Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to the questions we get asked the most about vacuum excavation.

If you have any other questions that aren’t listed below, please contact our team.

What is the daily productivity of a vacuum excavator?

This is all dependent on the ground conditions, but it is approximately 1.6m3 to 2.5m3 per hour.

Do you have different sized systems available?

Yes. With a hire fleet of over 50 vehicles, we have 16t, 26t and 32t wheeled systems, and a 21t tracked unit for those difficult to reach areas.

Is there an additional cost for the disposal of the excavated material?
We do not dispose the excavated material, this is stockpiled at your designated location on site. This will allow for the material to be re-used at your own discretion/costs.
Where does the unit discharge the excavated material?

A standard unit (26/32T) and our Tracked unit (21T) will tip to the side of the unit and the city sucker (16T) will tip to the rear.

How much material can a vacuum excavator hold?

Our larger vehicles have an 8m3 – 10m3 capacity, whereas the City Suckers has 2m3 capacity and our tracked vac has 4.5m3 capacity. Click here to find out more about our suction excavator hire.

What areas do you cover?

We cover the whole of the UK.

What days and times are your vacuum excavators available to hire?

Our fleet of vacuum excavators are available for hire 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Do you only provide operated hire?

No. We also provide self-drive hire, with full training for your operatives.

Are your operatives trained and accredited?

All our operatives are CPCS trained and fully accredited.

How does the system deal with stubborn or compacted material?

All our systems are fitted with an air lance that our operators will use to displace and break-up material. The air lance is powered by the onboard compressor.

Do you supply extension pipework?

Yes, at an additional cost.

How many systems are in your fleet?

We have over 50 vacuum excavation vehicles in our hire fleet, but it will continue to grow to meet demand.

How old are your vacuum excavators?

More than 18 of our excavators are under four years old, which makes our fleet one of the most modern in Europe.

What is the total reach of the power arm?

Approximately 4.5 metres from the rear/nearside of the truck.

What is the diameter of the suction hose?

The suction hose has a 250mm (10”) diameter.

Can the diameter of the suction hose be reduced?

Yes. We can provide a suction nozzle adaptor to reduce to 150mm (6”) if required.

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