Product Spotlight: Hydroexcavation truck designed to maximize operator efficiency

Product Spotlight: Hydroexcavation truck designed to maximize operator efficiency

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Hydroexcavation contractors are constantly asked to do more work in less time. That means they need the right equipment. To enhance productivity while performing work such as potholing or cleaning up spills and debris, Ditch Witch has introduced the W12 truck vac to its lineup. The first offering in Ditch Witch’s new line of Warlock vacuum excavators, the W12 gives contractors a PTO-driven vacuum excavator backed by the support of the global Ditch Witch dealership network.

“If you need to get your unit serviced, you just bring it to one of our dealers, and you are back up and running quick,” says Chris Thompson, vacuum excavation product manager at Ditch Witch.

The W12 brings the capacity, versatility and performance technicians are looking for, according to Thompson, with 1,200 gallons of freshwater and a 12-cubic-yard debris tank. With 5,000 cfm and a 27 inches Hg of vacuum power, coupled with the larger storage capacity, crews can take on bigger jobs and maximize time on the job site, which will reduce time spent dumping debris, he says.

“The increased versatility and capacity of the W12 allows crews to improve productivity and decrease downtime on even the toughest job sites,” Thompson says. “Operators can stay on the job longer with the large tank capacity and powerful vacuum, eliminating the need to bring in another crew.” 

The design and layout of the debris tank positioned between dual 600-gallon saddle tanks of freshwater creates a more stable truck, improving operator experience. A remote control system controls the water system and boom, and can lift and lower the tank. The W12’s dual hose reels coupled with the ability to use both a hydro and air method enable crews to use one machine for a variety of excavation tasks, even in harsh environments. Together, the size and versatility of the W12 allows it to be used for slot trenching, horizontal directional drilling, potholing and more. 580-336-4402;


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