WHEN TO CHOOSE A HIGH-CAPACITY VACUUM TRUCK

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Choosing the right vacuum trucks for your fleet is crucial – and it often comes down to high-capacity vacuum trucks or compact vacuum trucks. What’s ideal for residential septic or grease trap management simply won’t cut it for industrial waste on a commercial job site.
Are you looking to optimise time on-site? A high-capacity vacuum truck should be your preferred choice if you’re undertaking intensive liquid and industrial waste jobs.
The highest capacity vacuum truck available from Vorstrom is the TRD940-24000, which features an enormous 24,000L tank capacity.

Choose high-capacity for tough jobs

When you’re handling large volumes of waste material on busy commercial sites, quality construction is important for your vacuum unit. Mounted to an Australian-made tri-axle trailer, TRD940-24000 can be used on any prime mover and is standalone in operation.
When working in industrial environments, always prioritise vac units that make it easy and safe to empty and clean thick waste from the tank. With a wash-out water and pressure cleaner (up to 4,800L) and tipping feature, TRD940-24000 is designed for even heavy sludges and leachate.
Because of the size of a truck like the TRD940-24000, remember to consider site accessibility. Tight access points and low clearance would pose challenges for a high-capacity vacuum truck. For vacuum trucks with large tanks, an open site is necessary.

Choose high-capacity for fewer trips

The combination of large tank capacity (to maximise payload) and 940 CFM blower pump (to load faster) makes high volume jobs more efficient.
Your operators will need to make fewer trips to dispose of waste material – dramatically reducing non-productive time and increasing profitability. This is particularly important for remote locations, where trips to and from the disposal point can take up proportionately more time.
Versatility also matters for all businesses and having an asset that can tackle different job types is highly valuable. Just remember that a blower pump is a little less discreet – so it may not be suitable around quieter, residential areas. This unit is ideal for transporting bulk liquid waste for local councils, drilling mud for mine sites and industrial waste from commercial sites.

Choose the high-capacity TRD940-24000

Ultimately, if you aren’t constrained by manoeuvrability and you want to maximise efficiency, a vac truck like TRD940-24000 is an excellent addition to your fleet.
At Vorstrom, our talented team of engineers and local partners create every fabricated part for your vacuum unit in Queensland. We developed the TRD940-24000 with the features that matter to our customers, including:

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When to choose a compact vacuum truck

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At Vorstrom, we’re focused on finding the right vacuum truck to give you the best output. With our range of trucks manufactured in varying sizes, you may be unsure whether your job requires a large vacuum truck or a small vacuum truck. For the right applications, compact vacuum trucks are low-profile units with reduced weight for trucks with smaller drivetrains.

Working residential, sanitary and public utility jobs

With smaller payloads, height and vacuum options, compact vacuum trucks have significantly lower profiles compared to industrial vacuum trucks. Compact liquid vacuum trucks are the smart choice when navigating noise sensitive areas, such as residential neighbourhoods and municipalities.
The smaller liquid vacuum unit isn’t suitable for contractors looking to book commercial jobs with thicker liquid waste and sludge. Manufactured with lower CFMs, a mini vacuum truck has a quieter operation, causing less disturbance for areas with higher population density.

Compact vacuum truck applications involve:

Enhancing manoeuvrability onsite

Being the smallest units of the Vorstrom fleet, compact liquid vacuum trucks have the highest agility. While some jobs take longer due to extracting excessive amounts of liquid waste, rigid vacuum trucks are specialised for getting contractors in and out as quickly as possible.
The shorter the vehicle, the more accessibility it has. Manufactured with low clearance operational height in mind, compact vacuum trucks benefit from being able to meet height requirements for low access areas.

Compact vacuum truck applications would involve:

Comparing compact and tipping units

T500-12000

R247-2000

R247 – 2000

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T500 – 12000

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Increasing flexibility with a low profile vacuum truck

Designed to exceed industry expectations, Vorstrom’s compact vacuum truck range suits the varying demands of specialist jobs. With low profile vacuum trucks operating on 4×2 drivetrains, you’ll have the option to work with greater agility onsite when removing liquid waste.
Easy to operate, with engineered ergonomic design, the compact vacuum trucks are built for streamlined loading, transporting and disposing of liquid wastes for domestic and commercial sites.

Our recommendations

R247 - 2000
R247 – 3000 – 2000WF
R247 - 4000

Not sure if a compact vacuum truck is for you?

If you need help choosing the right liquid waste truck for your business, reach out to the team at Vorstrom. We’ll work with you to find the waste management solution that meets your needs.

Why would I need a hook lift vacuum unit?

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Enhance productivity with an onsite hook lift

If you need an adaptable vacuum truck capable of transporting bulk materials and products between project sites, look no further than our hook lift units. Manufactured with a fully opening rear door and 900mm manway to suit a variety of applications, it is ideal to maximise the operation of your hook lift truck or have one onsite for the backup unit.

Greater levels of productivity naturally create more time to remove and dispose of excessive liquid waste. For versatility and quantifiable output, Vorstrom’s range of hook lift vacuum units’ larger tank capacities give you the ability to do more.

