What is the Right Vacuum Truck for my Job?

Vacuum truck

Vacuum Truck

Working on any construction sites you often are confronted with the requirements of using vacuum truck (sometimes referred to as a sucker truck or vacuum excavator) for all non-destructive digging. Vacuum excavation or hydro excavation is the process of safely removing unwanted materials such as dirt, mud, sand that are situated around underground assets. Due to the nature of it work and the advancements in technology  it is becoming one of the most popular plant being used across the construction projects. However, there are a number of things to consider when choosing the right vacuum truck for your project as there isn't a one-size fit all. These considerations will also dictate the true costs of vacuum excavation, along with our vacuum excavation rates guide.

What to consider when choosing a vacuum truck for your project?

There are a number of things to consider when you have to use a vacuum truck for your project. These include:

  • Choosing between air excavation or water excavation
  • Size of spoil tank size
  • Movability around the construction site

Difference between air excavation and water excavation when choosing a vacuum truck

When using a vacuum truck you got an option to either use air excavation or water excavation. Air excavation tends to produce cleaner and neater process of materials and as the excavation is dry, you would be able to use the material on the construction site almost immediately. Water excavation on the other hand tends to be faster process the air excavation and it also allows you to be able to get more spoil into a spoil tank. However, when using water excavation you do increase the risk of contaminating material which will require removal from the construction site. 

Technology advancements led by Australia’s major manufacturers has seen drastic improvements in air and water excavation, which is leading to a decrease in costs of vacuum excavations, whilst still being a safer and more reliable option than other construction equipment. 

Vacuum truck suppliers and operators generally will be able to provide you the information on different levels of air or water pressure it be used. This is depended on the utilities assets which are identified. 

Size of spoil tank size of vacuum truck you need

To determine the size of a vacuum truck you require first asses your site to see how much material or debris needs to be removed. Vacuum trucks range in all different sizes starting from 1000L vacuum trailer up to 25,000L vacuum tanker. Generally, the most popular vacuum truck hire across iSeekplant tends to be between the 3,000L vacuum trucks and 6,000L vacuum trucks

Movability of the vacuum truck on your construction site

When considering the vacuum truck you do have to also assess your project requirements and the accessibility a vacuum truck or vacuum trailer will have to your site. Majority of vacuum truck suppliers do have pump extension which can go up to 100 metres providing you with the flexibility of being able to work from a distance.  If you do only require a vacuum truck trailer for a smaller construction project you shouldn't have much issues with accessibility of the vacuum trailers as they generally can work in even the tights spaces. 

How to hire a vacuum truck for your next project

Once you have assessed your site and the requirements of the size of the vacuum truck you require, and the movability requirements, jump on iSeekplant. We have the largest database of vacuum truck suppliers across Australia including all major cities and regional areas including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Darwin, Adelaide and the rest of the nation. Our range of suppliers vary from 1000l vacuum trailers, to the common 3000L and 6000L vacuum trucks and up to 25,000L vacuum tankers which are all available for either wet or dry hire. If you require quick rates, get in touch with us on 1300 691 912 or use our get a quote tool today!

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