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Address 2006 Perimeter Road, Greenville, SC, 29605, US
Phone 864-277-5870
Toll Free 800-435-9340
Fax 564-235-9661
Email [email protected]
Website mclaughlinunderground.com
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For over 90 years, McLaughlin has been an active leader in the underground construction industry. McLaughlin has developed a reputation for designing and building dependable, low maintenance trenchless construction equipment solutions for the power, gas, telecom, water, sewer and oil markets. McLaughlin is focused on developing innovative products that provide contractors safe and productive methods for installation of underground utilities.

McLaughlin offers a full line of utility locators and Vermeer by McLaughlin vacuum excavators for safely finding and exposing existing infrastructure, as well as a number of other trenchless installation products. McLaughlin also manufactures a full line of Vermeer Hole Hammer® pneumatic piercing tools, Mighty Mole moleing attachments, pit launch directional drills, auger boring machines — including the On-Target steerable auger boring system, as well as a cradle boring machine for trenchless installation of steel casing, conduit, cable and HDPE pipes.

Since 1921, McLaughlin takes pride in providing workable solutions for its customers. From planning to installation, McLaughlin offers contractors a complete package for trenchless construction needs.

Find more information about McLaughlin and its product lines by visiting mclaughlinunderground.com.


VX75 High CFM 5” Diesel Series

ECO75 Air Water Series

Hole Hammer Quarter Turn Reverse

Hole Hammer Positive Turn Reverse

On-Target Auger Boring Steering System

Cradle Boring Machine

MCL 54/60


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Vermeer Corporation has announced its purchase of Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC, and its plans to bring the Florida-based company together with McLaughlin Group, Inc. which was purchased by Vermeer in 2017. This acquisition and integration of the two companies builds on the Vermeer strategy to provide a comprehensive suite of vacuum excavation technology, equipment, training and support to the growing underground utility and soft dig markets.

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Vermeer Corporation has announced its acquisition of the remaining non-Vermeer interests of McLaughlin Group, Inc., a leader in the drill tooling and vacuum excavation industry. Vermeer took an initial vested position in McLaughlin in 2012, when it acquired a minority interest in the Greenville, South Carolina company. "Our initial investment in McLaughlin created the ideal opportunity to determine how the company culture and product portfolio fit within our organization," said Jason Andringa, president and CEO at Vermeer Corporation. "Now, we look forward to having the McLaughlin team and the products they design and manufacture become part of the comprehensive solution Vermeer provides to the utility market. This is especially important in the area of soft-dig excavation where we see demand for equipment and expertise continuing to grow today and well into the future."

New PTO-driven options available for vacuum excavators

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McLaughlin launches new 60-inch auger boring machine

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McLaughlin has introduced a new large-capacity vacuum excavator ideally suited to the mid-sized horizontal directional drill (HDD) contractor. The MEGA VAC series features an optional 1200 cfm deep blower option with 23 inches of mercury, providing 50 percent more suction or lift capability than the industry standard 15-inch-mercury units. This results in a fast and powerful tool for potholing and quickly handling thick drill fluids from HDD rigs.

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McLaughlin now offers core drill attachment for its vacuum excavators Mini Core Drill attachment available in 6-, 8- and 10-inch sizes

McLaughlin has designed a core drill attachment for use with its 500-, 800- and 1,200-gallon (1892.7, 3028.3 and 4542.5 L) vacuum excavators. The optional core drill provides utility contractors the ability to use vacuum excavation technology in locating existing underground utilities beneath hard surfaces such as asphalt and concrete. Less equipment and less setup makes the job more efficient for contractors, while minimally impacting the surrounding area.

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Air/water vacuum excavators

The Xtreme line of combination air/water vacuum excavators allow contractors the advantage of both systems in one self-contained unit. 

McLaughlin first introduced the combination air/water technology to the underground industry in 2007. Combining both high-pressure water and compressed air into one simple unit provides contractors with a choice for varying soil conditions.

The Xtreme line takes the combination air/water technology to the next level, says Dave Gasmovic, president of McLaughlin. The unit features a 1,200 cfm (33.9 cubic metre/minute) positive displacement blower – the largest in its class – that provides unsurpassed power in difficult ground conditions.

Powered by a 99-hp (73.8kW) Kubota diesel engine and a 5.6-gpm (21.2L/m) water system, the Xtreme line produces up to 15 inches (381 mm) of mercury and 3,000 psi (206.8 bar) of water pressure for productive, efficient and safe soil removal.

Customers can custom build a unit to meet their exact needs. This includes a choice among 500-, 800- or 1200-gallon (1,893-, 3,028-, 4542-litre) spoil tanks and the unit can be set up in either a trailer or skid-mounted configuration. The Xtreme line comes standard with two 125-gallon (473-litre) saddle water tanks. However, customers can customize the size of the tanks to meet their potholing demands.

McLaughlin also uses an industry-exclusive, three-stage filtration system that allows for both wet and dry vacuum excavation. First, material enters the tank at 130 mph and the 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.

“We designed the Xtreme line to offer big vacuum truck performance, but packaged it in a compact size that delivers a better cost per hole,” says Gasmovic.