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Portable Toilet

Portable toilet tanks and tankers currently do not have to comply with any state EPA requirements. This may change. However if you intend to pump and transport any waste which is classified by your state’s EPA then this type of vacuum tanker will not satisfy their requirements. VTS design several different types of portable toilet tanks and tankers and in a few different types of materials, namely mild steel, sometimes known as low carbon steel, aluminium and stainless steel.

Most popular are our range of demountable tanks which are totally self contained and designed to be “lift on - lift off” (when empty of course!). These tanks are constructed in stainless steel and feature an integrated water tank to enable the one unit to service waste and water requirements:

  • 800L waste / 300L water
  • 1600L waste / 600L water
  • 3200L waste / 1200L water

All of these units have a proven Conde vacuum pump coupled to a super reliable Honda petrol or Yanmar diesel engine along with a 12 volt high flow electric pump. Each unit comes complete with 50mm suction hose and also 19mm water delivery hose.

The portable tanks have tie down lugs so they can be put into a utility, tralier or light truck.

The flat bed vacuum tanker is very time consuming to build, it is galvanised. Tanker are built like this to enable operators to carry toilets on top of the tank yet still be able to do service work and required. This unit holds around 3000 litres of waste and 1000 litres of water.

The other tanker shown is a typical vacuum tanker but has stainless steel side mounted water tanks. VTS’s engineer Jenna Lehman has recently designed side mounted plastic water tanks these are light and durable.

Many of our customers like to have centrifugal water pumps and hose reels fitted to their tankers, these are very efficient and frequently hydraulically drive.

The self-contained units are perfect for small to medium businesses and can be used for clean up work in factories or on site where a big unit is not required. They are ideal for doing one septic or small greasetraps, a great back up equipment for a small business.

Tank Construction
Stainless Steel or Aluminium
Waste/Water Tank Sizes
Stainless Steel - 800L/300L, 1600L/600L, 3000L/1200L
Aluminium - 10000L/14500L
Vacuum System
Vane
Self Contained
Yes
Pump
Diesel or petrol, 70 cfm
Tipper
No
Rear Full Opening Door
No
Tank Mount
Skid
Water Tanks
Yes
Mine Spec Available
No

Septic

Septic vacuum tankers are also not required to meet any specific requirements by the EPA, this is also true of any tankers for the transporting of sewer waste also. this could change anytime. VTS has taken the approach that, “why should we build only a septic spec tanker when chances are you will be doing at the very least grease traps or even some other EPA classified wastes??” All VTS build septic tankers are capable of pumping and transporting additional wastes. If you specifically require a septic only tanker then ask and we will price one accordingly.

Septic tankers typically have vane type pumps and tipping is not usually required but can be an option. Most septic pumpers want maximum capacity so payload is critical. See the web page on vacuum tank substrates for more information on this topic.

Septic waste is not highly corrosive and VTS build many septic and grease trap tanks and tankers out of aluminium these days due to the huge extra payload generated by the weight saving.

VTS also build specific septic tanks and tankers for some mining companies and these are dedicated septic only style tankers for pumping and transporting mine camp waste.

Typical standard sizes for septic tanks usually in stock are 8000, 10000, 12000 and 14500L in aluminium, 6000, 8000, 11000 and 13000L in mild steel.

Aluminium vacuum tankers greatly increase payload. They are approximately 60-70% lighter than a steel vacuum tank. What this means is that instead of carting around say 4000kg of vacuum tank you might only drag around say 1000kg the other 3000kg is available for you in extra payload and profit!

Mild steel vacuum tankers are widely used throughout the vacuum truck industry world wide.

VTS has built over 500 mild steel vacuum tankers.

Mild steel is durable and robust, easily fixed should any cracking occur and are renown for being able to handle a wide cross section of waste products throughout the life of the tank.

Life expectancy of a mild steel vacuum tank can be as long as 25-30 years.

All VTS mild steel vacuum tankers are constructed using 8mm grade 250. VTS have AS1210 design verification numbers for many of our standard designs.

Legal capacity of vacuum tanks vary depending on the specification of the vacuum system, vane pumps are lighter than liquid ring pumps, also truck tare weight can impact on the actual legal capacity.

Typically 6x4 lighter tare truck maybe able to carry around 11-12000lts as a rigid non tipping, if tipping then take off around 1000-1500lt in payload, so maybe 10000 litres legal, then if a heavy vacuum pumping system is used this could take another 800-1000 litres of payload.