By increasing efficiency, hook lift vacuum trucks are a creative investment that give you the flexibility to have greater capabilities onsite with less cost. The units are ideal for construction sites, remote mining operations, accommodation camps and sites that need a standby vacuum truck at any one time. The hook lift unit reduces your fleet size by utilising existing equipment. Changeovers between jobs become quick transitions, creating more opportunities for greater work capacity.

What you’re after in your vacuum truck:

Our recommendations

H500-10000L

HRD1600B-10000L

Increase movability with a rigid vacuum truck

Some applications need a compact unit, readily able to access narrow spaces and extract liquid waste with ease. Moderate tank capacity and a smaller drivetrain allows your vacuum truck to make tighter turns, making smaller jobs simpler and highly efficient.

If you’re looking to work both residential and commercial jobs, the rigid vacuum truck’s low profile is highly suitable for noise-sensitive areas. Particular options with lower CFM pumps reduce noise levels, ideal for neighbourhoods and busy shopping centres.

With a handful of rigid units under 2.1 metres high, the liquid vacuum truck is best used for manoeuvring into tight spaces. The more compact vehicles operate on a single axle truck, easily allowing the liquid vacuum truck to occupy a minimal amount of space. If you’re looking at doing jobs in narrow parking lots with low clearances, the unit’s accessibility creates more opportunities for small, hard to access jobs.

What you’re after in your vacuum truck:

Our recommendations

Extract waste effortlessly with a tipping vacuum truck

Tipping vacuum trucks increases your range of pumping capabilities. Tipping the vessel enables the industrial unit’s ability to load solid and semi-solid waste. The fully opening rear door or 900mm manway allows the product to be tipped out with ease at the disposal location. Primarily needed for bulk sludge and mud, the functionality of tipping vacuum trucks allows you to easily remove product from the vessel.

The industrial vacuum units are designed with a range of pumping systems to suit a variety of applications. The vacuum pump range is from 500 CFM to 3500 CFM, with optional extras inclusive of dry-vac bag houses and high pressure water.

Tipping vacuum trucks could likely be the ideal solution for your waste management on construction or industrial sites. With the tank able to tip, the unloading and cleaning process dramatically reduces in time and mitigates the risk of cross contamination.

What you’re after in your vacuum truck:

Our recommendations

T500B-12000L

TRD3500B-10000L

If you need assistance choosing the right vacuum truck for your needs, contact our team at Vorstrom and we’ll work with you.

Vacuum truck supplies

A tanker truck is a highly advanced piece of equipment. It’s critical that you use quality vacuum truck supplies and components to keep it in peak working order.

If any one of these parts needs repairing or replacing, it’s important to choose a new component that’s been manufactured to a high standard. A poorly made pump or valve can lead to catastrophic failure of your unit, costing your business far more in the long run.

Vorstrom recommends vacuum truck supplies from Allvac Equipment – the tanker truck equipment specialists.

Vacuum truck supplies: Pumps

Are there odd noises coming from your vacuum pump? Maybe you’re noticing a loss in suction. If you’ve performed all the appropriate inspections and maintenance, it may be time for a professional repair, rebuild or replacement of your vacuum pump.

The vacuum pump is the core component of your tanker truck and the most complex instrument in your unit. Whether for waste management or vacuum excavation, it’s critical to never accept sub-standard parts for your pump.

At Vorstrom, we endorse only five manufacturers of rotary vane and blower vacuum pumps or parts for our tanker trucks. Each of these manufacturers produces only premium vacuum pumps that are built to last.

Alongside brand new vacuum pumps, everything you need to repair your existing pump – including vanes, bearings, seals, shims, bearing covers, bearing cover screws and gaskets or O-rings – is available from Allvac Equipment.

Vacuum truck supplies: Pump protection

Because the vacuum pump is such a vital element of your tanker truck, it needs top-notch protection to keep debris from entering it and wreaking havoc. Your tanker truck has several layers of defence designed to trap any dirt and waste before they make it to the vacuum pump.

If your pump protection isn’t performing and can’t be fixed, it must be replaced as soon as possible. However, cheaply designed and made shut-offs and filters don’t provide adequate protection for your pump. They can lead to tens-of-thousands of dollars in damage from a ruined vacuum pump.

Look for corrosion resistant steel and cast aluminium products, and ensure that you choose the right size protection for your vacuum flow speed (CFM).

Vacuum truck supplies: Hoses

No part of your vacuum truck bears the brunt of the work onsite more than the hose. It has to handle thousands of litres of waste or abrasive debris every day. Ensuring that you use a hose that’s right for the task at hand will reduce its wear and tear and extend its life.

Consider your flexibility, durability and chemical resistance needs when buying new hoses. For example, septic and wastewater handling will require a less heavy duty hose than dry excavation. At Vorstrom, we prefer hoses made in the USA by manufacturers like Tiger. They’re proven to last in any situation.

Look for products made from a PVC or polyethylene helix, with polyurethane liner or high quality EPDM rubber.


