Vacuum Excavation Scotland

Weight (tonnes)16
Width (m)2.3
Length (m)6.3
Height (m)3.2
Air Compressor4.5m3/min, 8 bar
Capacity (m3)2
Ideal ForSites with limited or restricted access or in built-up areas
Weight (tonnes)26
Width (m)2.5
Length (m)9.7
Height (m)3.8
Air Compressor4.5m3/min, 8 bar
Capacity (m3)8
Ideal ForFor medium to larger scale jobs where more material needs to be removed
Weight (tonnes)26
Width (m)2.5
Length (m)9.7
Height (m)3.8
Air Compressor4.5m3/min, 8 bar
Capacity (m3)8
Ideal ForFor medium to larger scale jobs where more material needs to be removed
Weight (tonnes)32
Width (m)2.5
Length (m)10.1
Height (m)4.1
Air Compressor4.5m3/min, 8 bar
Capacity (m3)12
Ideal ForLarge scale jobs.
Weight (tonnes)20
Width (m)2.55
Length (m)7.7
Height (m)3.2
Air Compressor4.5m3/min, 8 bar
Capacity (m3)4.5
Ideal ForOff-road sites where standard wheeled vehicles could not reach
CITY SUCKER

city sucker suction excavation lorry

Weight (tonnes)16
Width (m)2.3
Length (m)6.3
Height (m)3.2
Air Compressor4.5m3/min, 8 bar
Capacity (m3)2
Ideal ForSites with limited or restricted access or in built-up areas

DINO 4.5 TWIN FAN

Dino Twin Fan vacuum excavation lorry

Weight (tonnes)26
Width (m)2.5
Length (m)9.7
Height (m)3.8
Air Compressor4.5m3/min, 8 bar
Capacity (m3)8
Ideal ForFor medium to larger scale jobs where more material needs to be removed

DINO 8 TWIN FAN

Dino 8 Twin Fan Vacuum Excavation Machine

Weight (tonnes)26
Width (m)2.5
Length (m)9.7
Height (m)3.8
Air Compressor4.5m3/min, 8 bar
Capacity (m3)8
Ideal ForFor medium to larger scale jobs where more material needs to be removed

RSP ESE 6

RSP ESE 6

Weight (tonnes)32
Width (m)2.5
Length (m)10.1
Height (m)4.1
Air Compressor4.5m3/min, 8 bar
Capacity (m3)12
Ideal ForLarge scale jobs.

TRACKED VAC

Tracked Vac Ex machine

Weight (tonnes)20
Width (m)2.55
Length (m)7.7
Height (m)3.2
Air Compressor4.5m3/min, 8 bar
Capacity (m3)4.5
Ideal ForOff-road sites where standard wheeled vehicles could not reach

Vacuum excavation is the most effective form of excavation for any project. When compared to manual excavation, vacuum excavation is both safer and cheaper, making it the obvious choice for all types of projects.

Cable strikes can be disastrous, causing severe injury or even death, and incurring huge associated costs. There are an estimated 60,000 cable strikes a year, and the repercussions of these can be far-reaching. Suction excavation significantly reduces the risk, using the power of suction to gently and safely remove earth from around cables. The suction method of excavation is so effective that it greatly reduces the extraction cost per cubic metre, helping to keep project costs down. It is easy to see why it is the preferred method of excavating for many different scenarios.

About PIER (UK)

Pier UK was founded in 2001 as a civil engineering company, and we began to provide vacuum excavator services to our customers in 2009. We were extremely impressed with the capabilities and safety aspects of vacuum excavators and decided to invest in our own equipment so that we could focus on solely offering vacuum excavation hire services to our customers across Scotland and the UK. When you come to Pier UK for your vacuum excavation across Scotland, you can be assured that you are dealing with an accredited and reputable company. Our operatives are fully trained and licenced to provide first-class and reliable excavation services. We are part of the Safe Contractors Scheme and FORS as well as other industry schemes to promote safe and regulated practices. We invest, not only in our equipment but also in our people, so that our teams are highly trained and experienced, to ensure that the service we offer is second to none. We pride ourselves on the high standard of service that we deliver to all of our clients, no matter the size or scale of the project.

