Product Focus - March 2021

Product Focus - March 2021

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Air Excavation Equipment

RAMVAC Vacuum Excavators by Sewer Equipment AX Air Excavator

The AX Air Excavator from RAMVAC Vacuum Excavators by Sewer Equipment is mounted on a non-CDL chassis for operator efficiency. This truck series comes standard with a single-engine design with 12-volt electrical controls and manual hand valves for ease of use and maintenance while offering onboard water for the ability to excavate with both air and water. With payload capacities from 5,000 to 12,000 pounds, the hydraulic rear door allows operators to dump spoils quickly and easily. The blower can be customized to achieve the results needed in any applications, with capacities of 18 or 27 inches Hg, 1,400 or 3,000 cfm, and hose diameters of 4 or 6 inches. All water systems are contained within a single heated enclosure for cold-weather applications while also offering ample tool storage. 888-477-7638;

Drilling Fluid


TRU-BORE from Wyo-Ben is a highly concentrated bentonite-based drilling fluid that stabilizes formations ranging from clay soils to sands and gravels. By forming a thin, tough filter cake, the fluid loss to areas around the borehole is reduced. Its gel strengths allow it to be very efficient at suspending and carrying cuttings. These factors, along with being NSF certified, make it an effective risk management tool. 800-548-7055;

Horizontal Directional Drilling

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;

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 multiple trailer configurations, including the VT9 trailer that, when equipped with the 500-gallon tank, does not require a CDL to transport. 800-654-6481;

Dynablast Pratissoli Pumps KT28ASPF

The Pratissoli Pumps KT28ASPF high-pressure water pump, distributed by Dynablast, is ideal for hydroexcavating. It offers 18.4 gpm, and 2,900 psi at 1,450 rpm. It is available with a T13 female spline shaft and SAE two-/four-bolt flange for direct mounting to the hydraulic motor. Reducing the pump speed to lower water flow for hydrovac use can result in increased pump life and reduced water bypass. It has a self-lubricating design, with no oiler kit or weekly oiling required. Its symmetrical crankcase makes it easy to reverse shaft the pump. Internal fins on the aluminum crankcase provide cooling to lower oil temperature. A tapered roller bearing provides improved lateral loading. Its two-bore ceramic plungers have thicker ceramic on the water end to prevent thermal shock. 905-867-4642;

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;

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;

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; and can clean valve boxes and storm drains, and 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;

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, according to the maker, and the operating system is engaged through one PTO switch. The remainder of the operation occurs from the rear panel or the wireless remote. 403-550-7997;

Presvac Systems Hydrovac

The Presvac Systems Hydrovac is designed for versatility and cold-weather operation with optional full compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation specifications for collection or transportation of hazardous materials. The high-vacuum blower allows extraction of all types of soils, gravel, rock, clay, water and silt material, with knockout features in the debris tank minimizing carryover. Modular filtration configured to blower size provides blower protection and minimal maintenance, according to the maker. It comes with a heavy-duty, 8-inch boom that extends up to 25 feet with six-way hydraulic power and wireless controls for all boom functions, a soft-start water pump, vacuum breaker and truck engine speed. 800-387-7763;

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;

Super Products Mud Dog

The Mud Dog vacuum excavator from Super Products provides a safe and efficient alternative to traditional digging. It is designed for operator convenience and consistent performance even in the harshest environments. Units come standard as hydroexcavators with an optional air excavation package, which allows an operator to always choose the best application, water or air, for the job. It is available with 12- or 16-yard debris capacity and has a 1,500- to 2,000-gallon water tank capacity. Each model comes standard with tilt ejection unloading, and a rear-mounted boom that reaches 27 feet, has 335-degree rotation and can move in a 45-degree upward and 25-degree downward pivot. This allows for versatility within dig areas so that units do not need to be constantly readjusted into position. 800-837-9711;

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 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;

Transway Systems Terra-Vex HV38

The Transway Systems Terra-Vex HV38 has a 12-yard debris tank with onboard scales for efficient hauling and offloading, complete with a 26-foot-by-8-inch telescoping 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;

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;