Tank Construction
Low Carbon Steel or Aluminium
Tank Sizes
Low Carbon Steel - 8000L, 11000L
Aluminium - 12000L, 14500L
Vacuum System
Vane
Self Contained
Yes
Pump
Diesel or petrol, 320 cfm
Tipper
No
Rear Full Opening Door
No
Tank Mount
Truck
Water Tanks
Optional
Mine Spec Available
Yes

Grease Trap

Grease trap waste is an EPA controlled waste. Vacuum tankers which pump and transport grease trap waste will need to comply to each state's EPA requirements. It would appear that Victoria’s EPA is probably the most advanced when it comes to actually setting a standard which must be met in order to get a permit to pump and transport grease trap waste.

VTS has been building grease trap vacuum tankers for many years. Most popular are the low clearance units which are used for underground car parks where the head height is often under 2m.

Many companies are now considering aluminium vacuum tanks for their grease trap tanker applications. Payload is considerably higher and this means less time travelling to and from dump sites and more time on the job.

Apart from specific state requirements there is little difference between a septic and grease trap capable vacuum tanker. Vane pumps are favoured because they are simple and relatively lightweight compared to liquid ring vacuum pumps.

VTS standard sizes are the same as septic tankers and also come in the same material options.

Aluminium vacuum tankers greatly increase payload. They are approximately 60-70% lighter than a steel vacuum tank. What this means is that instead of carting around say 4000kg of vacuum tank you might only drag around say 1000kg the other 3000kg is available for you in extra payload and profit!

Grease traps and aluminium vacuum tankers are a match made in heaven. Perfectly suited.

Mild steel vacuum tankers are widely used throughout the vacuum truck industry world wide.

VTS has built over 500 mild steel vacuum tankers.

Mild steel is durable and robust, easily fixed should any cracking occur and are renown for being able to handle a wide cross section of waste products throughout the life of the tank.

Life expectancy of a mild steel vacuum tank can be as long as 25-30 years.

All VTS mild steel vacuum tankers are constructed using 8mm grade 250. VTS have AS1210 design verification numbers for many of our standard designs.

Generally speaking aluminium is more expensive but the payback is quicker due to greater load efficiencies.

In the case of the smaller tankers we can make them out of aluminium or mild steel. The mild steel tank is small enough to fit into a galvanising vat so it can be galvanised which increases the tank life even more.

The Provac is a great little unit, made entirely from aluminium it is designed to be used for waste sumps and pits which are contained inside buildings. It easily fits inside a standard door width and is light enough to go inside a lift in the case of high rise buildings.

The Provac is ideal for hospitals, universities and restaurants there are many uses this machine could fulfil.

The Provac is powered by a 240v motor with a small vane pump, it comes complete with flex and suction hose ready to use.

Tank Construction
Aluminium
Tank Sizes
3000L, 6000L, 10000L, 12000L, 14500L
Vacuum System
Vane
Self Contained
Yes
Pump
Diesel or petrol, 150 cmf or 320 cfm
Tipper
No
Rear Full Opening Door
No
Tank Mount
Truck
Water Tanks
No
Mine Spec Available
No

Septic / Grease Trap

Aluminium vacuum tankers greatly increase payload. They are approximately 60-70% lighter than a steel vacuum tank. What this means is that instead of carting around say 4000kg of vacuum tank you might only drag around say 1000kg the other 3000kg is available for you in extra payload and profit!

It is possible to get nearly 17000lt of waste on a lightweight 8x4, previously 12-13000lt might have been somewhere near the mark with steel. The bigger the tank the greater the savings.

Septic tanks, Grease traps and aluminium vacuum tankers are a match made in heaven. Perfectly suited.

Mild steel has long been the mainstay of the liquid waste industry when it comes to vacuum tankers.

It will be for years to come also due to its flexibility with various wastes, whereas aluminium can really only handle simple wastes like grease trap, oily waters, septics, and some other organics type wastes.

For many operators having the flexibility to pick up many different types of wastes outweighs the advantage of aluminium.

Small aluminium and steel vacuum tanks can be made to suit various chassis.

Call to enquire about our stock barrel and end sizes so we can get the maximum payload on your truck.

Tank Construction
Low Carbon Steel or Aluminium
Tank Sizes
Low Carbon Steel - 8000L, 11000L
Aluminium - 10000L, 12000L, 14500L
Vacuum System
Vane
Self Contained
Yes
Pump
Diesel or petrol, 320 cfm
Tipper
Optional
Rear Full Opening Door
No
Tank Mount
Truck
Water Tanks
No
Mine Spec Available
No

Light Industrial Liquid (Drill Muds etc.)

