Vac-Con, Inc. recently hosted Florida Governor, Rick Scott, at a stop on his “Million Miles for a Million Jobs Tour.”

Vac-Con, Inc. recently hosted Florida Governor, Rick Scott, at a stop on his “Million Miles for a Million Jobs Tour.”

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In the midst of an $11 million plant expansion, Vac-Con has benefitted from the Governor’s sales tax exemption on manufacturing equipment, saving over $150,000. Additionally, Vac-Con plans to hire approximately 60 employees as a result of the expansion.

Since 1986, Vac-Con, has manufactured more than 7,500 custom-built, truck-mounted vacuum trucks to serve the public and private environmental markets worldwide, and now employs more than 300 people at its single location in Green Cove Springs, Florida. Vac-Con, is a subsidiary of Holden Industries, Inc. of Deerfield, IL, and is 100% employee owned.

For two consecutive years, Vac-Con received the prestigious Manufacturer of the Year Award from the First Coast Manufacturers Association.

Why Choose Hydro Excavator Trucks for Excavation

Why Choose Hydro Excavation?

Big digging jobs such as exposing utility lines or removing large amounts of dirt require heavy machinery. For the biggest and toughest digging jobs, vacuum excavation is the best option available. The very best vacuum excavation system is the x-cavator™ that is available at Vac-Con. See below the many reasons why the toughest jobs need our hydro excavator trucks.


Based on Our Combo Machines

Just like our combo machines, the x-cavator™ offers both vacuum and water system. This means that even the toughest digging jobs are a more easily managed and efficient. Plus, the x-cavator™ is designed with the industry’s best safety features. You and your crew will stay safe and secure even while you are working on those demanding jobs.

Easy to Operate

The hydrostatic drive was designed with simplicity in mind. The operator can focus on getting the job done. Plus, the operator can access many commonly used functions even from a distance with the mobile control system. This mobile system offers more features than any other model in the industry.

Additional Features

If you are not yet convinced that our x-cavator™ is the digging solution you need for your organization, check out some of our more popular features and options.

  • Boom Rotates 270 Degrees – With a huge degree of rotation, the reach of this truck is outstanding. There are few jobs out of the range of the Hydro Excavator.
  • Water System up to 4000 P.S.I. – This high pressure level allows for unsurpassed strength. This means no job is too big for the Hydro Excavator.
  • Multiple Tank Options – 5 to 16-yard tanks are available to meet the needs of your particular business.
  • Opening Rear Door – The rear door opens fully for easy access to the interior space.
  • Automatic Vacuum Breaker Shut Off – This safety feature shuts down to prevent overfilling and wastewater discharge. You never have to worry about overfilling your tank, no matter what size you choose.

While there are plenty of options for digging on the market today, you need the best. Call 1-904-493-4969 or contact us today to learn more about the x-cavator™. We are confident that it will meet your needs and exceed your expectations in every way.

Combination Sewer Cleaning Machine

The right tools can make all of the difference in how quickly and accurately you can get the job done. The Vac-Con Combination Machine is a proven method of “getting down and dirty” with the sewer cleaning process, allowing us to provide unmatched results.

How it Works

The Vac-Con Combination Machine gets its name because it is a combination vacuum and jetting machine, all in one truck. Jetting is a sewer cleaning process where high-pressure water is pushed through a dirty pipeline, flushing away the residue. Vacuuming, involves pulling sludge and other contaminates out and disposing of them in a sludge tank. There are pros and cons to both methods of cleaning, and utilizing both techniques at one time will give you the best results in the least amount of time possible.

The Benefits of Vac-Con Trucks


Once you realize the benefits of a vacuum/jetting combination system, you may wonder—“Why should I choose Vac-Con?” The answer is simple – reliability. At Vac-Con, we have years of experience and a proven track record of providing the right trucks for the job and taking care of our customers’ needs through the lifecycle of their truck. We have dealers all over to provide maintenance and parts for your convenience.


