New Generation of Vacuum Excavators Offers Fresh Features

Sept. 17, 2016

Vermeer VX30 Gen3 by McLaughlin packs innovative tools in compact footprint

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Building on the successful introduction of the VX50 Gen3, McLaughlin is introducing the next generation of its popular VX30, a vacuum excavator that is compact in size but offers the same power and productivity found in its predecessor. The introduction of the Vermeer VX30 Gen3 vacuum excavator built by McLaughlin brings new features, including automotive-style belt tensioners, quick-grip tool storage, quick-drain technology and more. The portable, versatile nature of this vacuum excavator makes it the ideal choice for utility contractors’ potholing and fluid management needs.

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“The VX30 Gen3 vacuum excavator is a result of a design process driven by operator feedback,” said Jeff Wage, vice president at McLaughlin. “We are proud of the existing VX30 series, but the new generation shows we want to continuously grow and produce vacuum excavators that meet the needs of our customers.”

The new VX30 Gen 3 vacuum excavator is available with a no-hassle hose and strong arm option — an industry exclusive that allows crews to move quickly and easily between jobsites to create a more productive, ergonomic machine by eliminating the need to disconnect the suction hose. Additionally, the automatic belt tensioners on the blower and water pump rely on a proven design from the VX50 Gen3 to make service simpler and more efficient.

Additional key features:
Gen3 chassis with high-clearance trailer with Dexter torsion axles
Standard reverse pressure airflow for offloading fluids
New high-lift version of the patented cam-over hydraulic rear door opens 40 percent higher than previous generations, allowing for easier access when cleaning the tank
Quick-grip tool storage and tool box for one convenient place to store and access tools without the hassle of loose clips
Remote service points for easy-to-access drains and grease points for curbside product daily servicing

The third-generation vacuum excavator is powered by a Tier 4 Final compliant 24.8 hp (18.5 kW) Kubota diesel engine with a common-rail fuel injection system. This four-cylinder, high torque engine requires no regeneration or DEF fluid, allowing for constant productivity without shutdown. Available in 300, 500 and 800 (1135.6 – 3028.3 L) spoil tank sizes and with the patented in-tank wash-down system — designed to remove debris and increase productivity —the VX30 Gen3 can be customized to the unique needs of cable, utility, fiber and rental markets.

The VX30 Gen3 includes the industry-exclusive three-stage cyclonic filtration system, a feature McLaughlin customers have come to rely on. The system allows for both wet and dry vacuum excavation while prolonging filter life and helping to keep maintenance costs low.

McLaughlin continues to provide the proven and patented cam-over hydraulic rear door, which provides a 360-degree positive seal, even under reverse pressure, without additional clamping requirements to keep fluids securely in the debris tank. No components are inside the tank, so all necessary maintenance is external.

For more information or to request an on-site demonstration of the new VX30 Gen3, contact your local Vermeer dealer, call McLaughlin at 1(800) 435-9340 or visit