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Vactor Introduces Emergency-Stop Wrist Strap for Vactor HXX Vacuum Excavators
Thursday, February 2, 2017 by Vactor

STREATOR, ILL. (Jan. 26, 2017) – Vactor Manufacturing, the industry leader in vacuum excavators, industrial vacuum loaders and sewer and catch basin cleaners, has introduced a wireless emergency shut-off wrist strap as an added safety feature for all new Vactor HXX vacuum excavators manufactured after January 2017, including the full- and mid-sized HXX HydroExcavator®, HXX Prodigy®  and HXX Paradigm® trucks.


Worn on the operator’s wrist, the emergency-stop device communicates directly with the wireless remote control on the Vactor HXX truck via Bluetooth technology. A locking ring on the wrist strap connects the emergency-stop device to the digging lance. The wrist strap also features a magnetic connection tethered to the ring. When the digging lance is dropped, the magnetic connection is broken.


“With hydro excavation, it’s key to have a method to disable the water flow through the digging lance should the lance become uncontrolled” said Mike McClure, product manager of parts and accessories for Vactor Manufacturing. “Vactor supplies a standard on/off trigger with all vacuum excavators. However, the trigger can sometimes cause fatigue and can put the operator into difficult positions.”


The new industry-exclusive Vactor emergency-stop wrist strap provides an extra level of safety for both the vacuum excavator operator and the work area, triggering an emergency-stop condition that brings the truck to a safe condition when the magnetic connection on the wrist strap is broken.


For more information on the new emergency-stop wrist strap available on the Vactor HXX vacuum excavators, or to schedule a product demonstration, please visit or see your local Vactor dealer.