Vacuum excavation is the smartest, safest and fastest method of excavation. It allows a safer and reduced-risk alternative to moving earth from sensitive and high-risk areas such as around buried services. Vacuum or suction excavation is a method of using high-volume, high-pressure air flow to create a vacuum sufficient enough to lift ground material up and deposit it elsewhere. The use of vacuum excavation not only allows a safer form of excavation but allows the client to reuse the material in other areas of construction, contributing to reusing and recycling initiatives and saving on cost site wide.
McGovern Plant Hire’s long-standing partnership with vacuum excavator manufacturers MTS gives us a wealth of knowledge and experience backing us as we take on bigger projects for our clients and build on our fleet of vacuum excavators. Powerful, reliable, and driven by only the most experienced operators, our vacuum excavation operators are at the very top of their field of expertise.
Allowing the operator to move earth quickly and efficiently, McGovern’s vacuum excavators are the ideal choice when working around live/buried services and utilities and engineering works including gas, electric, water, telecoms and fibre optics. The flexible arm on the back of the excavator is easily manoeuvrable, meaning that it can weave around obstacles like high voltage cables, tree roots, drainage, etc. while the high-pressure 250mm nozzle draws up all the material lodged between the obstacles without causing any damage to the operative and the service itself.
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The material collected is stored in the on-board skip on the back of the machine, which can hold 12 tonnes of material at any one time. After material collection and storing, the extremely fine particles and dust are captures in mesh filters so as to be separated from the air that is used again to pass through the fan system to create a continuous suction to draw up material.
Once the on-board skip is full, or the works are completed, the operator is able to drive the vacuum excavator to a location where the material can be tipped allowing reuse in other operations or taken away from site to be recycled externally. Once in a desired location, the on-board skip is hydraulically tipped by the operator’s controls.
McGovern Plant Hire operates a continuous improvement programme, where our team works tirelessly to keep up to date with advances in the plant and civil engineering industry, and the vacuum excavators are no exception.
All trained and qualified operatives possess: