Industrial Vacuum Trucks

The word Industrial, as quoted from Webster Dictionary, simply means pertaining to, of the nature of, or resulting from Industry. In the Vacuum truck market, any truck that vacuums could be considered an Industrial unit. There are many different applications for the user of vacuum trucks in our market today, such as sewer sanitation line cleaning, storm drains, catch basins, containment pits and hydro –excavation. These types of vacuum trucks use a combination of vacuum and high pressure water at different flow rates to clean pipes and basins. Normally the material being vacuumed is damp or wet and sometimes a slurry material. This wet material conveys easily into the holding body or debris tank without much carry over into the atmosphere.

Industrial Vacuum Trucks

Not all material is wet and there is a need for the industry to have a machine that is capable of not only vacuuming wet material but also dry powder type materials, such as fly ash, cement powders and the like. These materials if vacuumed with a standard style vacuum truck would instantly make a cloud of dust into the atmosphere out of the exhaust of the blower. The common name for this type of vacuum truck is ”Industrial Vacuum Loader”. Continue reading

The Advantage of Hydro Excavation

The word excavation is generally used when referring to archaeology. It is defined as the exposure, processing and recording of archaeological remains. Archaeological excavation is a time consuming process which can often take several years.

In the late 1800s gold rushers from California developed a controlled excavation practice in order to mine gold. This included the use of use steam pump-pressurized water to erode land masses, and then screen the slurry to capture the gold. This was quite an unsafe practice and would often lead to many fatalities.

With development in technology, controlled excavations can now be performed by a much safer and faster process called hydro excavation. The process of removing or moving soil with pressurized water is known as hydro excavation and the equipment used for this are known as hydro excavators. Continue reading

Who We Are – Vacuum Truck Leaders

Once again our service guru, Mike Selby, has outdone himself. He wants to let the world know who we are, so here it is.

Vac-Con was started in 1986 with two simple concepts; provide the customer with a quality machine at a lower price and make the machine the easiest to operate and maintain. 27 years later and with almost 7000 machines in the marketplace, these two key concepts still remain at the forefront of our mission.

The Vac-Con combination machine employs a two engine design that is engineered with the operator’s safety and comfort in mind. The deck mounted auxiliary engine drives the water system. Our water systems flow anywhere from 10 gallons per minute to 120 gallons per minute and require from 28 to 170 horsepower. Using the auxiliary engine to drive the water system allows the chassis engine to remain at idle during flushing, which reduces fuel usage, reduces heat that the operator is subjected to, reduces noise and, with the front operators station, enhances the overall safety of the operator by keeping them out of oncoming traffic. Currently Vac-Con offers two types of auxiliary engines, a 140 horsepower diesel engine or a 220 horsepower V-10 gasoline engine, and with the optional hydraulic pump installed, Continue reading

How to Unblock a Sewer with Sewer Jetting Trucks

The importance of employing appropriate sewer cleaning practices, whether in your home, factory or city cannot be undermined. A well maintained sewer goes a long way in improving health and cleanliness.

There are various types of material that can clog the sewer. These include tree roots, sludge, minerals, dirt, grease, and sand.

Sewer Jetting Truck from Vac-Con®

The process of unclogging the sewer is known as sewer jetting. Specialized vehicles used to clean sewers are known as sewer cleaning trucks. A typical sewer cleaning truck should be able to remove sand, stones, bottles, trash, grease, sludge, roots and other debris from sanitary sewers and storm drain pipes, manholes, inlets and vaults.

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5 Seconds Can Ruin Your Entire Day

Phil  Phil Curnilia, our Product Improvement Specialist, explains why just 5 seconds can ruin your whole day.

While in the grand scheme of things, 5 seconds isn’t all that long, its longer that you may think. To help you out with your sense of time, take 5 seconds and watch this.


Q: Why do the engine lights keep coming on in the chassis?

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The Vac-Con Parts Department

Brad Zangla - Parts Manager Brad Zangla, our Parts Manager is constantly fielding questions regarding our policies and procedures in his department of expertise, so here are a few FAQs that may ease your inquiring mind.



1. Q: What is Vac-Con’s standard warranty?


    A: Our standard warranty is 1-year, but we also have a 5-year warranty that covers debris tanks, vacuum compressors, and the auxiliary engine drive system. Additionally, we have a 10-year warranty on water tanks. All warranties are included in the standard truck price.



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Ask the Vac-Con Service Guru

selby-1      On an average day, our Vac-Con Service Guru, err, Service Manager, Mike Selby, fields approximately one zillion and one questions throughout the course of the day.  Some simple, some complicated, some technical, and others easily explained in lamens terms.  So we figured, hey, if one of us is wondering about this we bet there is at least one other person on planet earth wondering the same thing, so we’re going to lay them out there for you.  Oh, by the way, if you have any particular questions you’d like to ask, please feel free to e-mail them to and we’ll be sure to get you an answer straight away.

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