The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Vacuum Excavation

Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact us to discuss your requirements if your query is not covered in the content below. We have summarised what most customers want to know and have provided valuable information to the most common queries regarding Vacuum Excavation services.

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How far does the power arm reach?
If you measure the nearside/rear of the truck, the total reach of the power arm is approximately 4.5 metres long.

What volume of spoil can a Vacuum Excavator contain?
The amount of spoil varies depending on the size of the vehicle allocated to the job at hand. Our Vacuum Excavators have an 8m3 – 10m3 spoil capacity.

Is the extension pipework supplied?
Yes, should you require the pipework, our team can supply it at an additional cost.

What can a Vacuum Excavator handle on a daily basis?
The daily productivity of a Vacuum Excavator is approximately 1.6-2m3 per hour, depending on the ground conditions.

What diameter is the suction hose?
The suction hose has a 250mm (10”) diameter.

Is it possible to reduce the diameter of the suction hose?
Yes, the diameter of the suction can be reduced if required. We can provide a suction nozzle adaptor, which reduces the diameter down to 150mm (6”).

Do your operatives possess the correct training and accreditation?
Yes, this is an aspect which we take great pride in and will always remain at the forefront of our priorities. All of our staff are fully qualified, professional and are monitored regularly with the aim of improving their skills and competency across the industry requirements. Our operatives are CPCS trained and accredited as we strive for excellence amongst our peers.

Does your company possess any accreditations?
Our team are accredited members of SMAS Worksafe & Contractor Health & Safety CHAS.

How many operatives work on a job?
This is dependent on the customer preference. We regularly supply 1 or 2 trained operators with our Vacuum Excavator. We are happy to advise customers on what we think we may be appropriate for the job.

How would the system handle a stubborn or compact floor?
This isn’t a problem for our Vacuum Excavators. Running off the on-board compressor on the vehicle, our operator would use the air-lance provided to displace and remove the material.

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