Ask yourself questions when buying a vacuum excavator

Buying a vacuum truck is not an everyday activity. There is simply a lot to consider. We would gladly provide you with advice regarding the focal points if you are considering buying a vacuum excavator. Do you feel like buying a vacuum truck might not be a good investment over time? If so, you can also rent a vacuum excavator from Saugbaggersales.

What is the required tank capacity?

You need to consider the capacity and tank capacity of the vacuum excavator. Therefore, take note of the size of the tank when buying a vacuum excavator. The larger the tank capacity, the more you can vacuum and transport. However, a large tank capacity also requires more power when vacuuming. Besides, the truck will be heavier. Match the tank capacity to the job and consider what is most efficient for you.

What tasks/applications is the vacuum truck used for?

There are various types of vacuum trucks, with each type being suitable for certain tasks. In addition, vacuum trucks can be ordered with a variety of options, including a suction and blowing function. This allows the truck to be used for suction work, but also for blowing work. Consider which work tasks you will use the vacuum excavator for, and ask for advice. In addition, you can also choose a vacuum truck with or without a suction arm. For many tasks, a suction arm is not necessary.

What features do I need?

Just like buying a passenger car, you can equip a vacuum excavator with a variety of options that support you in your work. For example:

  • Hi-lift functionality, where the tank can be lifted in its entirety, allowing unloading into big bags, containers, drum or other storage devices;
  • Remote control for controlling the truck and suction arm remotely;
  • The Roots blower makes it possible to have the vacuum truck not only suck, but also blow. The pump comes with different power ratings;
  • Mounting an air compressor for the use of pneumatic tools;
  • High-pressure water pump for using a high-pressure hose.

What is the desired suction power?

Besides the tank size, the type of vacuum system and the suction power of the truck should be checked. The power of the vacuum truck determines how efficiently the material can be vacuumed. You will have to consider the distances over which you will be carrying out work and what the desired suction power of these should be. Is this sufficient and to your liking? Vacuum excavators are available with a single or a double pump. Excavators equipped with a double pump are difficult to acquire.

Chassis, bodywork and number of axles

In addition to choosing from various options, you can also decide which type of chassis you want. The vacuum trucks are available with various construction and drive options. For instance, you can choose a three, four or even a five-axle chassis with different drive options. This depends on the area where the vacuum truck will be used.

There is also the option of choosing a Max-loader or a Flex-loader. The Max-loader is built on a semi-trailer chassis and offers high payload capacity and versatility. This chassis shape is very suitable for applying roof gravel or blowing sand. The Flex-loader is a freestanding and autonomous installation on a container frame. It can be placed on a truck with a container frame, hook lift or cable system. This installation is ideal for vacuuming dry and wet substances.

Does it meet legal requirements?

Lastly, it is essential to ensure that the vacuum truck complies with legal safety regulations, environmental standards and certificates. Make sure that the truck is equipped with the right safety features, such as alarm systems, emergency stop switches and overload protection. After all, you don’t want any unpleasant surprises!