Product Focus: Pipe Bursting Methods and Projects

Product Focus: Pipe Bursting Methods and Projects

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Horizontal Directional Drilling

American Augers DD600

The DD600 maxi-rig directional drill from American Augers is equipped with a 755 hp Stage V/T4F/T3 CAT C18 engine that does not require diesel exhaust fluid, making it the only machine of its kind in this class. The simple exhaust system increases uptime and reliability, eliminating daily job site struggles with DEF. Additionally, the 755 hp engine allows for higher demand loads without challenging the engine capacity, and the Stage V engine classification meets emission standards for engines in Europe. The weight meets standard transportation requirements, meaning no special permits are required. It can also be transported without removing the wrenches, saving hours in assembly and disassembly time. A hydraulic catwalk helps expedite the time required to set up and tear down, as well as the number of people it takes to do so. 800-324-4930;


Ditch Witch Warlock W12

The Warlock W12 from Ditch Witch is a PTO-driven vacuum excavator that offers dual 600-gallon saddle tanks and a 12-cubic-yard debris tank, bringing increased capacity and performance to the job site. Available with a 5,000 cfm blower and 27 inches Hg of vacuum power, it helps operators take on bigger jobs and maximize job site uptime. 580-336-4402;

Dynablast CAB420FLS-12V

The Dynablast CAB420FLS-12V water heater produces 420,000 Btu with an output temperature of 175 degrees F at 5 gpm to work in colder climates and for improved digging in clay-filled areas. All models come with Edison Testing Laboratories certification for safety, which also includes certification on the coil for higher efficiency and heat transfer, stainless steel target plate for increased coil life and designed with serviceability in mind with momentary override control. Its full cabinet design and 24-by-24-inch footprint are compatible with compact installations. 905-867-4642;

Enz USA Hydro X

The Hydro X nozzle from Enz USA is available in 3/8-inch NPT or 1/2-inch connecting threads, and it can function at up to 5,000 psi with flow as low as 8 gpm. It combines a powerful, oscillating water jet with a high debris removal rate. A tungsten carbide front jet ensures a longer life than ceramic jets can offer. For quick and easy maintenance, a repair kit is available. Due to the nozzle’s simplicity, repairs can be made quickly and efficiently in the field with little downtime. For the operator’s safety, a plastic cover provides protection against harsh and sensitive environments. 888-369-8721;

GapVax HV33

Designed to safely transport water and debris in urban areas, the GapVax HV33 is shorter, smaller and more compact than its predecessor. It is 30 feet long overall on a medium-duty chassis and includes a 600-gallon water tank, 6-cubic-yard debris body, 6- or 8-inch top-mounted telescoping boom with a 14- to 17.5-foot reach, 4,000 cfm power and an inverted, full-opening tailgate. 888-442-7829;

Haaker Equipment TRUVAC HXX

The TRUVAC HXX hydroexcavation truck, distributed by Haaker Equipment, utilizes pressurized water to break up soil and a powerful vacuum system to simultaneously extract debris, exposing pipes without causing damage. Its precision allows for a more accurate assessment of pipeline conditions, ensuring optimal planning for subsequent procedures. This equipment also excels in densely populated or confined urban areas, where space constraints demand a meticulous approach. Its nondestructive nature not only enhances safety but also accelerates project timelines by mitigating the need for extensive restoration. 800-200-3432;

Hi-Vac X-13

Contractors, municipalities and utility service providers depend on Hi-Vac X-13 hydroexcavators to safely and efficiently trench for new sewer and wastewater lines with minimal disturbance to surrounding areas. They combine surgically precise hydroexcavating power with low-maintenance components that help minimize downtime. Simple, intuitive controls and quick access to all critical systems mean jobs get done faster. A 13-cubic-yard debris tank, up to 24,500-pound payload capacity and 1,140-gallon freshwater capacity, help reduce the number of costly job site returns. Power is provided by a 5,800 cfm, 27-inch Hg high-performance blower and a run-dry water pump that delivers 20 gpm at 2,500 psi. The 360-degree, top-mounted boom provides full accessibility in every direction, and a heavy-duty hydraulic vibrator provides fast and efficient unloading of the debris body. Designed for safe and easy operation, it only requires a short learning curve. 800-752-2400;

