A family owned waste company came to Vorstrom with a wish list for their new, versatile vacuum unit. The unit had to be compact enough to fit in house yards, big enough to fit six household septics and feature a CFM with grit catchers to tackle a large industrial vacuum job.
A family owned waste company came to Vorstrom with a wish list for their new, versatile vacuum unit. The unit had to be compact enough to fit in house yards, big enough to fit six household septics and feature a CFM with grit catchers to tackle a large industrial vacuum job. Other specifications included a full opening rear door with 60 degrees tip out angle, hydro digging capacity, 1500L of blasting water, the ability to hold 100M of suction hose at all times and two capacity for a three axle dog for the bulk liquid waste transfer work.
The overall requirement was a neat and tidy compact unit that was at home in the standard backyard or on early morning grease trap run through to completing large industrial jobs that were currently being serviced by super suckers from a major centre.
The need to balance these requirements and design a vacuum truck that wasn’t too big or too small was a tough task. We started off with the maximum size truck that could fit the tight access requirements and then came up with the short wheel base freightliner 400 HP with an 18 speed road ranger transmission. This truck suited the application as far as the truck was concerned but didn’t leave a huge amount of room for a complex high capacity vacuum unit.
A 3D model was developed on our inhouse Solidworks program and then transferred to the axle weight calculating system providing staff with the reassurance that it was going to work.
The 1000CFM side mount blower pack fitted perfectly in the spare chassis available on the right hand side of the truck. The truck had a 1000L fuel capacity which wasn’t required so we transferred one tank over to hydraulic oil. This solved the problem of storing 400L of hydraulic oil on a space restricted unit. The front of the unit was carefully planned to incorporate the twin oil coolers, the 1000CFM grit catcher, control panel, front mount hoist and suction breakaway fitting. The design ticked all the boxes, the unit went into production and was delivered six weeks later.
“The team at Vorstrom put the time and effort to find out what we needed. With this information and their industry and product knowledge, they put together a unit that has transformed the way we work. We can send out a truck at the start of the day and be 100% confident that it will be able to handle anything that is put at it – from the 9m pump well that has 3m cubed of grit and sand in it to the large volume job that carts 100,000l on a 50km round trip to the humble septic tank in the back yard setting.” Adelts Liquid Waste