Our trucks are durable and built to last, but what else makes them stand out from the competition? Check out some of the features you will find on a Vac-Con Combination Machine.

  • Hydraulic Operated Reels
  • Easy to Operate, Front-Mounted Controls
  • High-Capacity Water Pump to Enable You to Handle Large Jobs
  • Centrifugal Compressor, Separator & Clean Out
  • Hydraulic Boom Rotates Up to 270 Degrees for Easier Reach

Options for Every Job

With a 5, 9, 11, 12 and 16-yard Vac-Con Combination Machine model available, there is a size that meets the needs of every sewer cleaning job. We will help you choose the right model, and you can be sure you will have a truck to rely on for many different kinds of jobs.

If you want to know more about the Vac-Con difference, call 1-904-493-4969 or contact our experts today. We would love to help you find the solution to your sewer cleaning dilemma!

Harnessing the Power of a Vacuum Truck

A vacuum truck is specially designed to pump excess liquid waste from catch basins, septic tanks, oil spills, and similar places. Commonly used for commercial as well as residential purposes, vacuum trucks not only carry out industrial waste material clean-up jobs but also perform waste removal jobs for municipalities which include street sweeping, sewer cleanup and much more. These vehicles are used for suctioning, transporting, and disposal of toxic and non-toxic materials and to pump anything from domestic septic tanks to contaminated soil.

What are Vacuum Trucks used for?

Suctioning of Materials – Vacuum trucks were mainly engineered for removing wet and dry, industrial waste. This vacuuming/suctioning is either high-velocity or low-velocity air suction used for removing solid, liquid, and frothy or sludge materials. Some other usage of vacuum trucks include removal of brine water, cleaning oil spills, sewers, catch basins, septic tanks and congested drainage systems.

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Transporting Materials – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US, encourages using vacuum trucks for transporting bio-solids due to their spill prevention and odor control abilities. These features curb the exposure of the hazards involved in these materials, for a healthier environment.

Disposal of Waste Materials – Some of the waste introduces potential health threats in the environment. Vacuum trucks are, thus, deployed for the disposal of such waste materials, thereby reducing environmental impacts.

With the increasing demand for vacuum trucks today, pre-owned and used vacuum trucks are the most popular choices than ever. Here are a few things you must consider before buying a vacuum truck on sale.

  • Before buying a used vacuum truck, it is important to analyze your budget. A proper budget will help you determine the kind of vacuum truck to fit your needs.
  • If you’re buying a new vacuum truck, you need to check for the warranty terms and support available. Also, it is important to get the proper paper work done.
  • If buying used vacuum trucks, check all the service records, logs for any major repairs, and examine them thoroughly before you purchase them. If they aren’t available, immediately rule out buying the vehicle.
  • Once you’ve identified the equipment that meets your requirement, inspect it yourself, or hire a mechanic who can inspect the machine, before accepting delivery.
  • Make sure that you or a trusted mechanic physically operates the machine, making sure that each component is in working condition. Also, evaluate the chassis, check if there is rust or damage.

Vac-Con’s Hydro-Excavator

Hydro-excavation is a much safer and cost-effective approach to excavation than the use of a standard mechanical process. The indiscriminate use of backhoes, track hoes and other excavating machines can lead to broken utility lines and collapsed trenches. Vac-Con’s X-Cavator™ is designed to provide a safe alternative to the excavation process while minimizing damage to underground utilities.

Vacuum System Excavation

The excavating process is improved by using vacuum and high-pressure water to remove loose soil and send it to a holding tank for disposal. I n some cases the soil can be used for back-fill needs. The soil is loosened through the application of air or water, hydro-excavation, at high pressure.

Pressurized water loosens the soil so that the debris can be extracted through the vacuum system. This technique is considered a non-destructive method and greatly reduces the possibility of damage to critical utilities. Heated water can be used for excavating frozen soil or heavy material such as dense clay.

