Iveco Trakker first in Europe to feature vacuum excavator body from the US
A UK company which holds the exclusive rights to distribute Vac-Con products in Europe has selected an Iveco Trakker Hi-Land (AD260T33) 6x4 rigid as the launch platform for its new Vac-Con X-Cavator – a powerful vacuum and high-pressure water system which allows companies to locate and safely excavate around valuable utilities without damaging them.
Tutex, which is based in Gloucestershire, selected the Trakker chassis to be its European demonstrator on the back of excellent service delivered by local dealer Aquila Truck Centres, which has supplied the firm with Iveco Daily light commercials previously.
Jack Page, Sales Manager at Tutex, says: “Aquila and Iveco showed a passion for the project which wasn’t necessarily shared by other truck dealerships we made enquiries with. It was clear from the start that they had our best interests at heart and the Trakker represents the perfect on/off road chassis for the terrain we’ll need to tackle.”
The Trakker chassis afforded maximum bodybuilding flexibility for the Vac-Con X-Cavator system, which is manufactured in North America and designed for companies seeking to move large quantities of earth in a short amount of time.
Page explains his preference for Iveco: “When introducing an entirely new piece of technology to the market you need a first class truck you can depend on. We have full confidence that Iveco can be relied upon to demonstrate the strength of our product.”
The vehicle featured at the industry event No Dig Live where Tutex showcased the versatility of the powerful vacuum and high-pressure water system which is being targeted at sectors ranging from water boards and utility contractors to telecommunications firms and specialist plant hire operators.
The Trakker is powered by Iveco’s Euro VI Cursor 9 engine which can produce up to 330 hp between 1,600 and 2,200 rev/min and 1,400 Nm of torque between 950 and 1,650 rev/min. The engine features the high efficiency SCR (HI-SCR), which functions without Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) to guarantee reduced emissions and a lower total cost of ownership.
The Iveco Trakker range is built to tackle construction sites, quarries and off-road missions, with its latest generation Hi-Land day cab using high quality materials with top-quality plastics and anti-scratch treatments.
Externally the cab styling is characterised by a distinctive grille and stylish light assemblies which are protected against collision. The bumper also incorporates a platform which, together with two handles integrated into the front grille, facilitates easy cleaning of the windscreen – ideal for a vehicle regularly accessing building sites. Plus, all Euro VI Trakker models feature an oil dipstick checker and oil filler conveniently located under the front grille for ease of maintenance.
Tutex is now taking orders for new Vac-Con units and expects that a large number of businesses will want to take advantage of its capabilities. The first truck will continue to be used as a demonstration vehicle at industry events and will also be available to be hired from Tutex for general contract work.
Watford, December 4, 2014
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