Why Do You Need to Hire A Vacuum Excavator?

If you are looking for a safe and efficient way to move earth and ground materials, then a vacuum excavator is the ideal solution. Vacuum excavators can safely and carefully remove earth from around utilities, hard-to-reach areas, and complex underground areas with other nearby structures. They are the ideal choice for a multitude of different engineering projects. Excavating manually carries an increased risk of cable strikes which can have long-lasting consequences. Vacuum excavators are safer than traditional excavations, making them the best choice for every project. Not only are they safer, but also cheaper when you compare the cost of clearing each cubic metre of earth against manual excavation.

How Does Excavation Work?

A vacuum excavator works by using powerful suction to suck earth and other materials up through a pipe into a holding tank. The power of the suction works extremely effectively, it is able to remove earth from around utilities or remove water from around pipework that needs to be repaired. It can be used in restricted or hard-to-reach areas, as well as heavily built-up areas. Vacuum excavators are extremely precise which makes them the perfect choice for complex excavations. Vacuum excavators are versatile and useful for all manner of projects. We work with companies and individuals to provide excavators of all sizes. We can schedule projects to work with your development plans, and can provide excavators in emergencies, whatever you need, we have an excavator that can handle it. Because every project is different, we quote for each job on an individual basis, based on your requirements. However, we always aim to provide an affordable service to all of our customers, and indeed, many of our customers will come back to us on a regular basis.

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How Can We Help You With Your Project?

Different types of excavators are useful for different locations or environments. Urban areas can have restricted access or limited space, and we have smaller-scale excavators that are ideal for this. Some rural locations need work carried out in areas where wheeled vehicles cannot gain access, and for these areas, we have tracked excavators which can cross difficult terrain. We have invested in our fleet, so we also have excavators of different capacities so that we can help to choose the best excavator for your project.

Looking For Vac Ex in Scotland? Contact Us – 24/7 Hire Available

If you are looking for a professional excavation service in Scotland, then you have found us. The team at PIER UK works across Scotland providing first-class excavation for all manner of projects. Whether you require extensive excavations for a development site or need a collapsed tunnel cleared in an emergency, we can help. Our experienced and helpful team is on hand to discuss your next project with you. Simply call us today on 01925 228674

REVIEWS

We have used your company for a while now and have never had any trouble. The lads you send us are always good as gold.

The operators are always really polite and the systems spotless

We could use a more local company but choose to use you because you are reliable and provide a good service.

We are very happy with the overall service you have provided.

FAQs

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.

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 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.

How much does it cost to hire a vacuum excavation truck?

On average a vacuum excavator costs around £1100 to hire per day, however when you compare the average cost of excavation per cubic metre, using vacuum extraction costs £44, compared to £75 per cubic metre for manual extraction, you can see the value in choosing a vacuum excavator.

Can vacuum excavation be used in both urban and rural environments?

We have different sizes and styles of excavators for use in both urban and rural environments. When we work with you we will discuss the excavation site with you, to ensure that we choose the best excavator to suit your requirements.

What are the limitations of vacuum excavation?

Each excavator has a capacity that it can extract up to, this varies according to the size of the machine. In general, a machine can excavate to a depth of 20 metres.

Are there any noise or vibration concerns with vacuum excavation?

 Vacuum excavators are often chosen for the reduced environmental impact that they have when compared to manual extraction. Whilst there is some noise from the machine, in general, using this method has a reduced environmental impact.

Can vacuum excavation be used for landscaping projects?

Vacuum excavators are a popular choice for larger landscaping projects, where large amounts of groundwork are required, especially where drainage systems are needed to be integrated into the landscaping.

What kind of documentation is required before and after a vacuum excavation project?

We will make sure that you have all the correct paperwork for your project. We have an experienced health and safety team who can provide complete risk assessments for your next project.

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.

WE COVER THE WHOLE OF THE UK