Peterbilt 567 Chassis Option Available for Vactor HXX HydroExcavator®

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Client News
Tags: vactor, vactor hxx, vacuum excavation, vacuum excavator, peterbilt

Rugged vocation chassis for harsh environments

STREATOR, ILL. (March 31, 2015) — Vactor Manufacturing, the industry leader in vacuum excavators, sewer and catch basin cleaners and industrial vacuum loaders featuring innovative technology and custom configurable designs, today introduced the Peterbilt 567 Class 8 truck model chassis options for the company’s HXX HydroExcavator®. Featuring a rugged design, spacious interior and enhanced visibility, the new chassis option is ideal for rough environments.

“The Vactor HXX truck works in very harsh conditions and tough environments, constantly moving from the road to the field and back, so durability and operator comfort is important to customers with unique vocational operating requirements,” said Ben Schmitt, product manager at Vactor Manufacturing. “With the new chassis option, our customers will also appreciate longer service intervals, increased uptime, lower operating costs and higher resale value.”

Peterbilt 567 chassis

Vactor was one of the first OEMs to build on the new chassis, working closely with Peterbilt to lay out the 567 chassis configuration to optimize features for its customers. “We unveiled the new chassis on a Vactor HXX HydroExcavator at the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show earlier this year,” Schmitt said. “This chassis option includes a variety of features designed to improve on-road comfort, drivability, visibility and safety.”

The chassis design reduces weight for increased payload capacity and improves maneuverability for operating in congested worksites. Chassis system routing improvements include new air and fuel hard lines and the separation of key air, fuel, diesel exhaust fluid and electrical systems routings which significantly simplify service, repair and body installation.

Spacious, ergonomic cab

“A comfortable operator is a productive operator, so a comfortable cab is the core of any truck,” Schmitt said. “The roomy cab on the new chassis provides operators with a quiet, ergonomic environment that reduces driver fatigue and improves efficiency.”

The steering wheel features tilt and telescoping capabilities through an easy-to-use, column-mounted lever. An easy-to-read gauge panel is completely visible through the steering wheel, and provides critical and functional information to the driver. A 5-inch color Driver Information Display features important information including an engine-RPM sweet-spot indicator to help drivers maximize fuel economy. A secondary panel can house up to six optional gauges or, when specified, Peterbilt’s SmartNavTM audio and navigation system.

The dash brow is positioned for excellent forward visibility and includes an integrated tray for quick access to often-used items. All controls and switches are placed within easy reach to minimize driver distraction. Backlit switches provide enhanced nighttime visibility.

A hanging pedal design with floor-mounted feel and actuation provides a more comfortable driving position and less fatigue for enhanced safety. Pedal position preferences, pedal effort requirements and driver safety and comfort have all been accommodated in the pedal package.

The standard aluminum cab structure on the chassis meets severe-service requirements and delivers long-lasting endurance and ruggedness. Strategically-placed steel reinforcements further increase strength and optimize rigidity.

Enhanced visibility

“Operator visibility to the jobsite, surrounding personnel and pedestrians, and road traffic is critical during daylight and evening work hours,” Schmitt said.

A panoramic windshield features integrated locaters in the cab structure to enable high-quality and time-efficient field repairs. Strategically placed steel A-pillar supports, 13-percent narrower than other designs, provide added strength and further enhance visibility.

The forward lighting system on the Peterbilt chassis significantly enhances down-road visibility and reduces driver fatigue. The headlamps feature projector module low beams, which have a 2,000 hour lifecycle, and complex reflector high beams.

Ease of serviceability for improved uptime

The durable, lightweight Metton® hood withstands impacts that would shatter or crack fiberglass. The hood opens a full 90 degrees for easier access to key service points, allowing technicians to reach the cab electrical and air connections, air intake filter, A/C service ports, and cab fresh air filter, which are all firewall mounted for convenient access.

The electrical system features angled dress covers to protect electrical connections. Routing troughs have been incorporated to define harness placements and ensure reliability. Electric-over-air rocker switches enable valuable electronic interlocks. This technology provides fleet owners and drivers with the peace-of-mind that critical components will not be damaged due to driver oversight.

Non-destructive digging

The Vactor HXX HydroExcavator provides a safer, easy-to-use alternative for potholing, waterline repair, slot trenching, directional drilling, sign and pole installation, pipe and line repair and installation and other large-volume excavation on oil and gas, construction, utility, site preparation, and municipal and public works job sites across North America.

The Vactor HXX features a 3,000-psi variable water multi-flow pump with the new patent pending DigRight™ technology that allows the operator to select a maximum water pressure limit to prevent the pressure from exceeding site or industry requirements. The DigRight technology includes a user-selectable maximum water pressure setting that controls the water pump’s maximum water pressure output, preventing wear and tear on check valves, unloader valves, and relief valves by avoiding bypassing water. The system has three default selectable pressure limitations based on industry best practices for digging around underground utilities – 1,500, 2,500 and 3,000 psi – with the option to deactivate the feature.

Available in many different configurations – including positive displacement (PD) and fan configurations – to meet the specific needs of each customer, the Vactor HXX provides up to seven hours of continuous operation with the on-board water.

For more than 100 years, Vactor Manufacturing has provided customers around the world with a wide range of material handling equipment. Today, Vactor is the industry leader in vacuum excavators, sewer and catch basin cleaners and industrial vacuum loaders featuring innovative technology and custom configurable designs. With one of the largest and most developed distributor networks in the industry, Vactor has more than 50 North American distributors in more than 100 locations to serve the municipal market, as well as six factory direct locations through FS Solutions for industrial customers.

For more information on the Vactor HXX and how it can be paired with the Peterbilt chassis, please contact Vactor Manufacturing at 1-800-627-3171, or visit

Federal Signal’s Environmental Solutions Group is a leading provider of a full range of Elgin street sweepers; Guzzler industrial vacuum trucks; Jetstream high-performance waterblasting equipment; and Vactor sewer cleaners and vacuum excavators for commercial, municipal and industrial customers. The Environmental Solutions Group also includes FS Solutions, which offers unsurpassed expertise and a unique breadth of environmental cleaning equipment, parts, rental, service and training to meet the needs of industrial cleaning professionals.

Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS) provides products and services to protect people and our planet. Founded in 1901, Federal Signal is a leading global designer and manufacturer of products and total solutions that serve municipal, governmental, industrial and commercial customers. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., with manufacturing facilities worldwide, the Company operates three groups: Safety and Security Systems, Environmental Solutions and Fire Rescue. For more information on Federal Signal, visit:


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