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Partnership leads to new tracked hydroexcavator

By March 16, 2020 In The News
Ledwell TrakVac

Last fall, we were presented with an opportunity to manufacture a piece of equipment that could change an industry. This project was similar to others before it – we were asked to take an idea and turn it in to reality. To provide a solution. In Ledwell fashion, we ran towards the opportunity.

When a hydroexcavation contractor needs to perform work in hard-to-reach or environmentally sensitive areas such as swamps or marshes, it is often difficult to use large trucks. Mats can sometimes be placed down for the trucks to drive over to protect the environment from any damage the heavy machines may cause. Those mats are heavy, bulky and expensive, though, and they take additional time to utilize.

However, through a collaborative effort with Ledwell & Son, PRINOTH and Pipeline & Utility Rental Equipment (PURE), the pipeline and utility industries have a new tool to make digging easier. The TrakVac is a compact hydroexcavator built by Ledwell and mounted on a PRINOTH crawler carrier buggy. It combines the agility of a crawler carrier to access hard-to-reach areas with low-impact vacuum technology where traditional digging is more difficult, especially close to underground utilities and pipelines. The idea was getting a more compact hydroexcavation unit into some of the harder-to-reach or environmentally sensitive areas of pipeline construction.

“The total package of hydroexcavation with the ability to ‘Go Anywhere’ (which is PRINOTH’s slogan) makes the TrakVac a true initiative and an answer to the growing demands of the pipeline industry,” says Gary Gathright, Ledwell engineer.

A first in the industry, the TrakVac provides a solution for unique job sites. After many man hours engineering, fabricating, manufacturing and perfecting we are proud to share this innovation with the world. This one-of-a-kind machine is featured in Dig Different’s March issue as their Product Spotlight. Continue reading the article on Dig Different’s Product Spotlight page.