MAKING SENSE OF VACUUM EXCAVATOR SPECS

MAKING SENSE OF VACUUM EXCAVATOR SPECS

When it’s time for you to add a new vacuum excavator to your fleet, you’ll likely spend time reviewing equipment specifications to determine the right machine for your needs. With all of the different specs outlined in product brochures, you may have a few questions...
SAFETY TIPS FOR OPERATING VACUUM EXCAVATORS

SAFETY TIPS FOR OPERATING VACUUM EXCAVATORS

Vacuum excavators have earned the reputation of being a safe alternative to traditional methods of exposing buried utilities in the underground construction industry. While this soft excavation method will help reduce the risk of a utility strike, there are a few...
Spec’ing a vacuum excavator

Spec’ing a vacuum excavator

Selecting the right vacuum excavator for your business With all of the different makes and models of vacuum excavators on the market today, choosing the right one isn’t necessarily an easy decision for anyone. However, answering a few easy questions can help narrow...
10 Piercing Tool Tips to Help You Be More Productive

10 Piercing Tool Tips to Help You Be More Productive

Piercing tools are small yet powerful tools that allow for a quick and easy way to install utility lines. These 10 tips will help in the selection, inspection, use and maintenance of the tool. 1) When selecting a piercing tool, the diameter of the tool is the first...
It Pays to Double Check Locates

It Pays to Double Check Locates

The vast and complex array of underground utility lines means that a One Call contractor’s marks may not be as accurate as your underground project demands. What to do before you start digging The first step is to contact your state’s One Call office and provide them...
What You Need to Know About Utility Locators  

What You Need to Know About Utility Locators  

Arguably the most important part of any underground excavation job is always the same: accurately locating the utility lines. While there are other pre-work measures, work cannot begin on the jobsite until all utilities are identified. While locating remains an...
Cradle Boring Machines Make A Comeback

Cradle Boring Machines Make A Comeback

Installing pipeline across the United States, once a booming business in the 1960s, slowed in the late ’80s and ’90s. Today, thanks to the discovery of shale oil and gas, it’s back — and so is the cradle boring machine. These long-distance jobs often call for about 50...
Auger Boring Safety

Auger Boring Safety

Boosting safety on your next auger boring job Anytime individuals are working around large equipment like auger boring machines — no matter the industry — there is always a risk for injury. Despite the best efforts of crews and contractors to instill a culture of...
Four Factors for Vacuum Setup

Four Factors for Vacuum Setup

Four factors to consider for a scalable vacuum setup.   These days, contractors are finding that getting to and from a project with a vacuum excavator that scales is a challenge in and of itself. Between harsher state and federal regulations and a shortage of viable...
Application is King in Vacuum Selection

Application is King in Vacuum Selection

Application is King in Vacuum Selection It’s no secret that vacuum excavators are a big purchase, and you’ll find out quickly if you made the wrong choice. Different jobs require different size and power characteristics. If we could stress only one thing about the...
Common Locating Mistakes Part 2

Common Locating Mistakes Part 2

4 steps for troubleshooting a challenging locate   Last month, Cody Mecham — regional sales manager at McLaughlin — walked us through the most common locating mistakes he sees from both rookie and seasoned locators. Since April is Safe Digging Month, we’re continuing...

5 reasons to forget the others and go with McLaughlin

The underground infrastructure is a crowded place and so is the market for industry equipment. This list should make your purchasing process a little easier. 1) Suite of equipment As the industry continues to change, one factor remains the same — any job that takes...

‘Missile’ helps contractor install utilities

Pneumatic piercing tools offer an alternative trenchless method for utility installations Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) has quickly become the preferred method of the underground construction industry. Travis Fields, owner of the Mole Inc., isn’t afraid to say...
Do you make these common utility locating mistakes?

Do you make these common utility locating mistakes?

The most frequent missteps in locating and how to correct them   More utilities are going in the ground every day — and that means the risk of a utility strike happening is going up. Many contractors refuse to take chances by relying on One Call and 811 records alone,...
Put Wage To Work Wednesday

Put Wage To Work Wednesday

From start to finish, from welding a skid to painting a tank, hands on management is the McLaughlin way. Here at McLaughlin painting our vacuum excavator’s is a three part process: starting in the wash down booth, to the epoxy primer, and  completed with a...
Providing Solutions in Australia

Providing Solutions in Australia

We spoke with Brian from Capricorn Pipe Cleaning & Maintenance to learn more about their new equipment and the company’s expanded capabilities. It was two years ago when Brian Barram met with Vermeer product specialist Anthony O’Grady to discuss purchasing a...
Custom Vacuum Excavator Trucks

Custom Vacuum Excavator Trucks

Check out how a customer customized their new Vermeer ECO80 Vacuum Excavator Built by McLaughlin. The custom truck features a compact core saw for quick and easy hard surface cutting keeping you prepared for any jobsite challenge! It also has dry spoil tanks allowing...
Get to know your Vacuum Excavator

Get to know your Vacuum Excavator

In the market for a new vac? Don’t miss these technical tips. While there are numerous applications for vacuum excavators, including locating underground utilities, cleaning up drill fluid on horizontal directional drilling (HDD) jobs and cleaning water valve boxes,...
Vermeer VX30 Gen3 Vacuum Excavator Built by McLaughlin

Vermeer VX30 Gen3 Vacuum Excavator Built by McLaughlin

New generation of vacuum excavators offers fresh features, same reliability Vermeer VX30 Gen3 by McLaughlin packs innovative tools in compact footprint GREENVILLE, S.C. —  Building on the successful introduction of the VX50 Gen3, McLaughlin is introducing the next...
Obama signes PIPES Act into Law

Obama signes PIPES Act into Law

The United States has the largest energy pipeline network on the globe, more than 2.6 million miles of pipelines are underneath U.S. soil, this powerhouse of utilities could wrap around the world about 86 times. Therefore as the congested underground continues to be...

Employee Spotlight- Jason Manasco

Jason Manasco has been with McLaughlin for about 7 years and been in the manufacturing industry for close to 10 years. “I’m the auger boring guru” he says, “any and every question comes to me.” As the supervisor of the trenchless boring department he keeps the back in...

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