Utility Contractor

MAY-JUN 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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8 Utility Contractor | May/June 2018 Vacuum lifting technology offers an effective approach to moving materials on tough concrete demolition and construction, road and landscaping projects. Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, has partnered with Tulsa-based Vacuworx to bring the benefits of vacuum lifting technology to an expanded network of underground construction contractors, landscapers, municipalities and utilities. Vacuum lifting systems are designed to use constant vacuum pressure to handle heavy loads, such as steel road plates and concrete slabs. The proven technology eliminates the need for conventional lifting mechanisms that may damage materials. The Vacuworx systems handle up to 10 times more material than conventional methods in half the man hours, allowing contractors and landscapers to spend less time loading materials and more time focused on the job. Vacuworx compact equipment attachments are designed to work with the full line of construction-grade Ditch Witch mini skid steers. "Our partnership with Vacuworx will enable our line of mini skid steers to do what others can't, allowing us to continue offering our customers advanced innovation and expanded versatility," said Randy Rupp, Ditch Witch vice president of product strategy. "The vacuum lifting attachments help meet the growing challenges and needs of contractors and municipalities in the underground construction space." "We're thrilled to partner with the Ditch Witch organization," said Bill Solomon, Vacuworx president. "It allows us to expand the distribution of our vacuum lifting technology and reach new markets. We're dedicated to offering our customers innovative, cost-effective, safer solutions and this partnership enables us to further honor and fulfill that commitment." The Vacuworx PS 1 Portable and SL 2 Subcompact Vacuum Lifting Systems are compatible with the full line of Ditch Witch mini skid steers (the SK600, SK800, SK1050 and SK1550). The PS 1 can lift up to 1,700 lbs and is an ideal solution for lighter and smaller lift loads on compact jobsites that require the SK600 unit. The SL 2 weighs just 98 lbs and can lift up to 2,700 lbs. It is also compatible with the full mini skid steer line, but to get the most out of its lifting capabilities the SL 2 must be used in tandem with the SK1550 unit. GROUNDBREAKING NEWS Ditch Witch Partners with Vacuworx, Vacuum Lifting Equipment Manufacturer As part of the NUCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas, March 6-9, NUCA Silver Partner United Rentals hosted a reception for attendees along the city's famous Riverwalk. The event was held March 8 at Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant and Margarita Bar in the heart of the Riverwalk's entertainment district. United Rentals hosted the party on the outdoor patio, where guests enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres just steps from the San Antonio River. As an added bonus, guests were treated to modern classics performed live in traditional Mexican style. United Rentals Welcomes Guests on the Riverwalk United Rentals Richard Overman (left) and Blake Smith (right) host- ed many guests from the conven - tion, including new NUCA Chairman Mark Fuglevand.

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