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Vacuum Excavation

You’ve just begun a construction project but need to locate all the underground utilities to know what exactly is buried below the ground and where. 

But what exactly is vacuum excavation, how does it work, and what are its main benefits?

Vacuum Excavation and How it Works

Also known as non-destructive digging, vacuum excavation is a non-mechanical method of excavation. It involves the use of high-pressure water or compressed air to loosen the soil and other materials, so they are easy to break up. The resulting sludge is then sucked up through the vacuum into the truck. Tellus vacuum excavators give operators the option to excavate using either air or water so they can easily and quickly dig through clay, gravel, and other types of soil.

Why Vacuum Excavation?

Safer Process

Vacuum excavation eliminates the need for conventional excavation methods such as manual hand digging and hydraulic excavation, making the whole excavation process a lot safer for workers. With vacuum excavation, workers remain on the surface, operate from a distance with little vibrations, and are not at risk of injuries or death from cave-ins, electrocution from accidental contact with underground utility lines, etc.

Little to Zero Damage of Underground Utilities

When excavating using hand digging or hydraulic excavators, the high possibility of puncturing a pipe, severing a cable line, or damaging other underground utilities is ever-present. With vacuum excavation, the truck is parked away from the area to be dug, ensuring there’s no contact between any heavy machinery and your underground utility.

Cleaner Excavation Site

The outdated method of excavation is connected to a messy work site. That’s because there’s a noted lack of precision in the digging and laborers work on a large surface area. On the other hand, vacuum excavators not only break soil easily but also suck them through a nozzle into the catchment area, leaving the work area clean and safe.

Saves Cost

Vacuum excavation saves cost in several ways. First off, it is faster than traditional excavation. Vacuum excavation is also more accurate, reducing the excavation time. In addition, there’s a reduced possibility of vacuum excavators damaging utilities which might lead to delays, not to speak of the money expended on repairs. These downsides are absent in vacuum excavation, enabling you to save on avoidable costly repairs and helping you meet the tightest of deadlines.

Vacuum Excavation That Offer So Much More

Lightweight, low-maintenance, and equipped with revolutionary technology, our range of wet and dry vacuum excavation trucks offer you much more than you’ll get with an everyday vacuum excavation. Want to get yours or know more about our Tellus trucks? Contact us.



Powerful lightweight designs with

4-wheel drive capabilities.


We have more than 25 years of experience in the design of tooling and processes for the gas distribution utility industry.



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