McLaughlin will introduce the next generation of its most popular vacuum excavator with an update that includes a no-hassle hose design that will help save crews time and energy.

The VX50 Gen 3 vacuum excavator features a hose that can hang on the side of the machine as potholing crews move from hole to hole. Current designs on the market require a hose to either be coiled into place or disconnected and put away.

The VX50 Gen 3 vacuum excavator is ideal for potholing jobs by utility contractors. It features spoil tank capacities of 500 and 800 gallons. The vacuum hose is 4 inches in diameter and has a flow rating of 1,025 cfm at 15 inches of mercury. The third-generation vacuum excavator is powered by a 49-horsepower (36.5 kW) Kubota Tier 4 final engine with a common-rail fuel injection system.

The VX50 Gen 3 includes two features McLaughlin customers have come to rely on. One is an industry-exclusive 3-stage cyclonic filtration system that allows for both wet and dry vacuum excavation while prolonging filter life and helping to keep maintenance costs low. The other is the McLaughlin patented cam-over hydraulic rear door. It provides a 360-degree positive seal, even under reverse pressure, without additional clamping requirements to keep fluids securely in the debris tank. No components are inside the tank, so maintenance is external.


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