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.

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.

Hydroexcavation Q & A

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

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

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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.

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The Advantage of Hydro Excavation

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