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PACS Vacuum Trailer

The rugged, trailer mounted PACS vacuum system is purpose-built for removing oil, liquids, solids, and sludge from reclaim pits, catch basins, wastewater lagoons, tank cars, and oil sites. It is available in a variety of blower and vane configurations. It is approved for highway towing (NATM) and can be pulled with a pickup truck, fork truck, tractor, or Multi-Purpose Crawler Carrier. The PACS 2000 model can be equipped for hydro-excavation. Read our FAQ.

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The trailer-mounted, on/off-road PACS was purpose-built for rough and rugged oil fields to vacuum up water and mud on drilling sites, to clean up oil spills, and to transfer liquids, solids and sludge. PACS was designed to go where large vacuum trucks can’t or for jobs where vac trucks are not cost-effective.

The Elastec PACS is built with heavy-duty components. The extra strong frame is designed to withstand the difficult conditions of remote locations; yet, can be easily towed. The trailer has wide flotation tires and is equipped with safety equipment including surge brakes for highway or off-road towing. The unit is fitted with heavy-duty axles and suspension.

Most models have integral hydraulics that allow the unit to run an oil skimmer, a transfer pump, hydraulic tools, and to lift the spoils tank to dump contents through the rear door. Optional door opening sizes are available. PACS systems are offered with a wide range of accessories. It is fitted with vacuum relief valves and cyclonic separator. A vacuum filter can also be added.

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  • Designed for removing liquids, solids & sludge
  • Trailer mounted unit, DOT approved for highway towing
  • Less costly and more portable than vacuum trucks
  • Easy operation & low maintenance
  • User-friendly controls located in easy-access locations
  • Choice of vacuum pumps or blowers. (230 to 770 cfm). Air or water cooled
  • Engine options up to 48 hp

PACS Vacuum Trailer Photos

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Common Scenarios

  • Mines
  • Tank Cleaning (non-hazardous)
  • Road Spills (ATEX unit)
  • Power Stations
  • Loading bays
  • Hydro-excavation
  • Remediation
  • Oil Spill Response
  • General Cleaning
  • Utility
  • Airports
  • Railroads
  • Animal Farms

Frequently Asked Questions

Which type of vacuum pump do I need, Positive Displacement or Rotary Vane?
Our positive displacement vacuum pump is good for moving solids. These pumps typically run 14 to 16 Hg and move more air than the Rotary Vane. The air carries the solids to the tank. The Rotary Vane vacuum pump is good for moving liquids. They typically move less air but have a higher vacuum up to 27 Hg.

Do you have a unit that is good for hydro excavation?
Yes, the PACS 2000 and the PACS 920 have a optional 5 GPM 3000 PSI power washer that works well with the vacuum system for hydro excavation.

Do you have a vacuum unit that is good for moving liquids?
Yes, the PACS 424 has a vane pump and is good to 27 Hg and can pressure unload up to 15 PSI.

Where to buy an Elastec vacuum unit?
You can purchase a vacuum unit from our authorized dealer in your area. If there is no dealer in your area you can purchase straight from the factory.

Is there a lot of maintenance to do on an Elastec vacuum trailer?
There is very little maintenance to do:

  • Check engine oil regularly
  • Check air cleaner regularly
  • Check hydraulic oil level regularly
  • Check oil in blower or vacuum pump regularly
  • Clean sight glasses as needed
  • Open drain valves on moisture trap regularly
  • Change oils and filters per specifications
  • Apply grease at grease points regularly

The PACS vacuum trailer system is ideal for picking up viscous oil and dense solids on land or from water surfaces. It is also very effective for beach cleaning operations that require long suction hoses and large solids handling abilities. The system includes a heavy-duty suction wand, 1,000 gallon / 3.7 cu m tank and a selection of suction hoses. Hydraulics may be used to operate a variety of auxiliary equipment such as skimmers, pumps and pressure washers – see models and figurations below.

A PACS skid mounted unit is available for use with existing vehicles or barges.

