Digging around power lines and water networks can be tricky business. One false move and you can end up with a much bigger problem than you originally started with. Vactor, a vacuum excavator company, offers a unique solution.

The vacuum excavator is a giant vacuum used to dig holes around critical services like water networks or power lines. This incredible machine can work on either dry or wet ground and excavates without disturbing anything.

Vacuum Excavators can be used for a wide range of special projects like:

  • Excavating at long distances
  • Non destructive digging
  • Waterline repair
  • Directional drilling support
  • Sign and pole installation
  • Underground utility
  • Potholing
  • Slot trenching
  • Pressure digging
  • Air and water excavation
  • Frozen ground excavation
  • Elevator pit cleaning

How does it work?


Vacuum Excavator clears the dirt by using turbines to create an extremely high airflow through the tube at around 42,000 m3/hour this allows the machine to finish the job with ease. The truck itself can run for up to seven hours at a time of continuous operation.

The dirt, once sucked up by the vacuum, is stored in a massive container on the back of the machine that holds up to 20,000 pounds, and later dumps it at a proper site.  

The vacuum excavator can be used in even the toughest jobs and can be used in various different types of industries such as:

  • Utilities
  • Oil and gas
  • Municipal and public works
  • Construction site prep

Vacuum excavators increases safety in construction and site prep while at the same time decreasing the cost of digging. This machine also helps cut down on expenses by almost eliminating the possibility of power outages, bursting water lines, or gas leaks that can happen when buried utilities are hit by other tools.


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