Vactor Announces Improved Controls, Standard Extendable Boom on HXX Prodigy Vacuum Excavator

Lightweight, mid-sized vacuum excavation unit ideal for utilities, utility contractors and municipalities

STREATOR, ILL. (Sept. 4, 2013) — Vactor Manufacturing has introduced new features on the HXX Prodigy vacuum excavator, the offspring of the Vactor HXX HydroExcavator. Mounted on a 33,000-pound gross vehicle weight Class 7 truck chassis, the 2014 HXX Prodigy features a user-friendly control system identical to the controls used on the popular full-sized HXX HydroExcavator and the addition of a standard extendable boom with 320-degree rotation that provides full coverage of the working area. An optional telescopic boom is also available.

“The Vactor HXX Prodigy has been enhanced for easier and more efficient operation,” said Ben Schmitt, product manager at Vactor Manufacturing. “The 2014 model provides the same great quality, productivity and performance our customers have come to expect from the original Prodigy, but at a lower price.”

The mid-sized Prodigy uses hydroexcavation, blasting away soil with jets of up to 10 gallons of water per minute, at rates from 1,500 to 2,500 psi. The machine features a powerful 16-inch Hg, 3,200 CFM positive displacement (PD) blower with a custom-designed and optimized filtration system that can handle both digging mediums—air (185 cfm/150 psi) and water (10 gpm/ 2,500 psi)—without a bag house. The variable-pressure triplex pump allows the operator to adjust water pressure with the push of a button. For applications where dry digging is preferred, the Prodigy also comes with an optional air excavation system.

“With more than 19 million miles of buried utilities in the United States, the HXX Prodigy vacuum excavator is the perfect non-destructive machine to quickly and efficiently locate underground utilities while protecting the vulnerable and expensive infrastructure,” Schmitt stated.

Utility companies, utility service contractors and municipalities will appreciate the lighter operating weight and maneuverability of the Prodigy when working in confined spaces. Excavating using either air or water as a digging medium is an added advantage for utility contractors who often require air excavation for locates and line repairs.

User-friendly controls

The ergonomically designed control box is located curbside for easy access, efficiency and improved operator safety. Enclosed in an aluminum box, the controls are protected from environmental elements. Controls include a tachometer and hour meter for both chassis and blower, temperature indicators for various systems, water system on/off with multi-flow, complete boom and body dump functions, E-Stop and more. A standard wireless remote puts all of the controls in the operator’s hands.

 Ideal for tough climates and soil

The compact, lightweight Prodigy can carry up to 600 gallons (2,271 L) of water and 6 cubic yards (4.6 cu m) of debris and can perform in the toughest climatic and soil conditions, resulting in more uptime and lower operating costs.

 Positive displacement configuration

The Vactor HXX Prodigy is available with a PD system that can excavate over longer distances and at greater depths than centrifugal fan systems. The 3,200 CFM blower and 6-inch hose provide operators with increased performance when compared to smaller trailer units

“The vacuum system features ultra-efficient airflow, a Vactor trademark,” Schmitt said. “The simplified airflow path maximizes pickup and filtration effectiveness, while protecting the blower from material. This, in turn, reduces the likelihood of premature wear or extensive repairs.”

For more information on the 2014 HXX Prodigy vacuum excavator or to schedule a demonstration, please visit or see your local Vactor dealer.