Frequently Asked Questions

For all your Vacuum Excavation answers, see below for the most common questions or contact us to discuss your requirements.

  1. What’s the total reach of the power arm?
    • Approximately 4.5 metres from the rear/nearside of truck
  2. What amount of spoil can a Vacuum Excavator hold?
    • Our larger vehicles have an 8m³-10m³ capacity. The City Sucker has 2m³ capacity and our Tracked-Vac has 4.5m³ capacity
  3. Do you supply extension pipework?
    • Yes we can supply extra extension pipework at additional cost
  4. What is the daily productivity of a Vacuum Excavator?
    • Depending on the ground conditions approx 1.6-2m³ per hour
  5. What’s the diameter of the suction hose?
    • The suction hose as a 250mm (10″) diameter
  6. Can the diameter of the suction hose be reduced at all?
    • Yes we can provide a suction nozzle adaptor to reduce down to 150mm (6″) if required
  7. Do you have different size systems available for hire?
    • Yes, we have 12t,16t, 26t & 32t wheeled systems, along with 21t tracked unit for those difficult to reach areas
  8. Are your operatives trained and accredited?
    • Yes all of our operatives are CPCS trained and accredited
  9. What accreditations does your company hold?
    • We are accredited or members of; Constructionline, Achilles UVDB, Achilles Building Confidence, SMAS, CHAS, Safe Contractor Plus, CPA, RHA, and FORS. Full details are available here
  10. How many operatives are supplied per job?
    • We supply 1 or 2 trained operators with the system, dependant on the clients’ preference
  11. How many systems in total do you currently run?
    • We provide the largest hire fleet of truck mounted units in Europe, with over 40 vehicles across all sizes and our 1 tracked vacuum system
  12. What age is your hire fleet?
    • Over 18 of our systems are less than 4yrs old meaning we have one of the most modern hire fleets in Europe
  13. Do you only provide operated hire?
    • As well as operated, we also provide self-drive hire and training for operatives
  14. What area’s do you cover?
    • We currently provide our services to all parts of the UK and Ireland and have also recently ventured into mainland Europe
  15. How does the system deal with stubborn / compacted material?
    • The assistant would use the airlance provided to displace and remove material, this runs off the onboard compressor on the vehicle