HotJet USA Vac’n Jet Series

The HotJet USA Vac’n Jet Series of vacuum trailer jetters are compact and specially engineered to haul equipment and the spoils load, perform hydroexcavation, and clean valve boxes, storm drains and drain/sewer lines. They feature hot and/or cold water operation with a choice of engine options ranging from 23 to 70 hp and gas or diesel operation. They are equipped with premium triplex pumps, a 500-gallon spoils tank, up to 440-gallon water tanks, Gardner/Denver vac/blowers, a 4-ton hydraulic dump and a dual filter centri-clean filter system. They can also be custom engineered and designed to meet specifications. 800-624-8186;

Hydra-Flex Ripsaw HD

The Ripsaw HD from Hydra-Flex is designed for the hydroexcavation industry to make potholing and digging easy. The 0-degree front stream rotates at an 18-degree cone of coverage, creating optimal angles to get jobs done quicker while using less water. It utilizes flow-straightening technology to ensure all water particles flow along one smooth path to create an efficient and powerful impact force. Built with heavy-duty coating, stainless steel housing and tungsten carbide wear surfaces, its long-lasting, premium components stand tall against frost, shale, rocky soil and more. Its coating is nonconductive, which provides extra safety for both users and underground utilities. It is designed to be repairable — not replaceable — to extend the nozzle’s life so you’re back up and running in only 10 minutes. 952-808-3640;

Pacific Tek AIR KING

The AIR KING air and hydroexcavation trailer from Pacific Tek is available with a 500- or 800-gallon-capacity debris tank made of carbon steel and sandblasted then powder-coated inside and out. It employs a 185 cfm compressor with 100 psi output connected to an air wand allowing the operators to return the spoils collected in the debris tank to the ground. The system also has a pressure washer system (4 gpm at 3,500 psi) in case the operators want to hydroexcavate for faster or deeper digs. A simple three-way valve selector switch is situated on the curbside of the trailer for easy toggling from vac to air to hydroexcavator functions. The trailer itself is made of carbon steel and is sandblasted then powder-coated like the debris tank. Options include a telescoping vacuum hose boom, reverse flow feature, LED work lamps, spare tire and mount, and a tool storage box. 800-884-5551;

RAMVAC by Sewer Equipment HX-12

The HX-12 hydroexcavator from RAMVAC by Sewer Equipment has a 12-yard debris tank and a heated, secured equipment locker that contains the entire water system, including water tanks, for cold-weather application and tool security. This machine touts a directional discharge system with the ability to offload debris back into the excavation site when done, without the mess of dumping the tank. This system also allows operators to blow any obstructions out of the dig hose and get back to work. It includes a long-range wireless remote, NEMA 4 electrical system, an 800,000 Btu water heater and a three-stage cyclonic filtration system. The standard 4,400 cfm blower will match the performance of larger blower machines while delivering fuel economy with the ability to go up to 5,400 cfm. The series offers debris capacities from 3 to 15 cubic yards while maintaining a short overall footprint. 888-477-7638;

Rival Hydrovac T7 Tandem and T10

The T7 Tandem from Rival Hydrovac was designed primarily to be loaded with debris and drive within legislated road limits with most types of debris on board. The unit comes standard with a scale that reads real-time weights in the cab and on the wireless remote. The T10 is built with the same features and operating system, but with larger capacities and components. It is for both utility and industrial work. It is available in three chassis layouts to meet weight restrictions in a given area. An air compressor option allows for excavating with air when required, while a truck-mounted coring system allows for removal of hard surfaces prior to nondestructive excavating. 403-550-7997;

Super Products Mud Dog 700

Mud Dog 700 vacuum excavators from Super Products are designed to meet the challenges of compact, urban projects as well as large-scale excavation projects. They offer a compact footprint for excavation in urban environments while maximizing payload and maintaining the power and precision that larger units offer. The unit features a 7-yard debris body and 600-gallon water tank. This model comes standard as a dump body with an electric vibrator offering a 50-degree dump angle with the capability of dumping into a 48-inch container. Additionally, it is equipped with a rear-mounted, extendable, 8-inch-diameter boom that reaches 18 feet, has 270-degree rotation and pivots 10 degrees downward, which minimizes job site restoration and eliminates traffic congestion near roads. 800-837-9711;

Vac-Con Mudslinger MS800

The Mudslinger MS800 trailer-mounted hydrovac from Vac-Con is designed to provide the same power, suction and capacity of a truck hydroexcavator on a portable, pull-behind trailer. It includes the choice of Tier 4 diesel or gas engine options providing up to 1,190 cfm and 16 inches Hg with a PD blower and 325 gallons of water. It has an 845-gallon debris tank and a 9-foot boom with 24 inches of hydraulic extension providing a full range of motion. It is designed to be a standalone unit, but can also provide support to construction, HDD and public utility fleets. A variety of applications include daylighting, potholing, culvert and manhole cleaning, and utility locating. 904-284-4200;