Accident reduction

In the excavation industry, even a minor accident can cause injuries or death, lost work time, property damage, increased insurance rates, environmental damages and can potentially disrupt utility service to a large area. While accurate utility locating and safe digging techniques do improve safety, non-destructive hydro-excavation eliminates many problem areas.

The Vac-Con Hydro-Excavator adds operational safety features including hydraulic door locks, an automatic vacuum breaker to prevent tank overfill and accidental discharge. Hydro excavation meets the requirements for safe excavation in both the United States and Canada.

Water tank capacities are available from 650 to 1,500 gallons and the tanks are backed by a ten-year warranty. Triplex water systems can be selected from flows of 10 GPM to 50 GPM or higher with 2,000 to 3,000 psi.

The ability to use a combination of pressurized water and a vacuum system allows for precise digging and daylighting of underground utilities or obstacles. Vac-Con’s X-Cavator™ supplies all power needed to perform safely and effectively and to provide benefits to customers who need alternative solutions to mechanical excavation.

Vac-Con is an industry leader in hydro-excavating solutions and can offer the application configurations to meet any needs.

Vac-Con Combination Sewer Cleaner

The Vac-Con Combination Sewer Cleaner is designed with the operator in mind. By listening to real customer experiences and needs, this combination machine makes cleaning sewers a simplified process, while offering the reliability and safety the industry needs.

The front-mounted hose reel includes an automated hose rewind guide, the Power Guide™, for operational ease. The operating controls are also in the front; the panel is easy-to-use and eliminates dual control requirements.

The high-capacity water pump allows for a variety of choices in pressure and flow. The user-friendly pump system is available with purge, reliefs, and front drain lines. A lubrication chart is provided for service ease.

Hydrostatic Combination Machine Lubrication Chart - Vac-Con

The combination machine also features a 3-stage centrifugal compressor with 27-inch Corten steel fans. The 2-engine design provides independent control of the vacuum and water systems. A centrifugal separator clean-out is included. The Vac-Con system allows for faster loading by providing up to 200-inch (H2O) of vacuum. The design allows for vacuuming underwater without the use of air gap attachments.

The water tanks are manufactured with cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) for increased durability. Internal and external elements will not deteriorate the tanks. Vac-Con backs the tanks with a ten-year warranty. The debris tank resists abrasion and rust with the use of Corten steel. The tank door is fastened securely with hydraulic locks, controlled from the side of the truck, for increased safety. The debris tank is covered with a five-year warranty.

Safety features include an automatic vacuum breaker to prevent overfill and atmospheric discharge, emergency shutdown, hydraulic interlock, low water alarm and light system. Reflective striping, strobe lights, and International Code Council (ICC) lighting provide increased safety.

The Combination Sewer Cleaner is available in 3.5, 5. 9, 11, 12 and 16-yard capacities. Additional standard features include a butterfly drain valve and hose, external load indicator, 270-degree hydraulic boom with transport cradle and weather resistant lockable toolboxes. Options include a 6 or 10 foot telescoping boom, wireless remote, articulating hose reel, hydrostatic drive, hydraulic pump-off and positive displacement blowers.

Power Flex Boom

The latest enhancement by Vac•Con, Inc. to its Municipal, Industrial and X-Cavator™ product lines is the launch of its new telescoping boom, known as Power Flex.  The Power Flex boom has the ability to rotate up to 315º, articulate up to 110º and lift up to 34 feet. The boom also telescopes out 8 feet for a reach of up to 28.5 feet from the truck, and is top-mounted on the debris tank, for front or rear positions. The flexibility of this new boom allows the customer to vacuum at multiple angles and levels for improved access to remote locations and improved maneuverability, especially in difficult work areas where positioning the truck is a problem. The boom can be outfitted on combination sewer cleaners, industrial machines and the X-Cavator™ product line.

Power Flex Boom - Vac-Con, Inc.

