Product Spotlight - November/December 2021

Product Spotlight - November/December 2021

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Attachment gives excavator vacuum excavation capabilities

Vacuum excavation work can be a lucrative business to get into, but typically the initial investment in a truck or trailer unit is sizable. The tinbin TC2, however, allows operators to use their excavators in a similar fashion as a vacuum excavation truck, providing versatility and cost savings to excavation contractors looking to expand their service offerings.

Integrity Rail Products is the North American distributor for the German-made attachment. According to the company’s sales agent, Peter Scholtens, he became interested after seeing the attachment demonstrated at a railway service trade show in Berlin three years ago.

“The unit was used exclusively in the railway industry in Europe, but it was basically performing that same type of work that a large vacuum excavation truck can do,” he says. “I thought that not only would it have a fit in the railway industry in North America, it could be a fit for utility contractors too.”

The tinbin TC2 operates using the excavator’s hydraulics to suck material into its 1-cubic-yard storage tank. The tank may be opened from the excavator cab allowing easy dumping of material collected. Using a 10-inch rotating suction tube with a reinforced serrated crown, the unit can reach depths up to 11 1/2 feet. The unit requires at least a 16-ton excavator to operate.

“It’s a great way of adding suction to your excavators,” says Scholtens. “If you have excavators on site already, you don’t have to wait around for a vac truck. It uses your existing assets effectively.”

The TC2 weighs 2,860 pounds when it is empty. When its full of material, its weight may double. It can be used as a replacement for manual excavation work, excavation for utility repair, utility daylighting and potholing, the removal of silt and mud from larger excavations, and cleaning sewers and storm drains. It can also be used for the gentle exposure of tree roots, the removal of contaminated soils and cleanup of oil spills on water. According to Scholtens, the feedback has been so positive that they hope to introduce a smaller unit by the end of 2021.

“It would be an attachment that can be used on a 10- to 12-ton excavator or a large backhoe, and can be run with a smaller crew,” he says. “The guys using it say it’s a dream come true because it allows them to fit their work windows much better.” 905-928-6415;


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