Vacall AllExcavate and AllExcavate2

Vacall AllExcavate and AllExcavate2 machines feature standard intelligent controls and easy startup operation. Both models are designed to efficiently remove dirt around utility lines and foundations. Water pumps generate 24.5 to 120 gpm and pressures to 3,000 psi. The AE2 model adds air excavation at 185 cfm and dual psi of 110 and 150. Water system, wand, control panel, tools and worker apparel are protected in a heated compartment. An AllSmartFlow CAN bus control system features a programmable LCD that monitors engine, water flow, air pressure and vacuum performance for precise boom and reel adjustments. Aluminum water tanks with lifetime warranty carry 1,000 to 1,300 gallons. Galvanized debris tanks have a supreme finish and are available with 8-, 10- and 13-cubic-yard capacities. They use one engine to power the chassis and excavation functions, designed to reduce service and operation costs. 800-382-8302;

Pipe Bursting Tools

PE Equipment PE-10

The PE-10 from PE Equipment is a multifunction trenchless machine, primarily built for water and lead line replacement, utilizing a single chassis with interchangeable modules, and a no-weld structural design. The modular chassis allows it to perform the functions of multiple machines, providing speed and flexibility when on job sites with difficult situations typically requiring multiple machines. The no-weld structural design allows for the replacement of any part by the user. It has the ability to change functions from a pipe bursting to rod-pushing module in 10 minutes. It has a small footprint under 4 by 2 feet, along with a lightweight chassis that can be carried by two people. It has a fast push/pull speed, capable of up to 13 feet per minute depending on conditions. 406-499-8136;

Pow-R Mole Trenchless Solutions PD-33M

The PD-33M pipe-bursting machine from Pow-R Mole Trenchless Solutions is designed to replace existing underground pipes 2 to 6 inches in diameter. Its nonslip, cylinder-activated jaws prevent cable damage while providing 60,000 pounds of pulling force. It offers a cost-effective alternative to opencut excavation, reducing customer disruption and increasing company profits. The process replaces the existing pipe with a fused HDPE pipe, which eliminates all joints and allows the operator to pull through bends such as 45-degree fittings. This system is modular and can be easily disassembled and reassembled for manhole and basement applications. With a compact design and very small footprint of only 20 by 20 inches, this unit can be used in tight locations. 800-344-6653;


The R8 pipe bursting system from RODDIE is easy to use and lightweight, can be set up vertically or horizontally and can also be adjusted to use three different size cables. This unit can replace 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 6- and 8-inch pipes with ease and speed. Inexpensive cable-grabbing inserts last 70 to 120 jobs, which reduces costs. High-quality tool steels on articulating bursting heads promote rare resistance for long-lasting service. The pulling rate is 8 feet per minute and is hydraulically powered from your tractor, providing a pulling force of 30 tons. The wireless remote system is reliable and has a signal strength that moves through any cellar wall. Maintaining the system is simple, as the user only needs to rinse off and re-grease six Zerk fittings. 888-406-3821;

TRIC Tools X30

The versatile X30 pipe bursting system from TRIC Tools features a revised pulling bridge design plus cylinder body refinements that make it lighter and stronger than previous models. The latest HC14 hydraulic power-pack delivers over five times the speed of previous pumps used with earlier equipment. Recent improvements include heavy-duty wheels and frame, double-acting handles for extra portability in difficult field situations, a wireless remote control, and a special circuit to power hydraulic tools such as jack-hammers, trash pumps and concrete saws. 888-883-8742;


National Trench Safety UltraShore

UltraShore aluminum excavation shielding from National Trench Safety has a lightweight, yet robust design that streamlines the installation process and provides excellent lateral pressure resistance protecting workers in excavations up to 12 feet deep. Its modular pin-together design facilitates quick and simple modifications to accommodate many situations, enhancing adaptability on the job site. The system’s efficient assembly, disassembly and reconfiguration contribute to substantial time savings. Accessories include wheel kits for effortless maneuvering in a trench, legs to hold the shield off the bottom of the excavation, spring-operated end panels to shield up to four sides, stacking panels to increase shield height, and custom-built panels and struts to accommodate special applications. 832-200-0988;


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