The teams at Vorstrom and Allvac Equipment are trained specialists in vacuum truck supplies, parts and accessories. Enquire with them today to find out more.

Vacuum truck safety

A vacuum truck is an advanced piece of machinery, which requires special attention to ensure that you’re running it correctly. While designed to be as easy to use as possible, there are several points that you must remember to safely operate this heavy duty equipment.

The primary area that you’ll need to focus on for vacuum truck safety is the tipping function of the tank. Improper use of the tank may not just damage the unit, it can also cause injury.

See what you need to do before each project and how to properly operate your tank tipping feature:

Vacuum truck safety: Pre-start inspection checklist

Before each and every job, it’s important that you inspect key areas of your vacuum truck and maintain them as needed. Doing so will help keep your unit running smoothly and avoid vacuum truck safety issues that can come from poorly preserved equipment.

Vacuum truck safety: Tank tipping

Your tank is a crucial element of your vacuum truck, and one that needs the most attention before and during a project or job. This is especially true if the unit includes the tipping feature, which can cause issues for vacuum truck safety.

Safety tips

Before tipping your vacuum truck tank…

While tipping your vacuum truck tank…

How to use correctly

To safely raise your vacuum truck tank…

To safely lower your vacuum truck tank…

Remember: Ensure that no one is standing in the area under the tank, near the tank door or nearby before operating.

Vacuum Truck Maintenance

When your business uses high value equipment each day, like a vacuum truck, it’s important to ensure that you properly maintain it to maximise its useful life. Neglecting to keep your vacuum truck in top working order can end up costing you in the long run.

As part of our series on vacuum truck maintenance, the team at Vorstrom is here to offer tips on how to clean two of the most crucial parts of your unit, which protect your vacuum pump: the secondary shut-off (SSO) moisture trap and the final filter. 

Alternatively, get in touch with our team to book your Vorstrom vacuum truck for a comprehensive service.

What is the secondary shut-off moisture trap?

The pump on your vacuum truck has several layers of protection to keep waste from entering it instead of the tank. The SSO moisture trap, as its name suggests, is designed to trap any liquid that manages to pass through the primary shut-off. It acts as a back-up protection for your system to stop foreign materials from entering the vacuum pump and potentially damaging your unit.

The secondary moisture trap employs a float ball to protect your vacuum pump. As liquid and waste accumulates at the bottom of the secondary, its float ball rises to seal any further flow from continuing into the pump. 

This is what the secondary shut-off moisture trap looks like on your Vorstrom vacuum truck.

Secondary shut-off moisture trap maintenance

The secondary requires more attention than your primary. It must receive regular maintenance at least every three months.

What is the final filter?

The final filter is the last line of defence to stop foreign material from entering and damaging your vacuum pump. If your final filter gets heavily built-up with waste and debris, it will limit airflow in your pump. This affects the performance of your vacuum and will cause your unit to run at higher temperatures.

This is what the final filter looks like on your Vorstrom vacuum truck.

Final filter maintenance

Because it’s the last element that prevents small material from entering your pump system, the final filter requires some of the most frequent maintenance of all your truck components.

If you find during the course of your regular maintenance that any of your parts are damaged and need to be replaced, Allvac Equipment provides new components for every part of your vacuum truck.

For additional tips on your Vorstrom vacuum truck maintenance, to book a service or to enquire about whether you need replacement parts, speak with our professional team. To add to your vacuum truck portfolio and meet your waste management needs, see our available trucks.

How to choose a liquid vacuum truck

At Vorstrom, we focus on enabling our clients to efficiently meet their waste management needs, by providing vacuum trucks that are truly fit for their purpose. 

To show you the process of choosing a vacuum truck for your business, we’re going to give an example from a recent client.

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What will the truck be doing?

At Vorstrom, we focus on enabling our clients to efficiently meet their waste management needs, by providing vacuum trucks that are truly fit for their purpose. 

To show you the process of choosing a vacuum truck for your business, we’re going to give an example from a recent client.

For this client, their prospective truck would:

This meant that a liquid vacuum truck was the ideal solution.

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How far will you transport the waste?

Our next conversation would involve the distance between the waste collection site and the disposal site, as well as the volume of waste needing collection. Part of this includes verifying what the client’s site access is like, i.e. how difficult it is to collect the waste. 

Multiple round trips to and from the disposal location are the biggest contributors to inefficiency. Any non-productive time transporting waste costs money. It’s important to minimise the number of trips required as much as possible.

For this client, we determined that their work was:

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Which liquid waste truck meets your requirements?

If you had similar circumstances to this client, we would recommend two units as a starting point.

Both are highly capable liquid waste units, but depending on the application, one will be more suitable than the other.

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Choosing a liquid waste truck

Comparing these key features to the client’s needs led us to determine that the right liquid vacuum truck for them was the R350-8000. The lower costs, ease of use and faster travel speed outweighed the efficiency of the larger truck. All long distance collections would also fit within the smaller 8000L capacity in single trips.

If you need help choosing the right liquid waste truck for your business, reach out to the team at Vorstrom. We’ll work with you to find the waste management solution that meets your needs.