Vac-Con Industrial Truck Advantages

Below please find a quick comparison of Vac-Con and other manufacturers. These few items are vital to the machine to make it the best in the industry.

Debris Body
Some manufacturers only offer a debris body with a 15 yard tank capacity. Vac-Con’s 16 yard debris body means fewer trips to dump the debris which means increased productivity and more fuel saving over the life of the machine. The debris tank is made of special Core-ten steel which is naturally resistant to corrosion and it is abrasive resistant.

Bag House
Most other manufacturers use dual bag houses which hold 68 filter bags total. They do this because they believe the only way to filter the air is to use more filters. Vac-Con uses only 26 filter bags total. This means the other bags are three times as expensive and will take three times as long to perform cleaning and maintenance compared to the Vac-Con. Vac-Con achieves proper air filtration through better design allowing the operator to run the system at a lower engine RPM and engineering of airflow through the machine. Vac-Con uses the Trademark Star Bag which has more cloth to air ratio than the standard filter bag. Additionally, the Star Bags can be washed and reused. They are also much less expensive than the typical cartridge type filters.

Hydraulic Oil
Most manufacturers use a 35 gallon hydraulic oil tank; Vac-Con uses a 50 gallon tank. As a result, Vac-Con can operate the chassis engine at lower RPM because more fluids are available to run the vacuum PD blower which equates to more fuel cost savings over the life of the unit. The hydraulic oil does not run the PD blower; it is used for operating the debris tank, rear door opener and locks, and boom only. The Vac-Con unit does have a hydraulic cooler which keeps oil temperature at the correct temperature for longer component life. Vac-Con hydraulic oil meets or exceeds ISO 68 oil standards for longer component life.

Vacuum Beaker Safety Relief
Other manufacturer’s use manual air operated vacuum relief; Vac-Con uses an automatic vacuum breaker. This ensures more safety on the job and prevents overfilling of the debris tank which can lead to debris “blow-by” getting into the vacuum pump which leads to failure. Vac-Con has one of the fastest Operating Vacuum Breakers in the industry; capable of breaking full vacuum in under two seconds ensuring operator safety.

Material Return System
The Vac-Con material return system was the first of its kind in the industry. The Vac-Con Industrial Material Returns system recovers the excess product from the filters and collects them in a hopper where they are evacuated back into the debris tank. This allows more time on the job and less time at the dump site. The operator is not exposed to the vacuumed product and does not have to manually clean or decontaminant the shoot tubes or collection boxes.

Debris Tank Vibrator
Some manufacturers do not offer any type of debris tank vibrator. Vac-Con offers both and electric and hydraulic vibrators. The hydraulic vibrator allows for a stronger vibration enabling the system to break loose heavier material when dumping the debris out of the body. The vibrator can also be used to loosen the material cake off of the Star bags so that it can be removed by the material return system allowing for longer run times on the job.

Debris Tank Construction
Most other manufacturers use mild steel for their debris tank construction whereas Vac-Con uses a Core-Ten steel tank which is much more durable steel that does not require a coating to protect it. It is much more abrasion and corrosion resistant to the mild steel. This means longer tank life on the Vac-Con.

Debris Tank Air Inlet
Vac-Con uses a final filter bag that protects the blower from unwanted carry over. Also the Vac-Con Inlet has twice the total square inches than any other manufactures allowing the Vac-Con to run at slower speeds.

What do all of these Vac Con advantages mean for you:

  • Vac-Con will load faster and has a larger debris body which means less travel time to empty the tank.
  • Fewer filter bags means lower cost and less maintenance time and cost.
  • ac-Con’s debris tank will last longer due to the Core-Ten steel which means a longer life expectancy for the truck.
  • Vac-Con Industrial loader has the state of the art Material Return System allowing for hands free cleaning of the machine and less decontaminate time between wet and dry jobs.

We hope that you can see by these comparisons that our system has all of the options and advantages that you need to provide a system for your clients that will get the job done quicker and save you more money over the life of the truck.