Standard Configurations

ModelPACS 230PACS 286PACS 339PACS 332 (ATEX)PACS 424PACS 498PACS 770
Tank Capacity1,000 gal / 3,785 L800 gal / 3,028 litres1,000 gal / 3,785 L1,000 gal / 3,785 L1,000 gal / 3,785 L1,000 gal / 3,785 L1,000 gal / 3,785 L
Vacuum Tank ElevateN/AIncludedIncludedIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Engine20 hp / 15 kW Gas24 hp / 18 kW Diesel17 hp / 13 kW Diesel25 hp / 18 kW Diesel25 hp / 18 kW Diesel25 hp / 18 kW Diesel34 hp / 25 kW Diesel
Vacuum Pump TypeAir Cooled VaneAir Cooled VaneAir Cooled BlowerAir Cooled Vane**Water Cooled VaneAir Cooled BlowerAir Cooled Blower
Airflow (pulling vacuum)164 cfm @ 20 Hg150 cfm @ 27 Hg331 cfm @ 16 Hg332 cfm @ 18 Hg324 cfm @ 18 Hg487 cfm @ 16 Hg770 cfm @ 15 Hg
Airflow (free air)230 cfm286 cfm435 cfm360 cfm425 cfm629 cfm920 cfm
Vacuum ClutchNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Pressurize Tank FacilityYesYesNoYesYesNoNo
Rear Door36 inch / 0.91 m25 inch / 0.6 m36 inch / 0.91 m36 inch / 0.91 m36 inch / 0.91 m - 60 inch / 1.52 m36 inch / 0.91 m36 inch / 0.91 m - 60 inch / 1.52 m
High Pressure Water SystemN/AN/AN/AOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional
E150 Transfer Pump OptionN/AN/AN/AOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional
Drum Skimmer OptionN/AN/AN/AOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional
Dry Particulate Filter OptionN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AStandard
ShovelHead Skimmer OptionOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional

**ATEX Approved

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Features and benefits
  • Auxiliary hydraulic power (optional)
  • Fits in standard high cube container
  • More maneuverable than vacuum trucks
  • High air flow conveys material through long hoses
  • Vacuum tank positioned over axles for balance
  • Heavy duty steel chassis
  • 16,000 lb Gross Vehicle Weight tandem axle trailer
  • 5-leaf suspension spring
  • Low tongue weight
  • 12 ply, load range “F” tires rated at 4,045 lb each
  • Hydraulic surge brakes – all four wheels
  • 1/4 inch / 6 mm steel tank
  • Solid welded full length fenders 10 gauge carbon steel
  • Work lights
  • Twin shut-off valves with cyclonic separator
  • Hydraulic tank tilt (to 55°)
  • Heavy-duty suction wand with assortment of hoses and couplers
  • Hitch with 8-inch adjustment
  • DOT approved safety chains and hooks
  • Stabilizer jacks for rear of trailer
  • Sand blasted and epoxy painted
  • 6 inch / 150 mm discharge valve
  • Hoses stationed on built-in rack

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Options and Accessories

Vacuum Pumps (blowers) and Engine Combinations: We offer a wide range of vacuum pumps (blowers) combined with different engines (diesel or gasoline).

High Pressure Water Pump: This feature can be added to most PACS units. The high pressure cold water pump is driven hydraulically from the integral power unit. Water is supplied from a saddle tank mounted on top of the debris tank.

High pressure water pump

Dry Particulate Filter: Washable polyester filter media rated at 98% efficiency on 10 microns. Molded urethane end caps. Carbon steel core with two support straps. Epoxy coated aluminum back-up wire.

Dry particulate filter

Transfer Pumps:PACS units fitted with auxiliary hydraulic circuits are capable of running a transfer pump. E150 centrifugal pump requires as a minimum, the 25 hp / 18 kW engine. The ES400 helical screw pump requires the 48 hp / 36 kW diesel. These pumps can be used as submersibles for direct pumping.

Oil Skimmers: PACS units fitted with auxiliary hydraulic circuits are capable of running an Elastec drum skimmer such as the TDS118 or TDS136. Skimmed oil is sucked into the debris tank. Alternatively, we can supply a simple floating suction head (ShovelHead skimmer) or SeaSkaterNP suction skimmer.

Rear Door: The PACS unit can be configured with a 36 inch, or fully opening rear door.

PACS options and accessories

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