Vac-Con X-Cavator

The X-Cavator hydrovac from Vac-Con includes a cold-weather enclosure for the water systems and control panel, as well as an interior area for operator seating and workspace. Unit filtration is based off of the Titan combination machine, with a single-cyclone design and final cartridge-style filter. The redesigned boom is lightweight and flexible, rotating 310 degrees around the unit and moving plus 45 degrees and negative 22 degrees vertically. The durable rubber hose material can withstand harsh environments, according to the maker, and has a reach of 26 feet. 904-284-4200;

Pipe Lining/Cutting

AGRU America Sure-Grip

Sure-Grip liners from AGRU America are made of HDPE, HDPE-el, PP, PVDF or ECTFE, and serve as a long-term alternative to spray-applied concrete protection products. The liners prevent concrete corrosion and degradation, can substantially extend the lifetime of a structure, and by preventing exfiltration and infiltration, provide direct protection for the environment. The liners have anchoring systems that enable construction in areas of significant backpressure. Unlike spray-applied liners, which have to be reapplied regularly due to cracking or delamination, these liners are long-lasting, and are designed to avoid the residuals cost often associated with concrete spray-on liners, which require tank emptying and cleaning every few years for reapplication. 843-546-0600;

Enz USA Milling Cutter

The Enz USA Milling Cutter offers a complete line of cutting solutions for the toughest projects. The milling cutters can remove the hardest deposits such as lime scale and concrete. They work with a percussion system of 600 to 3,000 impulses per minute and up to 15 tons of impact force. For lime scale, carbide teeth are recommended, and for concrete, diamond teeth. It can be used in pipes from 1.2 inches with the ML28 up to a 240-inch pipe. Most of the milling cutters work with recycled water. In many cases, the use of a percussion milling cutter is the only alternative to digging up pipes under foundations or roads. The diamond crown cutter can even remove protruding laterals. 877-362-8721;

Pipe Bursting

HammerHead Trenchless HydroBurst 100XT

Underground contractors can use HammerHead Trenchless HydroBurst 100XT static pipe bursting equipment as an effective method to replace existing water mains, gas pipelines and sewer lines. Pipe bursting follows the path of the existing utilities, reducing utility strike risks and eliminating up to 85% of excavation work compared to opencut methods. 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;

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;


The R8 pipe bursting system from RODDIE is easy to use, lightweight, can be set up vertically or horizontally, and can also be adjusted to use three different size cables. This unit can replace 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 6- and 8-inch pipes with ease and speed. Inexpensive cable grabbing inserts last 70 to 120 jobs, which reduces costs. High-quality tool steels on articulating bursting heads promote rare resistance for long-lasting service. The pulling rate is 8 feet per minute and is hydraulically powered from your tractor providing a pulling force of 30 tons. The wireless remote system is reliable and has a signal strength that moves through any cellar wall. Maintaining the system is simple, as the user only needs to rinse off and re-grease six Zerk fittings. 888-406-3821;

TRIC Tools X30

The redesigned X30 puller from TRIC Tools includes a new top bridge (the piece with the upper grippers and the handle) that is reshaped to maximize strength and minimize weight. Coincidentally, this will also reduce production cost. The end result is a pulling unit that is lighter by at least 10 pounds (70 versus 85 pounds), stronger where it needs to be, and less expensive overall. 888-883-8742;


Subsite Electronics Field Scout Mobile Bore Planning App

The Field Scout Mobile Bore Planning App from Subsite Electronics allows the user to walk the intended bore path of their next job and record waypoints and obstacles on an Apple or Android mobile device. From there, they can email a plan for approval or further action, and forward to a crew to show what daylighting needs to be done. They can even upload the plan to the Commander 7 HDD Guidance Display with ScoutView to reference while boring in real time. As part of the Green Ops HDD bore process, Field Scout can reduce risk and improve drill time efficiency, maximizing profitability on every bore. 800-846-2713;

Vermeer MV Solutions McLaughlin McL 24C auger boring machine

The McLaughlin McL 24C auger boring machine from Vermeer MV Solutions provides thrust and torque for installing casings ranging from 4 to 24 inches in diameter. Equipped with a 24.6 hp Caterpillar three-cylinder Tier 4 diesel engine for quiet and clean operation, it delivers 98,000 pounds of forward thrust and an auger torque of 6,339 foot-pounds. It has an Operator Presence Control hydraulic clutch to help reduce spinback and the risk of machine rollovers. 352-728-2222; 


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