Vacuum Truck Operations

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Hydro/Air Excavation

GapVax Hydro/Air Excavation Vacuum Truck

With one of the most advanced vacuum trucks anywhere in the world, Blackwell’s, Inc. brings the power of high pressure air or water excavation, and the ability to vacuum and remove both wet and dry materials, from your industrial site. The Blackwell’s, Inc. GapVax Hydro Excavator Vacuum Truck does it all.

Hydro/Air Excavation Process

Hydro/Air Excavation uses a high pressure and high volume stream of air or water to quickly and safely dislodge soil. Simultaneously, the industrial strength vacuum excavates the dislodged soil (and water if water is used in the excavation process) to a debris tank located on the truck. Soils that are not hard or have a high clay content may not need water or air to break up and dislodge the soil. The vacuum may be all that is needed.

Hydro/Air Excavation is Much Safer

Water excavation to locate utilities.

Minimal soil removal by using water or air excavation.

Utilities located with mimal soil removal.

While a backhoe or hand shoveling can be used to excavate and expose underground communication cables, electrical conduits, or water lines, there is always the chance of hitting and causing extensive damage to them. Damage to an underground fiber optic cable could shut down operations to neighboring businesses and community and result in costly repairs and fines. An underground gas utility strike can be catastrophic. Hydro/Air excavation all but eliminates damage to underground lines and cables.

For additional safety at the job site, we require the use of a 25 ft. heavy cable attached to the vacuum truck and a grounding source to discharge any static electricity generated by the vacuum process.

Collateral Damage to Surrounding Landscape is Negligible

Heavy excavation equipment such as a backhoe is intrusive and causes damage to the areas adjacent to the excavation site. When using heavy equipment to excavate, the excavated soil has to be placed somewhere in the landscape or on to other equipment until it is returned to the site of excavation. Hydro/Air excavation is minimally invasive and with significantly less impact to the surrounding landscape.

Confined and/or Remote Operation

Remote controlled boom removing 1500 lbs, of desiccant from a storage tank inside the building.

When excavation must be done in a confined space (e.g. surrounded by structures or equipment) or in an area inaccessible to excavation equipment, our Hydro/Air Excavation Vacuum truck can be parked up to 500 feet away.

Cleaning Wet or Dry Materials
  • • Vacuum removal of oils, sludge, fluids, and dry materials is accomplished with a 5700 CFM vacuum unit into a self- contained debris box on the truck or into other vessels.
  • • A state of the art particulate arresting configuration purifies the air stream containing dry materials before the air is discharged from the debris box.
  • • Wet materials can be vacuumed directly into a vacuum box or the trucks’ debris box. Two decant valves allow liquids to be drained off.
  • • High pressure 4000 psi water at 14 gpm, a 440,000 BTU heater, combined with the 5700 CFM vacuum makes quick work and tremendous time savings on any cleaning job.
    All this capability is self-contained on the Blackwell’s, Inc. Hydro/Air Vacuum truck
Guzzler Power Vacuum System Truck
Guzzler vacuum truck cleaning wheat from silo

The Guzzler vacuum truck removing contaminated wheat from a silo into a roll off dumpster for disposal

Removing 25,000 pounds of pelletized polyethelene from the top-down of a 100 ft. silo.

While the GapVax is a "one truck-do it all" type truck, our Guzzler Power Vacuum System truck is a powerful and efficient vacuuming workhorse. This truck is used when waste removal or waste recovery is all that is needed.

Like the GapVax truck, the Guzzler is capable of removing dry or wet materials from sites several hundred feet away from the truck.