5 Must-See Combination Sewer Cleaning Trucks

If you’re in the market for a new jet/vac combo unit, look no further. We’ve gathered a list of sewer cleaning powerhouses.
5 Must-See Combination Sewer Cleaning Trucks
Water Works Plumbing owners John and Donna Johnson (left) pose with employees (from left) Eric Howell, plumbing contractor and field supervisor; Scott Jefferies, journeyman plumber; Joanna See, dispatcher; Jama Lee, office manager; and Jason Dunn, second-year apprentice.

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Whether you’ve just completed your first year in business or you’re a seasoned drain cleaning pro, purchasing the best equipment is one way to ensure you meet clients’ needs and the basic requirements of a well-maintained operation. 

From high-dump capability to wet/dry vacuum options, manufacturers offer a wide range of jet/vac combo units to meet the needs of any drain cleaning operation. For small contractors who operate only a few trucks, there’s no room for sewer cleaning machine downtime. 

John Johnson, owner of Water Works Plumbing in Oklahoma City, runs three trucks with six employees, and he relishes operating an efficient fleet.  

“I have a very professional mom-and-pop mentality, which is kind of an in-between spot,” Johnson says in a June 2014 Cleaner story. “I like the feel of a small company. I like the good relationships you can have with your employees in a small company environment, but I still want to deliver top-notch service, the unusual and tough solutions that no one else can figure out.”

Johnson likes to spend as much time as possible out on job sites. “I like to be involved in what’s going on in the field,” he says. “Our size is good because I can supervise and oversee the quality of our work and have personal involvement with each of our plumbers.”

If you like to spend as much time as possible in the field and don’t want to worry about trucks breaking down, here’s a selection of sewer cleaning combo machines to ensure peak performance.

The HV56 hydroexcavator from GapVax is a multipurpose unit designed for virtually any wet/dry vacuum project. It has a 15-cubic-yard debris body and 350- to 1,200-gallon water tank options. Features include a positive displacement vacuum pump rated at 3,500 cfm with 28 inches Hg. The design prolongs the life of the filter bags and eliminates the threat of material entering the vacuum pump.

Combination machines from Vac-Con are available in configurations from 3.5- to 16-cubic-yard capacities, with hydrostatically-driven two and three-stage centrifugal compressors, or several optional positive displacement blowers with up to 27 inches Hg. High-pressure, smooth-flow water systems are offered up to 120 gpm and 3,000 psi, with cross-linked polyethylene water storage tanks with total capacities up to 1,500 gallons.

The high-dump capability of the AllJetVac combination jet/vac sewer cleaner from Vacall – Gradall Industries allows the operator to raise the debris tank 76 inches above ground level and shift the tank horizontally 21 inches beyond the rear bumper. After removing debris from clogged sewer lines, the operator can raise, shift and tilt the debris tank to dump material faster and more efficiently into municipal dewatering containers, avoiding the need for ramps.

The 2100 Plus sewer cleaner from Vactor Manufacturing is equipped with a front operator control panel with two selector switches for the fan drive — fan on/off and fan mode (low/medium/high). Single engine fan hydrostatic drive components are sized to maximize the life expectancy of the system. The system keeps the step-up transmission, resulting in a low required hydraulic motor speed.

The POWERVAC hydro/vac unit from Vacuum Sales Inc. can be used in wet or dry environments for hazardous and nonhazardous applications. It is constructed from stainless and carbon steel (ASME DOT 407 – 412 certified), and has positive displacement high-vacuum blowers, a capacity up to 4,600 cfm, vacuum up to 28.5 inches (95 percent) continuous, and pressure unloading with a rotary vane vacuum/pressure pump.

For complete product listings and manufacturer contact information, visit www.cleaner.com/editorial/2014/05/residential_and_commercial_sewer_and_pipe_maintenance4.


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