Vermeer XR2 vacuum excavator combines soft dig with on-site separation

Updated Sep 25, 2020

Now that hydro excavation and soft dig are becoming popular as underground contractors seek more ways to avoid utility hits, two basic problems with the process have come to the forefront, says Vermeer.

One is dumping the spoils in an approved manner. The other is getting an uninterrupted full day’s service out of a hydrovac truck, which can reach spoil tank capacity before the day is over, causing work to stop while the truck travels to and from an approved dump site.

To combat these things, the XR2 separates the solids and liquids on board and onsite, instead of having the unit retain all materials in one spoil tank and then make multiple disposal trips.

Check out our full breakdown in the video below.

To read our full feature article on the XR2, click here.