Vermeer ECO75, VX75 vacuum excavators fill mid-range gap

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Updated Dec 1, 2017
McLaughlin’s ECO75 vacuum excavatorMcLaughlin’s ECO75 vacuum excavator

The Vermeer ECO75 and VX75 from McLaughlin are designed to fill a gap in the mid-range vacuum excavator market, for use on compact job sites, production potholing, setting power poles or fluid management during directional drilling, the company says.

Both the ECO75 truck-mounted and VX75 trailer-mounted vacuum excavators feature a 5-inch boom option designed to pull more material and reduce clogging.

The vacuum blower produces 1,200 cubic feet per minute, and the water pump can provide up to 3,000 pounds per square inch of pressure. They are both powered by a 74-horsepower Deutz Tier 4 Final engine, which is designed to reduce fuel consumption.

Spoil tank capacities come in 500, 800 or 1,200 gallons.

The VX75 can be pulled by a 1-ton truck. The ECO75 with a 500-gallon spoil tank can be mounted to a single-axle truck with 26,000-pound gross vehicle weight. Under this option, the driver does not need a CDL. The 800-gallon spoil tank option can be mounted on a single-axle, 16-foot truck bed with a gross vehicle weight of 33,000 pounds. Other options for the vacuum excavators include a sewer jetter or an air compressor.

They come standard with McLaughlin’s three-stage cyclonic filtration system, which allows for both wet and dry vacuum excavation, and cam-over hydraulic rear door, which keeps the door to the spoil tank sealed without additional clamping requirements, even under reverse pressure, the company says. McLaughlin also put no components inside the tank, which keeps all maintenance on the outside.