Overweight tickets are a constant plague amongst truckers across all industries. The danger of an overweight truck is well known. Truckers often feel it is unfair that they receive the ticket when they do not decide what will be hauled in the truck or what kind of truck they will be driving. Having to weigh a truck can also be inconvenient, and it takes up valuable time.
Weight issues can be an issue for hydro-excavators as much as any other kind of truck. After leaving a job site, the debris body will likely be filled to capacity unless there is a dump area onsite. So, after working all day trenching or daylighting, now the driver of the hydro-excavator
has to worry about highway tolls.
Overweight tickets and hydro-excavating do not have to go hand-in-hand. There are a few ways
that those pesky weight issues can be minimized or even avoided altogether.
Invest in Right-Sized Hydro-Excavators
Often, the image of a hydro-excavator is a large truck with a 12-15 cubic yard debris body. The perception is that only trucks of that size can produce the vacuum power needed to excavate efficiently and effectively. While this may have been true in the earliest days of hydro-excavators, the industry is changing this perception rapidly. Right-sized hydro-excavators are entering the market that are just as powerful as their larger cousins. There are select hydro-excavators that are designed with 27” Hg blowers, plenty of power to get any hydroexcavation work done quickly.
Right-sized hydro-excavators bring other benefits in addition to less hassle with overweight tickets. They are ideal for highway work or job sites where space is limited. They can also be moved from site to site more quickly than larger full-size models.
Look for Hydro-Excavators Designed for
Not all hydro-excavators offer ideal weight-bearing capacity. Look for a tandem axle design,
and talk to the manufacturer about the debris body. Sometimes, larger debris bodies can still be legally loaded if the body is long enough to accommodate the weight. Ultimately, your specific needs will play into this aspect of the decision-making. Hydro-excavators that are going to be used on a site where dumping can be done close by
do not need to be able to legally carry as much capacity as one that will be traveling with a full
debris body on highway routes. Ultimate flexibility can be achieved with a hydro-excavator with a large debris body that can also be legally loaded to avoid highway tolls.
Overweight tickets are constantly plaguing companies through loss of both time and money.
However, this is a burden that can be prevented without negatively impacting efficiency and effectiveness. Design improvements for hydro-excavators are being made at a rapid rate today, and manufacturers also are open to listening to what obstacles are in the way of you achieving your work in the best way possible. Take a look at what is on the market if you haven’t done so recently, and remember that you can invest in a hydro-excavator without increasing the risk of overweight tickets on the road.