McLaughlin develops two new vacuum excavators

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McLaughlin has introduced two new mid-range vacuum excavators to the underground utility contractor market.

The ECO75 truck-mounted vacuum excavator and the VX75 trailer-mounted vacuum excavator are designed to answer the market’s demand for a compact vacuum excavation system, with a 13 cm boom option, that focuses on performance and improved fuel efficiency.

A 74 hp Deutz Final Tier 4 diesel engine powers a 1,200 high CFM vacuum blower and a 30.2 litre water pump capable of 3,000 psi operating pressure, making these excavators ideal for compact jobsites, production potholing, setting power poles or fluid management in directional drilling operations.

Bigger boom

The vacuum excavators also feature a larger 12.7 cm boom that pulls more material and reduces clogging to enhance jobsite production.

“McLaughlin is filling a gap in the mid-range vacuum excavator market with the ECO75 and VX75 product introductions,” said Jeff Wage, vice president at McLaughlin.

“The ability to choose (1,893, 3,028 or 4,542 litre) spoil tank capacities matched with the higher 1,200 CFM blower and choose the larger 13 cm boom option allows contractors to customize the ECO75 and VX75 to meet their business needs and increase productivity.”

Single axle mounting

The ECO75-800 can be mounted on a single axle, 4.8 metre truck bed with a GVW rating of 14,970 kg, allowing contractors to keep their vacuum operations compact and manoeuvrable. Contractors can mount the ECO75-500 on a single axle 11,790 kg GVW truck without the need for a commercial driver’s license. The truck-mounted option also gives contractors the flexibility to tow additional equipment to jobsites.

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For contractors who prefer a trailer-mounted vacuum excavator, the VX75 features a twin axle and heavy duty I-Beam construction that is compact in size and can be pulled by a 1-ton truck.

Optional sewer jetter

McLaughlin also offers the option of adding a sewer jetter or air compressor to their vacuum excavator.

The ECO75 truck-mounted vacuum excavator also offers utility contractors better fuel economy and lower operating costs. By utilizing a 74 hp Deutz auxiliary engine to power the vacuum excavator, contractors will see reduced fuel consumption compared to running the vacuum excavator off a 270 hp PTO-driven truck engine.

Both the ECO75 and VX75 include two features McLaughlin customers have come to rely on. One is an industry-exclusive three-stage cyclonic filtration system that allows for both wet and dry vacuum excavation while prolonging filter life and helping to keep maintenance costs low.

The other is the McLaughlin patented cam-over hydraulic rear door. It provides a 360-degree positive seal, even under reverse pressure, without additional clamping requirements to keep fluids securely in the debris tank.

No components are inside the tank, so maintenance is external.