Navigate your complex vacuum excavation challenges. Strike free.

Providing you with the right advice, elite and accredited operators and specialist vacuum excavation to tackle your most complex jobs. We've delivered over 1 million working hours with zero strikes.

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Customer Reviews

I opened an account within 30 minutes and was given excellent guidance on the best solution for our needs.

Project Manager - Water Company

They help advise and hold consultation on the job I need doing. If I call others all I get is a sales agent.

Project Manager - Water Company

Are you concerned about...

  • > Navigating lots of known services?
  • > The presence of unknown or unclear services? Did you know GPR on average only identifies 40% of services?
  • > Not being able to use traditional methods of excavation?
  • > Restricted access and space on site?
  • > Tight schedules and needing to get the job done quickly?
  • > Sub-contractors not having the right access permits to work?
  • > Finding a company that works in sensitive areas and sectors requiring specialist passes? We have a proven track record of working in Nuclear, Airports, Sub-Stations, Power Stations, Petrochemical, MOD and other specialist areas.
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Value Delivered

Always know what your job needs

Have a leading vacuum excavation expert on hand to advise you at every stage of the job

Precise, strike-free excavation

The most experienced & highly trained operators responsible for over 1 million hours of strike free excavation work

Get job done quicker

Meet tight deadlines and complex schedules. Our excavators move around 20 cubic tonnes a day.

Adapt to last minute requests & changes

A flexible fleet of vacuum excavation units and operators across the UK, with the experience and agility to adapt to your needs.

Increase the safety to your workforce

Remote-control operated units. Ensuring work can be carried out safely in all areas and performed at distance, reducing the risk to your team and the operator.

Cleaner, more efficient excavation

The low impact excavation method decreases reinstatement costs by reducing the size of the excavation required.

The Vac-Ex Difference

Expert Advice

Our sales and service team have decades of experience in vacuum excavation, being the original operators in the UK. Take advantage of his expertise with free advice when preparing for any job.

Let's get the project specified correctly, first time.

I don't just want a vacuum excavator, I want people to work with me to come up with the right way of doing the job. That's what Vac-Ex do.

Project Manager - Utilities Company

Elite Operators

We select candidates and give them our highly developed in-house training programme, so they become the best accredited operators in the industry. Our operators will work in partnership with your team to get the job done safely and efficiently.

They will explain what they are doing, how long it will take and work with me rather than just longing out the process to fill the time. I know then it will be done properly.

Construction Manager - Framework Contractor

Working with

How it works

1. Consult

We will work with you to understand what you need to get the job done properly.

2. Recommend

Book in the right machine, the right equipment and the right operator for your job.

3. Hire

24/7 operated hire to complete the job on time, working closely with you and your team.

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Operated Machines

All our units are available to hire 24/7 with our highly qualified operators.

CPCS Ticketed Operated 32T 8 Wheel Vacuum Excavator

This is one of our most popular operated vacuum excavation unit. The hydraulic 'Mega Arm' and 32 tonne capacity makes it the leading machine on the market.

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CPCS Ticketed Operated T-Vac Midi Track

This is a compact yet powerful and versatile vacuum excavation unit. It is capable of handling even the hardest to reach excavation projects.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can your company assist in scoping and planning our excavation project correctly?

Our sales and service teams have deep knowledge of a wide range of projects, and we work closely with you to understand the specific requirements of your excavation project. We provide expert guidance to help you scope and plan the job correctly, ensuring it aligns with your goals and expectations.

Why should I use a vacuum excavator rather than traditional methods? 

Hiring a vacuum excavator is ideal for precision and safety. It minimizes the risk of damaging underground utilities, reduces environmental impact, speeds up excavation, and enhances workforce safety compared to traditional methods. Added to that our elite operators, high quality machines and a team that will advise and help you at every stage of the job, we have no doubt we can tackle your excavation challenge.

What types of vacuum excavators do you offer, and how do I choose the right one for my project? 

We offer two variants of vacuum excavators to suit different project needs. Our fleet includes several 32-tonne, 8-wheel rigs that are ideal for most jobs, as well as smaller MIDI-tracked excavators designed for hard-to-access or smaller projects. Our experienced team can assist you in selecting the most suitable equipment based on your project's unique requirements.

How do you ensure that your operators are experienced and qualified for our excavation needs? 

Our operators undergo rigorous training and hold the highest levels of accreditation in the industry. We specialise in some of the most challenging construction sectors, including airports, nuclear power, oil & gas, and more. Our commitment to training and accreditation ensures that our operators are well-prepared to meet the demands of your excavation project, no matter how complex.

How quickly can your team respond to unexpected issues or changes in our excavation plan? 

With our experienced service team, top-notch operators, and well-maintained equipment, we pride ourselves on our ability to react swiftly to your needs. Whether you encounter unexpected issues or require adjustments to your excavation plan, we have the expertise and resources to adapt quickly, keeping your project on track and minimizing any potential delays.

Can you provide a detailed breakdown of the costs associated with hiring your vacuum excavator, including potential extra charges? 

Absolutely, each quote will provide you with a comprehensive breakdown of costs associated with hiring our vacuum excavator. This includes a transparent overview of the operated day rate as well as the required ancillaries that apply to your specific project. We believe in full transparency to ensure you have a clear understanding of what you’re getting.

Where do you provide excavation services? 

We provide excavation services nationally, serving clients across the country. Regardless of your project's location within the UK, you can rely on our expertise and equipment to meet your excavation needs efficiently and effectively.

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