On-Site Magazine

Water kit for vacuum excavators

By Adam Freill   

Construction Equipment

(Photo courtesy of Vermeer Corporation)

Vermeer offers an optional water kit to expand the capabilities of its CS GT vacuum excavators. The equipment manufacturer says horizontal directional drilling (HDD) crews and light-duty vac operators can soft dig (pothole) utilities, as well as power wash equipment and hard surfaces with the vac system. The optional kit comes with a 100-gal (378.5-l) freshwater tank and a pump capable of delivering 2,500 psi (172.37 bar) at a flow rate of 3.5 gpm (13.2 l/min). The water kit is factory installed and available on all new CS GT models.

“The CS GT is a popular model for HDD crews as an economical solution for slurry management and disposal,” said Jake Jeffords, director of sales, marketing and global accounts at Vermeer MV Solutions. “Now they can do even more with this unit. The optional water kit makes the CS GT a great machine for performing light potholing work for HDD contractors. But other contractors will benefit from the water kit, too.”

The company offers two models of the CS GT. The Vermeer CS870 GT vacuum excavator comes with an 800-gal (3,028.3-l) spoil tank, while the Vermeer CS1270 GT vacuum excavator comes with a 1,200-gal (4,542.5-l) tank. Each model in the CS GT series features a 580 CFM (985 m3/hr) PD blower with a 3-in (7.62-cm) diameter hose for efficient operation. Each is powered by a 27-hp (20.1-kW) Kohler gas engine and built on an I-beam trailer.

The line also features a rear hydraulic claw door with an over-centre locking mechanism for locking and unlocking while dumping spoils. There is also an optional reverse pressure control to assist with off-loading spoils and dislodging debris in the hose.




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