Vermeer’s new VXT300 truck-mounted vacuum excavator

Vermeer VXT300 truck-mounted vacuum excavator in use in a suburban neighbourhood

Vermeer upgrades its truck-mounted vacuum excavator lineup with the new VXT300 truck vac.

The VXT300 features an 8-cubic-yard (6.1-m3) spoil tank and 6-inch (15.2-cm) dig tube. Also, it has the ability to carry up to 800 gallons (3,028 L). With a height of 11.5 feet (3.51 m), Vermeer claims that it is one of the lightest in its class.

According to Jake Jeffords, director of sales, marketing and global accounts at Vermeer MV Solutions, the VXT300 is the next generation of 8-cubic-yard (6.1-m3) truck vacs, replacing the VXT8 Mega vacuum excavator in the Vermeer line.

“We’ve made several upgrades to this truck vac and updated the model number to better align with the rest of the Vermeer truck vac line,” he explained. “It’s a midsize PTO vacuum excavator for utility contractors working on projects where several holes need to be dug and for drilling crews using large volumes of drilling fluid. It is also a great fit for municipalities and contractors working on sites that only allow for soft digging methods, such as solar farms and data centers.”

Also, the chassis of the Vermeer VXT300 is a Kenworth T370. It has a 350-horsepower (261-kW) diesel engine and a 6-speed automatic 3,000 RDS Allison transmission. The truck’s PTO drive powers its Roots 624 vacuum blower. This offers a maximum flow of 3,500 cfm (99 m3/min) and maximum suction of 18 inHg (.6 bar).

The VXT300’s water pump is capable of producing 10 gpm (37.9 L/min) at 3,000 psi (206.8 bar).

In addition, the VXT300’s PTO drive system allows the vac to keep running while repositioning the truck between holes. This feature lessens the frequency of full shutdowns, increasing productivity.

Also, the control system makes single-person operation possible. Using a belly-pack or handheld remote, the operator has full control of the truck.

Moreover, the VXT300 comes with a reverse flow option to assist with spoil offloading and clearing hose clogs.

The spoil tank in the VXT300 has a cam-over hydraulic door and in-tank washout. Optional equipment includes winter packages with a 420k BTU water heater, as well as an onboard PTO-driven air compressor.