Product Focus: Utility Locating and Surveying

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Electronic Utility Locators

CUES AccuPoint

The CUES AccuPoint precision locator and transmitter features depth measurement, guidance mode and compass orientation to make sonde and line locates easier and safer. Locating and tracing CCTV inspection systems can present major difficulties. This can be made even worse in cases where a pipe has rubber seals, insulators or gaps between sections. These problems, if not overcome, can result in costly repairs, delays and in some instances personal injury. Sewer and storm industry sonde and line locator kits like the AccuPoint series were designed to address these issues. Ease of use is at the heart of the products, coupled with the accuracy, repeatability and reliability. 


RIDGID SeekTech Locator 18V Adaptor

The RIDGID SeekTech Locator 18V Adaptor is a flexible power option, attaching to the SeekTech SR-20, SR-24 and NaviTrack Scout to allow use with a RIDGID 18-volt battery. Compact in size — 3.7 by 2.9 by 5.1 inches — the adaptor is a versatile power option that can reduce long-term battery costs. It easily fits into the alkaline battery cavity, providing convenience and flexibility. It also means fewer interruptions at the job site to increase productivity and profitability. 


Subsite Electronics UtiliGuard 2

The UtiliGuard 2 from Subsite Electronics provides locate crews with integrated data capture, GPS positioning and an intuitive user interface to help operators improve work quality and maximize locate awareness. Operators get an in-depth understanding of locating activity by documenting locate accuracy and operations performance for more consistent results on job sites. The user interface offers simplified graphics that are easy and fast to interpret. Operators will notice an obvious change in screen layout when directly over a utility locate, providing positive confirmation. These graphics deliver increased confidence, locate consistency and operational performance. The data automatically captured can be used by operators to quickly prove or track performance, compare with benchmarks and provide actionable outcomes to help increase quality and productivity while reducing cable strikes. In addition to data-logging capabilities, it is equipped with integrated GPS positioning, enabling crews to improve activity reporting. 


Vivax-Metrotech vLoc3 RTK-Pro

The vLoc3 RTK-Pro receiver from Vivax-Metrotech includes real-time kinematic GNSS accuracy. Using the internal cellular module with 4G LTE capabilities, the operator can connect to a NTRIP RTK caster that provides RTCM 3 corrections. By using these corrections, the operator can collect both utility location data along with the geographical location of the utility with survey-grade accuracy. It is designed for all operator levels with user-friendly and intuitive locate screens. Operators confirm the utility data with the press of a button and align the electronic spirit level to store the data. All field data is sent to the cloud and retained in the receiver’s onboard storage for review and exporting to external mapping programs. 


Hydroexcavation Equipment

Dynablast HV420

Custom Dynablast HV420 hydrovac water heaters produce 420,000 Btu with an output temperature of 175 degrees F at 5 gpm, making them suitable for colder climates and improved digging in clay-filled areas. All models come with ETL certification for safety, which also includes certification on the coil for higher efficiency and heat transfer, a stainless steel target plate for increased coil life and momentary override control. They include an Interpump Group T 2040 water pump package providing 10.5 gpm at 2,900 psi and 1,750 rpm, as well as a hydraulic package with a Sunfab 34 cc motor. All components are custom-mounted in a 24-by-24-inch cabinet. 


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. 


Enz USA Hydro X

The Hydro X nozzle from Enz USA is available in 3/8-inch NPT or 1/2-inch connecting threads, and it can function at up to 5,000 psi with flow as low as 8 gpm. It combines a powerful, oscillating water jet with a high debris removal rate. A tungsten carbide front jet ensures a longer life than ceramic jets can offer. For quick and easy maintenance, a repair kit is available. Due to the nozzle’s simplicity, repairs can be made quickly and efficiently in the field with little downtime. For the operator’s safety, a plastic cover provides protection against harsh and sensitive environments. 


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. 


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 to minimize carryover. Modular filtration configured to blower size provides blower protection and minimal maintenance. 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. 


Rival Hydrovac T7 Tandem and T10

The T7 Tandem from Rival Hydrovac was designed primarily to be a unit that could be loaded with debris and drive 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 weight prior to travel. The T10 is built with the same features and operating system, but with larger capacities and components. It is popular with clients who do both utility and industrial work. It is available in three chassis layouts to meet weight restrictions in a given area. An air compressor option allows for excavating with air when required, while a truck-mounted coring system allows for removal of hard surfaces prior to nondestructive excavating. 


Super Products Mud Dog 700

Mud Dog 700 vacuum excavators from Super Products are designed for operator convenience and consistent performance to meet the challenges of applications from compact, urban projects to large-scale excavation. Units come standard as hydroexcavators with an optional air excavation package. They maximize legal payload, allowing operators to carry and accomplish more while still excavating safely in small work areas. The compact, versatile vacuum excavator features a 7-yard debris body and 600-gallon water tank. The unit comes standard as a dump body with an electric vibrator offering a 50-degree dump angle with the capability of dumping into a 48-inch container. Additionally, it is equipped with a rear-mounted, extendable, 8-inch-diameter boom that reaches 18 feet, has 270-degree rotation and pivots 10 degrees downward, which minimizes job site restoration and eliminates traffic congestion near roads. 


Tornado Global Hydrovacs 


The F4 ECO-LITE 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 ECO-LITE 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, and 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.



