Vac Dig is a leading manufacturer and supplier of non-destructive digging equipment, bringing the best technology to market with friendly customer service.
From small beginnings, the family-owned business has thrived to become one of the sector’s most trusted companies.
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Vac Dig General Manager Marc Farrall has spent decades in the utilities sector and has seen the needs of the industry grow and change over time. After 17 years working in horizontal directional drilling (HDD), Mr Farrall spotted a need for non-destructive digging (NDD) equipment that was not yet readily available.
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“Market research also highlighted that most of the equipment available was imported and restricted to fixed designs,” says Mr Farrall.
“Having direct access to our family engineering business, we set about designing and manufacturing our first vac truck, designed to my specific needs, all Australian made and built to suit our demanding environment. Our first truck went into service with my drilling company in 2010 and immediately attracted much interest from colleagues and the Australian market in general.
“From these humble beginnings Vac Dig commenced commercial production in 2011 and has never looked back.”
Today, Vac Dig uses the latest innovative technologies and manufacturing methods to position itself as a leading NDD equipment supplier in Australia. Mr Farrall says the company refuses to compromise on premium components and selects the best materials to maximise performance, payloads, reliability and, most importantly, its customer’s profitability.
“Unlike many other companies, we have the benefit of operating our equipment in the field, on real jobs, giving us the ability to fine tune performance, improve ease of operation and safety,” he says.
“We pride ourselves on our after sales service and product back up; it’s second to none. Our entrepreneurial, innovative and progressive approach to all that we do will continue to place us ahead of the rest and we are proudly Australian made. Manufacturing in Australia is vital to our future prosperity.”
The SVD Range
Vac Dig’s SVD Range of trucks is one of the most efficient and reliable machines currently available to the Australian market, with a range of useful features to suit a range of job circumstances. The truck’s hydraulic system is driven by heavy duty oil bath clutch PTO’s with close coupled Hydro Leduc Industrial standard bent axis piston pumps, while the integrated engine RPM control is installed and pre-set to raise the truck RPM level to up to two pre-set RPM ranges.
Equipped with a Jurop Helix 750 air injected blower, the system has specific and accurate lobe profiles granting high volumetric efficiency and high flow rates combined with minimised dimensions and vacuum rates that can reach 93 per cent of 28 inHg of vacuum.
The SVD Range is available in vacuum tank capacities of 7,000 and 10,000 L for debris and the tanks are constructed from 6 mm steel. The trucks also have a capacity of 2,000 L for water integrated into the debris tank with an option for larger capacities, while 20 m of 3/8 high pressure hose on a retractable reel, a 1.2 m potholing lance with turbo nozzle and a 1.2 m, 6 inch (152 mm) suction comes standard issue.
Mr Farrall says regardless of whether a customer is interested in a 1,000 L or 10,000 L truck across any range, they will have access to the best customer service available from experienced and knowledgeable experts.
“We are not just a manufacturing company, we also operate our equipment on a daily basis so when you call to discuss your own requirements, rest assured you will be guided by people who know exactly what you’re up against, not just fill your head with BS to make a sale.”
Vac Dig’s vacuum excavators are available for rent or purchase all throughout Australia.
This article was featured in the September 2020 edition of Trenchless Australasia. To view the magazine on your PC, Mac, tablet or mobile device, click here.
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You may have heard the term “shop vac” before, but may not be all top clear on what it actually is. To say the least, shop vacs are indeed very powerful and useful cleaning tools. Simply put, it is a vacuum intended for heavy-duty uses that normal vacuums just cannot deal with. Let’s get right to it and talk about everything you need to know about the infamous shop vac.
A shop vac is a special kind of vacuum most often used in construction and woodworking. These things consist of a high-powered motor and suction unit which sucks up dirt, debris, and chunks of material from building sites and woodworking shops. They feature a very big and tough hose, a big canister for holding the debris, and they work wonders for cleaning very dirty spaces.
Many people refer to shop vacs as bucket vacuums because, well, they look like buckets with a hose coming out of it. They usually feature wheels to make them easy to navigate around any space. Simply put, this is not the kind of vacuum that you would generally use to clean your home. It is intended for big-time jobs.
Shop vacs are usually only used in constructions sites or woodworking shops, hence why they are called shop vacs. This particular type of vacuum is meant for sucking up nails, screws, other smaller metal pieces, sawdust, chunks of wood, and any other smaller objects that are often on the ground of a woodworking shop or construction site.
Sure, you can use one of these bad buys to do some home vacuuming, but that is not what it is built for, nor is it really ideal for home-cleaning purposes. Some shop vacs, the more expensive ones, can sometimes even suck up water and other wet messes. These are called wet/dry shop vacs and they are very versatile. Construction sites, especially when outdoors, can get pretty wet sometimes, so having a water-capable shop vac is often seen as quite a big bonus.
There are a few certain differences between a conventional home vacuum and the shop vac, so let’s look at them.
As we mentioned before, perhaps the biggest difference is that shop vacs are intended for heavy-duty jobs with larger pieces of debris. Normal vacuums are only meant for dust, dirt, and other little particles. On the other hand, shop vacs can suck up nails, screws, and wood chunks with no problem, all things which would be way too heavy and big for a normal vacuum to handle.
Shop vacs have bigger and tougher hoses in order to handle those big, chunky, and often sharp pieces of debris. Due to their intended use, shop vacs are quite a bit bigger and bulkier than your average home vacuum. They need to be big to handle shop cleanup.
Shop vacs have a much more powerful motor than normal vacuums. This is totally necessary so that it can suck up big and heavy objects.
Shop vacs often need to be lifted up and flipped around in order to empty them of anything that has been sucked up. This is unlike a normal vacuum where you can simply remove the bag or filter compartment.
Normal household vacuums have pretty good filters to improve air quality in your home and stop small particles from re-entering the air in your home. On the other hand, shop vacs usually do not have any kind of filter. Their main purpose is sucking up and housing various objects, not cleaning the air.
Shop vacs generally come with a big tube with a wide opening, but that is it. Shop vacs usually do not come with any kind of carpet, fabric, or drape cleaning accessories as that is not what they are intended for.
There are both advantages and disadvantages to having a shop vac.
Generally speaking, unless your house is very messy and there are often large amounts of big debris around, you don’t really need a shop vac for your home. Sure, you can use them for cleaning your driveway, veranda, porch, or garage, but for general carpet and floor cleaning, shop vacs are both unnecessary and not all that ideal.
This depends on the type of shop vac that you purchase. Some shop vacs can only handle dry things, but there are also wet/dry shop vacs that can suck up liquid as well as dry things. Of course, buying a shop vac that can suck up water will cost you more than one that does not have this ability.
The bottom line is that shop vacs are certainly very useful tools if the circumstances call for it. While they may not be the best choice for general home floor and carpet cleaning, if you work on a construction site, woodworking shop, or want it for driveway and garage cleaning, they make for some pretty useful tools indeed.
The fact that they are so high powered and can handle such a large variety of materials definitely makes them ideal for anybody who engages in heavy-duty cleanup jobs. If you're looking to add one of these handy units to your home, check out our reviews of the best shop vacs and you will be sure to find a suitable model.