McLaughlin has introduced the new ECO truck mounted vacuum excavator series to answer the market’s demand for a compact vacuum excavation system that focuses on performance and improved fuel efficiency. Powered by 49-, 85-, or 99-horsepower auxiliary engines, ECO Series vacuum excavators offer utility contractors fuel economy, lower operating costs, and reduced maintenance. With the ability to choose from 500- to 1200-gallon (1892.7 to 3028.3 L) spoil tank capacities—and the ability to mount ECO Series units on both new and used truck chassis—contractors can customize the truck vacuum excavator to their specific needs. The 4-inch line of ECO truck vacuum excavators uses properly sized engines to power components and reduces excess fuel consumption that can occur when using a vacuum excavator powered by a 270-horsepower PTO-driven truck engine. “Some jobs are going to require larger vacuum excavators with 6-inch and 8-inch suction hoses and, therefore, more horsepower. PTO-driven vacuums make more sense in those higher horsepower applications,” said McLaughlin vice president Jeff Wage. “A 4-inch vacuum system can run off a 49-horsepower engine. A contractor using a 270-horsepower PTO-driven truck engine to power the 4-inch vacuum on a jobsite all day would waste fuel. By using an auxiliary engine package that is properly sized for urban jobsites, the ECO Series vacuum excavators offer both a small footprint and fuel economy.” According to Wage, many contractors consider daily, weekly, and annual project operating costs over the life cycle of an equipment investment. “The Kubota 49-hp engine in the ECO vacuum excavators burns 50 percent less fuel per hour than a 270-hp diesel truck engine,” he said. “The Kubota 49-hp engine burns 2.75 gallons of fuel per hour as opposed to 6 gallons per hour with a 270 hp diesel truck engine. If gas is $2.00 per gallon, that’s a cost savings of $6.50 per hour. If an operator runs a vacuum excavator truck for 40 hours a week, that can mean up to $13,000 in annual fuel savings.”


This article originally was published in the 3rd Quarter 2016 PCCA Journal. Pages 47-48

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