Vacuum Truck Industry Terminology

The Australian love of slang is perhaps unparalleled anywhere in the world. Adding a rich vocabulary of original words to the world's Englishes it stands to reason that over the years of service in the domestic, commercial, industrial and local Government projects the vacuum truck industry has been afforded a number of colloquial terms.


Vacuum excavation is a non-destructive digging method which uses high powered vacuum suction machines in conjunction with a high pressure air lance of water source.  Typically, vacuum excavation loosens the soil and then immediately vacuums away the loosened material.  This process greatly reduces the risk of loss of property and injury to workers associated with contacting or cutting underground utilities. 


In this way, sucker trucks are able to provide NDD (non-destructive digging) to safely access and excavate around gas lines, water pipes, tree roots and electrical and telecommunications cables without the risk of damaging them.  Non-destructive digging using a vacuum truck gives the ability to work around objects and utilities which would be potentially damaged by traditional excavation methods such as mechanical backhoeing or trenching.

Narrow Trench Digging Services

Narrow trenches are often required for installing pipes, cables or other in-ground utilities.  Vacuum excavation (also known as hydro excavation) provides an exact and non-destructive trenching service on any kind of surface.  Traditional trenching equipment can potentially cause serious and costly damage by digging through existing underground services, and digging narrow trenches using manual labour is very time consuming and costly. 

Limited Access Excavation Services

There are many areas where it can be difficult, if not impossible, to get access to with standard excavation machinery.  However, our limited access excavation services can solve this problem for you – any area that you can get a hose to can be accessed by our vacuum extraction hose.  This is a perfect solution for excavation in areas such as:

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