The TRUVAC FLXX is a vacuum excavator built to perform for utilities and contractors installing, replacing and repairing underground infrastructure, utilizing both air and hydroexcavation options for all conditions. This safe digging machine offers more power and maneuverability ideal in tight urban settings where street excavation jobs can include supporting, repairing and installing a city’s water, sewer, power and telecommunications infrastructure. Designed to maximize productivity on the job, it boasts the highest legal payload capacity in a midsize truck with a 10-cubic-yard debris body. In addition, it offers Park-n-Dig, an always-connected water source; safe and precise digging with the DigRight one-touch flow control technology; a water heater to dig in all types of weather/material conditions; a 22-foot boom reach with 340-degree rotation; and a DigFast option to maintain peak vacuuming performance and a clear airstream in the vacuum tube. 


Vac-Con Mudslinger MS800

The Mudslinger MS800 trailer-mounted hydrovac from Vac-Con encompasses the same power, suction and capacity of a truck hydroexcavator on a portable, pull-behind trailer. It includes the choice of tier 4 diesel or gas engine options providing up to 1,190 cfm and 16 inches Hg with a PD blower and 325 gallons of water. An 845-gallon debris tank allows operators to stay productive on the job site, while a 9-foot boom with 24 inches of hydraulic extension provides a full range of motion. It is designed to be a powerful standalone unit, but can also provide support to construction, HDD and public utility fleets. It’s at home in a variety of applications including daylighting, potholing, culvert and manhole cleaning, and utility locating. 


Vacall AllExcavate

High-pressure water and air jetting and standard intelligent controls, plus easy startup and operation, set Vacall AllExcavate machines apart. Water pumps generate 24.5 to 120 gpm and pressures to 3,000 psi with optional air excavation at 185 cfm and dual psi of 110 and 150. The water system, wand, control panel, tools and worker apparel are protected in a heated compartment. Standard AllSmartFlow CAN bus intelligent control systems have a programmable LCD display that monitors engine, water and airflow and vacuum performance, allowing for precise boom and reel adjustments. Aluminum water tanks carry 1,000 to 1,300 gallons. Galvanized debris tanks have a supreme finish. Units use one engine to power the chassis and excavation functions, reducing serviced and operation costs. 


Vermeer VXT300

Vermeer’s VXT300 truck vac is outfitted with an 8-cubic-yard spoil tank, 6-inch dig tube and the ability to carry up to 800 gallons of water so crews can maximize productivity on the job. It is one of the lightest truck vacs in its class and designed with a low overall height of 11.5 feet to efficiently transport spoils from the job site to the dumpsite. The vac truck is built on a Kenworth T370 truck chassis with a 350 hp diesel engine and a six-speed automatic 3,000 RDS Allison transmission. The truck’s PTO drive powers its Roots 624 vacuum blower with a maximum flow of 3,500 cfm and maximum suction of 18 inches Hg. With a water pump capable of producing 10 gpm at 3,000 psi, the VXT300 delivers productivity on large jobs as well as when digging at deeper depths. In addition, this truck vac’s PTO drive system allows the vac to keep running while repositioning the truck between holes, rather than requiring full machine shutdown, for optimal efficiency. 


Leak Detection Equipment

Cherne Air-Loc Front Plugs

Cherne Air-Loc Front Plugs are leak locator plugs designed for line acceptance tests and leak location testing. The pneumatic pipe plugs are made out of natural rubber, enabling them to be used as blocking plugs by plugging the fill and read-back ports. Through optimized design, the product allows for improved performance and safety with a premium aesthetic. The plug comes in an assortment of sizes and designs; all being lightweight, short and flexible. With eye bolts on each end, they are flexible and have easy-to-use quick disconnect hose connections. Ideal for both sewer air testing and leak location testing, there are precautionary steps that should be taken before using. 


Hurco Technologies Power Smoker 2 

The Power Smoker 2 from Hurco Technologies quickly locates leaks in new and existing plumbing systems. The machine is connected to a clean-out, and smoke is sent through the system to reveal any problem areas. The system uses LiquiSmoke, a laboratory-tested safe smoke that costs cents per minute to use and has an indefinite shelf life. When the test is complete, the smoke dissipates without leaving an odor or residue. 


MyTana LD40 Leak Detector

The LD40 Leak Detector from MyTana has multiple frequency bands that home in on hard-to-find hissing, trickle or seeping sounds while filtering out background noises. It has an easy-to-understand, real-time visual response meter, enabling operators to listen and watch for leaks. It can detect through any surface, as a probe unit detects leaks in overhead pipes, behind walls or tight spaces, making it suitable for use on vertical lines, slab leaks and irrigation leaks. It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. 


Safety/Personal Protection Equipment


CrewPlex is a hands-free communication solution to help crews overcome the challenges of continuous communication in environments where noise, distance and task complexity can affect safety and productivity. It enables the user to connect the entire vacuum truck, camera truck and support personnel team with one system. Users can talk and hear each other in real-time without delay and without voice triggering or pushing a button. Ideal audio quality provides better communication in all environments, especially in vacuum truck operations where noise levels can exceed 100 dB. Available connectivity to two-way radio systems keeps work groups in touch with a supervisor and extends the communication reach of an entire work team. 



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