A few decades ago, when a solution was required for the expanding safe digging requirements and legislation in North America, the industry established the Hydro Vac Excavator as the preferred piece of equipment. Utilizing high pressure water to dig around delicate buried infrastructure systems, alongside a vacuum system to remove the dislodged soil proved to be a safe and effective way to carry out excavations around underground utilities.

While this method has been the standard in North America, European countries went in a different direction and instead of using water to create slurry, they used air tools and high-powered suction systems. This option was overlooked in North America as dry vacuum equipment had been tried but mostly proved inefficient.

However, the powerful systems engineered by German firm MTS Saugbagger are far more advanced than anything currently being used in North America, and their dedication to consistently improve their systems makes the MTS Dino Series suction excavator arguably the most effective vacuum excavation tool in the global market. The versatile Power Arm, on site side tipping capabilities, 320 PSI on board compressors, and 24,000 CFM suction power are the first impressive aspects of the Dino Series, but the integrated safety systems, onboard tooling options, ‘IKE’ – oscillating, rotating hose attachment, makes this system perform at a much higher throughput rate than the majority of the vacuum excavation equipment out there – with one outstanding advantage. No need for water.

As most hydro vac service providers in North America are now realizing, the product of each excavation is waste and needs to be properly disposed of, which adds to their cost of operations. They also heavily rely on water, and water usage fees in some regions are skyrocketing.

It turns out that the initial solution for safe digging in North America worked well for a time but thanks to Ox Equipment, the REAL solution has arrived!