Versatile Vacuum Truck is Go-To Equipment for Ted Berry Co.

Maine company uses five Vactor combo trucks with hydroexcavation package to handle many different jobs
Versatile Vacuum Truck is Go-To Equipment for Ted Berry Co.
Ted Berry Company's Paul Pomerleau uses a Vactor 2100 unit while potholing for utilities along a roadway in Maine. The company has five Vactor units within its fleet of trucks. (Photography by Jessica Woodcock)

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Matt Timberlake, president of Ted Berry Company, is a firm believer that no single piece of equipment will make or break you and that everything depends upon people and their ability and commitment.

Even so, he does acknowledge that his Livermore, Maine-based company’s 2008 Vactor 2115 Combination Sewer Cleaner / Hydro Excavator is something special.

It rises to the top among an impressive list of company-owned equipment that includes seven vacuum trucks (five Vactor Combos, one Guzzler Classic and one Super Products), five mainline CCTV trucks (four Aries and one CUES), about 50 service trucks, a fleet of about 20 large-diameter hydraulic pumps ranging from 6 to 12 inches, two pipe bursting teams that are set up with static and pneumatic equipment ranging in size from 2 to 36 inches, and a Reline America UV CIPP system.

Although this is just one of many vacuum trucks owned by the company, it is versatile enough to allow multiple revenue streams to be generated by just one crew. The truck is a 15-cubic-yard combination Vactor with typical jetting configuration at 100 gpm at 2,500 psi with a multi-flow system. It also has a PD blower with an 8-inch Vactor suction boom.

To add additional capabilities to the truck there was a full hydroexcavation package installed. The auxiliary high-pressure pump, high-pressure reel, and boiler — coupled with standard Vactor features — make this truck a critical component in a diverse fleet of service equipment, according to Timberlake.

“It’s kind of the Cadillac option,” he says. “It’s got all the bells and whistles. Without that we can’t inspect pipe, and without that we can’t rehab pipe. It is kind of the foundation; the company is really built around it.”

The truck is used on a combination of large-diameter sewer flushing projects and vacuum excavation projects for power utility companies, natural gas distribution companies and general contractors installing new gas lines. Beyond that, it’s put to use when water and wastewater utilities call Ted Berry Company in for digging around broken or damaged mains during emergencies.

You can find more on Ted Berry Company in the March/April issue.


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