McLaughlin has introduced the second generation vacuum excavator series that offer efficient and clean-burning engines, improved sound reduction and operator-friendly enhancements.
The units will feature Tier 4 Final engine technology that provides enhanced fuel consumption and a new engine enclosure to help reduce engine noise levels. The soundproofing inside the heavy-gauge engine enclosure reduces vibration, while baffles dampen the engine sound before it’s released into the atmosphere.
A large access door to the engine enclosure provides improved accessibility to conduct service and maintenance. Contractors can also lock the enclosure doors, helping to deter potential vandalism to the vital components of the vacuum.
An improved external hydraulic door opens at an 85 degree angle, allowing for easier and more rapid dumping and cleaning of the spoils tank. A patented mechanical cam-over locking system provides a 360 degree positive door seal, even under reverse pressure, without additional clamping requirements.
The second generation vacuums also feature a low profile design measuring less than six feet in height, allowing the unit to access areas previously limited by height restrictions. The lower height of the unit also provides a lower center of gravity for increased stability on the jobsite and during transport. In addition, McLaughlin designed the trailer chassis to provide 11 inches of axle clearance.
The lockable control console features a color graphic monitor, providing the operator with vital information related to the vacuum operation, including vacuum and water pressure, and engine functions. This information helps the operator keep track of scheduled maintenance reducing unwanted downtime.
The second generation vacuum excavators feature the McLaughlin industry-exclusive, three-stage filtration system that allows for both wet and dry vacuum excavation. First, material enters the tank at 130 mph where large soil particles lose velocity and fall out of the filtration system. Next, the air moves to a pre-filter cyclone where the remaining small particles drop into a collection tank. Finally, the pre-filtered air enters a washable micron-poly filter that traps the remaining fine particles.
The McLaughlin vacuum excavator line is available through the Vermeer dealer network.