbus, Indiana’s, Gehring Underground sought a way to help contractors by establishing a rental fleet of various-sized vacuum excavators.


The company established MidWest Trenchless Rental and currently stocks six Vac-Tron Equipment vacuum trailers in its fleet. For its customer base, they chose diesel trailer-mounted systems with 500- to 800-gallon debris tanks. “The Vac-Tron LP 573 SDT and LP 873 SDT models are universal machines for utility crews and other contractors who rent from us,” says Matt Chamberlain, safety manager at MidWest Trenchless Rental. “The vacs are sized appropriately, which helps contractors get more production while adhering to DOT weight limits. The units’ 200-gallon freshwater tanks, 3-inch-diameter suction hose and 1,000 cfm vacuum pump are more than capable of potholing in our soil conditions.”


The bulk of the company’s rentals comes from out-of-state utility contractors who have been contracted to do a project in or around Indianapolis. To keep travel costs down, they prefer to rent potholing equipment locally. Most rentals range from a couple of days to a month, and when vacs aren’t being used by utility contractors, they are frequently out on rent with municipalities, electrical contractors using them to dig in shallow electrical lines, sign installers and utility companies digging holes for posts and poles. 888-822-8766; www.vactron.com 


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