Hydroexcavation Q & A

Q: How long has Vac-Con been making the X-Cavator™?

A: Vac-Con has been building hydroexcavators since 1994.

Hydro Excavators Truck - Vac-Con®

Q: How long have contractors in Canada been primarily using hydroexcavators?

A: Canadian contractors began using hydroexcavators in the early 1960’s (about 50 years ago).


Q: What percentage of Canadians use hydroexcavation over other digging methods?

A: 80% of Canadian Industrial contractors and about 50% of Canadian General Contractors use hydroexcavation in one form or another.


Q: What percentage of Americans use hydroexcavation over other digging methods?

A: Not enough, but about 10% of American contractors use hydroexcavators, the vast majority being in the petroleum industries.


Q: Why is hydroexcavation so much safer than other digging methods?

A: Hydro Excavation is a non-mechanical, non-destructive way of safely exposing buried utilities.  The process allows workers to stay on the surface (out of the excavation), thus eliminating accidental line damage or trench cave-ins.  Additionally, the risk/cost factor over a long period of time generally supports hydroexcavation over hand digging or mechanical means.


Q: What makes the Vac-Con X-Cavator™ so much better?
A: 1) Built to suit applications

  • The X-Cavator™ is capable of operating in virtually all excavation applications based on versatility through available features

2) Innovative industry leading features

  • Such as the choice of front or rear-mounted boom, PowerFlex Boom, Hi-Dump, Positive Displacement or Centrifugal Compressor, and a broad list of additional options give the X-Cavator™ unmatched versatility.

3) Service

  • A worldwide network of factory trained dealers gives the depth of service necessary in today’s fast-moving business environment.


Q: How effective is the hydroexcavation package on the combination machine compared to the X-Cavator™?

A: The hydro-excavation package is just as effective as an X-Cavator™.  However, there are laws that prohibit cross-contamination of sanitary sewer and excavated soils therefore an X-Cavator™ would be beneficial.


Q: What is the difference between the front-mounted and rear-mounted boom?

A: The retracted length of the front-mounted boom is 190“ from the rotational pivot to the center of the 8” opening on the elbow.  It also has a 120” (10’) telescopic boom section.  Added together you have 310” or 25.83’ from the center of the truck or 21.83’ from the side of the truck.  The front-mounted boom allows for 270⁰ rotation.  The rear-mounted boom has a 315⁰ rotation and fully extended, reaches about 28.5’ from the center of the rotational pivot to the rear and 24.5’ from the side.


Q: What is the storage capacity of the Vac-Con X-Cavator™?


  • storage box behind the cab (16” x 42” x 96”)
  • single axle units – driver’s side storage cabinet (51” x 24” x 24”)
  • tandem axle units – driver’s side storage cabinet (51” x 44” x 24”)
  • tandem axle units – storage box behind cab (16” x 42” x 48”)

Q: What is the water system capacity of the X-Cavator™?

A: up to 1,300 gallons


Q: What is the boiler output?

A: 410,000 BTU & 1,200,000 BTU


Q: What type of vacuum systems are available?

A: Fan or Positive Displacement blower

Types of Vacuum System and Drive

Q: What is the water system output?

A: GPM – 10 +       PSI – 3000+


Q: What types of digging tools are available?  (nozzles, wands, mats, etc.)

A: Vac-Con offers a wide variety of tools for any digging application.


Q: What cab and chassis options are available?

A: Vac-Con is capable of producing the X-Cavator™ on any commercially available chassis but maintains an inventor of Freightliner Pull Chassis up to 450 horsepower for faster delivery.




Tom Jody, Marketing Director

Mike Selby, National Service Manager

Mike Pellechia, Hydroexcavator Product Manager


A cost-effective and safe alternative to mechanical excavation methods for underground construction applications in private and public land-use areas.

Hydro Excavation Truck - Vac-Con®

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