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Tips and guides to help you find the right vacuum excavation

Here's some tips and guides on how to find the right vacuum excavation for your job

1. What is vacuum excavation?

Also known as non-destructive digging, vacuum excavation is the combination of air vacuum and high-pressure water blasting to safely excavate an area. Used to remove materials like dirt, mud, slurry and more from the earth, vacuum excavation involves cutting into the ground with water and sucking the debris into a tank, where it is later disposed of. Vacuum excavation is great for safely exposing underground utilities.

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2. What is the right vacuum truck for my job?

To decide which vacuum truck is right for your project, it’s important to consider a number of factors. The most important aspects to check include:

  • Project size and scope
  • Site maneuverability

Vacuum trucks are available for hire in a range of sizes, so the machine you pick will likely depend on the size of your project, and how often you’ll need to dump materials. Residential projects will likely only require a small vacuum truck, whereas roadworks or larger civil applications will need bigger machines. It’s best to speak with your supplier if you’re unsure of what machine you’ll need.

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3. Do you need a license to operate a vacuum truck?

While there isn’t a specific license that you need to provide in order to operate a vacuum truck, extensive training and experience is required in order to operate the machine on most construction sites. The weight of the vacuum truck will influence whether or not you need a class C driver’s license or a heavy vehicle license - these licenses vary from state-to-state in Australia.

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4. What are typical vacuum truck hire rates?

Have a look at the average vacuum truck hire rates here:

  • 1,000L Vacuum truck dry hire - $500 + GST per day
  • 1,000L Vacuum truck wet hire - $140 + GST per hour
  • 3,000L Vacuum truck dry hire - $550 + GST per day
  • 3,000L Vacuum truck wet hire - $170 + GST per hour
  • 6,000L Vacuum truck dry hire - $625 + GST per day
  • 6,000L Vacuum truck wet hire - $200 + GST per hour
  • 7,000L Vacuum truck dry hire - $650 + GST per day
  • 7,000L Vacuum truck wet hire - $225 + GST per hour

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5. What are the best vacuum truck brands?

Vacuum trucks’ popularity has seen a massive spike around Australia in recent years. The leading manufacturers found amongst Australia’s construction sites include:

  • Vermeer
  • Vac Dig
  • Vorstrom
  • STG Global
  • VAC Group

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6. Where can I hire a vacuum truck?

iSeekplant has a nationwide network of superior vacuum truck hire suppliers operating in all Australian capital cities from Brisbane to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne to Darwin, Perth and Adelaide. We also offer vacuum truck hire solutions in all major towns and cities from Mackay down to the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Newcastle, and then across the country to Geraldton and Mandurah.

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