In our efforts to ensure we have the best gear to service our clients, we’re proud to welcome a number of new trucks into our fleet. These trucks stand apart from others in the market because they’ve been custom-built by our in-house engineering team, designed specifically for the elements we work in. As a result, we expect these trucks to be more reliable and perform even better than previous iterations.
Our engineering team — led by head engineer Brett Bowyer — have cleverly created truck designs that eliminate many of the common problems, including minimising rubber hosing for less blowouts, using a cable to connect the controls to the truck to eliminate lost remotes, and simplifying the controls, replacing the many switches with a user-friendly lever.
Importantly, these new trucks have been built with NZ terrain in mind, giving them the ability to safely and confidentially navigate a variety of worksites when fully loaded.
“At the very least, our aim was to make the truck suck, waterblast, do its job and get from A to B reliably,” Brett explains. “We tried to eliminate everything that usually goes wrong with them, reducing the number of moving parts and taking the control away from the truck and giving it back to the operator.”
Brett and his team used reliable Hino 500 and 700 trucks for the chassis and mainframe. They then manufactured and kitted out the trucks to their specific design, with the input and assistance of some talented local business partners, including James from Jett Electrical.
The new additions include:
- Hydroexcavation and septic trucks with 5-cube waste tanks. These trucks can be used for vacuum (grease, septic or stormwater), as well as hydroexcavation. Being smaller trucks, they’re great for smaller jobs and sites with limited access, like trenchwork to look for power lines or foundation work under houses.
- Multi trucks, also with 5-cube waste tanks. This version can be used for hydroexcavation and vacuum (grease, sewer etc) but it also includes a flushing unit so operators can flush out pipes with blockages, do a flush before CCTV services, or flush pipes after a build and before council signoff.
- Bulk tankers. Ideal for bulk sewer and grease as well as hydroexcavation on big jobs.
- A gantry truck. Mainly for internal use to carry our skip bins and waste, this truck also works well for our pond cleanouts, allowing on-site waste retrieval without needing a third party.
As a result of all this effort from our engineering team, our fleet of HydroVac trucks are reliable, high-performing, fit for purpose across a number of jobs and sites, and enjoyable for our operators to drive and use.