Light industrial vacuum tankers are most often mild steel in construction due to the many and varied loads they are required to pump and transport throughout their life. Some operators who are very careful have been known to buy aluminium vacuum tanks for this application. Generally speaking though light, medium and heavy industrial vacuum tankers are usually mild steel in construction.

These tankers can have either vane or liquid ring pumps and also would normally have a tipping tank. These tankers could also have on board water tanks and also a high pressure water pump in addition to the vacuum system.

Light industrial vacuum tankers are capable of doing the work of a septic and/or a grease trap tanker. More often than not they will be heavier in construction due to the increased requirements imposed by various states. This can include roll over protection, hand rails, rear bumpers and in some cases depending on the operator/owner a full opening rear door. Typical uses for a light industrial vacuum tanker could be drill muds, light sludges and slurries.

Light industrial tankers are used for many different rolls; not having a rear door can make it difficult to off load many heavier wastes.

Typically these tankers are used for septics, grease traps, TITs, light drill muds and other wastes not requiring rear doors.

Mild steel is the preferred material from here on in.

Light industrial tankers can be built on many different chassis to suit job specific requirements.

Tank Construction
Low Carbon Steel or Aluminium
Tank Sizes
Low Carbon Steel - 10000L, 13000L
Aluminium - 10000L, 12000L
Vacuum System
Vane / Liquid Ring
Self Contained
Yes
Pump
Diesel or petrol, 320 cfm
Tipper
Yes
Rear Full Opening Door
No
Tank Mount
Truck
Water Tanks
Optional
Mine Spec Available
No

Medium Industrial Liquid

Medium industrial liquid waste vacuum tankers have tipping, rear door vacuum tanks and also water tanks as well. More often than not a larger vacuum pump of 600cfm or greater and usually a liquid ring vacuum pump.

Due to all of the above, payload is reduced as having all of these extra functions takes up payload space.

On a 6x4 payload at an SG of 1:1 is usually around 9500 litres pending the chassis weight.

On a 8x4 payload at an SG of 1:1 is usually around 10500 litres pending the chassis weight.

Tank Construction
Low Carbon Steel
Tank Sizes
10000L, 13000L
Vacuum System
Vane / Liquid Ring
Self Contained
Yes
Pump
Diesel or petrol, 620 cfm
Tipper
Yes
Rear Full Opening Door
Yes
Tank Mount
Truck
Water Tanks
Yes
Mine Spec Available
Yes

Heavy Industrial Liquid

Heavy industrial liquid waste vacuum tankers have tipping, rear door vacuum tanks and also water tanks as well. More often than not a larger vacuum pump of 1200cfm or greater and usually a liquid ring vacuum pump.

Due to all of the above, payload is reduced as having all of these extra functions takes up payload space.

On a 10x4 payload at an SG of 1:1 is usually around 12500lts pending the chassis weight.

These tankers are used for a variety of work but are designed to pick up heavy sludge’s which smaller units would not be capable of.

Tank Construction
Low Carbon Steel
Tank Sizes
10000L
Vacuum System
Liquid Ring / Blower
Self Contained
Yes
Pump
Diesel or petrol, 1200 cfm or 1820 cfm
Tipper
Yes
Rear Full Opening Door
Yes
Tank Mount
Truck
Water Tanks
Yes
Mine Spec Available
No

Hook Lift Tanks

Hook lift vacuum tanks are really a compromise. Due to the hook unit on the cab chassis they are not capable of carrying a true payload, the end result is often something around 3-4000kg less due to the weight of the infrastructure.

Hook lift tanks are always mild steel. Some have rear doors; others don’t.

Having a truck that is capable of doing many other tasks is well worth the disadvantage of a reduced payload. Many hook lift trucks have tray, tipper and vacuum tanker bodies which make them versatile.

Tank Construction
Low Carbon Steel
Tank Sizes
9000L
Vacuum System
Liquid Ring / Blower
Self Contained
Optional
Pump
No
Tipper
Yes
Rear Full Opening Door
Optional
Tank Mount
Skid
Water Tanks
No
Mine Spec Available
Yes

Dangerous Goods (Corrosives)

This tanker is a full stainless steel construction to the wet areas, which is any part of the barrel that comes into constant contact with the barrel during its operational cycle.

Built to pump and transport sulphuric acid occasionally but mostly general purpose liquid waste mostly this tanker has been fitted with drive away protection to prevent the truck from moving away whilst pumping or off-loading waste.

Tank Construction
Stainless Steel
Tank Sizes
10,000L
Vacuum System
Vane
Self Contained
?
Pump
Diesel or petrol, 320 cfm
Tipper
Yes
Rear Full Opening Door
No
Tank Mount
Truck
Water Tanks
Yes
Mine Spec Available
No

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