Trailer-mounted, non-destructive vacuum excavators are a new addition to the Kennards Hire equipment range.
These units, which are available from select hire centres, offer utilities, councils and contractors a flexible, lower cost, portable system for potholing and other small excavations involving wet or dry remediation of soil.
Small, deep, precisely-controlled holes can be dug quickly to uncover buried utilities without the risk posed by a backhoe or excavator.
A 946 litre (250 gallon) tank accommodates the spoil, while a 378 litre (100 gallons) water tank with attached hose and wand is used for water jet blasting. Units have a 575cfm pump and are powered by a 25hp Kubota diesel engine with electric start and throttle.
Grays Plumbing Services hired a new unit from Kennards Hire Girraween to enlarge a stormwater drainage pit from 600mm by 600mm to 900mm X 900mm.
“We were able to suck out the dirt without having to get a big machine in,” said contractor Todd Gray.
“The earth was damp after recent rain, and we loosened it more with the water jet. Solids up to the size of about a tennis ball were no problem.
“It would be handy in a lot of situations, so I am now thinking of buying one.”
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