AIR-EX

AIR-EX


The AIR-EX is the industry leading tool for ground de-compaction and clearance of spoil from underground assets. This National Grid approved tool operates at speeds of up to 1500mph (2414 kph), with pressures up to 100psi, enabling safe and effective excavation around fibre optics, utilities, tree roots etc.

Air excavation is a wide spread method of work, proven to massively reduce strikes, with the air being unable to penetrate/damage non-porous materials. Our VULCANEX Nozzles, with non-sparking heads, concentrate the airflow into a high velocity stream that has functional cutting depth of 100mm. In excess of 100mm the airflow dissipates, allowing the AIR-EX to be used in other ways, such as soil invigoration and radial trenching.

Unlike other air excavators, the AIR-EX is made from high density polyethylene (PEHD), which is known for its strength to density ratio, resulting in an extremely durable tool that weighs less than 3kg. Further benefits of using PEHD are its intrinsic non-conductive properties, which we have been independently tested to 75kV and its high tensile strength, which is superior to other materials such as fiberglass (GRP).

With the welfare of the operator in mind, the AIR-EX has the following innovations:

Easy Squeeze Trigger – The actuator valve requires minimal force to engage, reducing hand and forearm fatigue and the risk of any repetitive strain related disorders.

Adjustable Second Handle – The height and pitch can be decided by the operator, so as to reduce physical effort and also increases their control.

Thermo Handle Wrap – Often air compressors have faulty or no after-cooler. If this is the case, the heat transfers into the air excavator handle can render the tool unusable.

Our tool is the only one to offer an easily attachable heat insulated cover.

The AIR-EX can be built to customer requirements, allowing the user to have a tool that is fit for purpose, or fit for person.

Technical


Product/Feature A B C
Length 640mm 1140mm 1300mm
Weight 1.75kg 2kg 2kg
dB level 93dB 93dB 93dB
HAVS 0 (zero) 0 (zero) 0 (zero)
BS 3054:1959 Complies Complies Complies
BS EN 61235:1995 Tested Tested Tested
HV Tested to: 75kV 75kV 75kV

As standard, Vulcanex nozzles are set to a 10mm exit bore. These are effective with 120cfm air compressors (or above).

This set up allows for a working ‘cutting’ depth of 100mm

Accessories


Accessory
Nozzles

200mm straight nozzle
300mm 45° nozzle
400mm straight nozzle
400mm extension

Made from CDS and zinc plated, these hard wearing nozzles come with replaceable brass tips for safe working around utilities
Debris Cones

150mm Rubber debris cone.
These are used to shield the operator from upward spray.
Auxillary Handle

The auxiliary handle provides the operator with a comfortable and adjustable second point of contact on the tool.
This allows for precise control, while promoting a better body posture
Kit Bag

"400mm x 300mm heavy duty canvas bag.
They are velcro fastening for easy access and large enough to store all the Air-Ex accessories.
Company logos can be used for orders of 50no and above."
Handle Wrap

Heat resistant material with velcro strap for attaching to the handle. These can be used when the air compressor does not have an after cooler
Spanners

2no 32mm spanners are used to tighten the nozzles and also give the operator access to the trigger valve for maintenance.
Debris Skirt

375mm x 300mm deep plastic ring base, covered with heavy duty mesh with PVG edging.
These contain 99% of the spray and debris at the point of excavation.
These can be coloured and logos affixed to meet company or contract requirements.
Debris Nets

2m x 1m heavy duty mesh and PVC edged barrier.
These are used as a secondary barrier and to improve the look of the excavation. These can be coloured and logos affixed to meet company or contract requrements

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Parts


Air-Ex Style A VXP 047-01
Air-Ex Style B VXP 047-02
Air-EX Style C VXP 048-02
Nozzle: 200mm straight VXP 049-01
Nozzle: 300mm 45° VXP 049-02
Nozzle: 400mm straight VXP 049-03
Extension: 400mm straight VXP 050-01
150mm Debris Cone VXP 031
32mm Spanners (pair) VXP 030
Whip Check VXP 032-01
Manual & Zip Wallet VXP 046
Debris Net VXP 044
Debris Skirt VXP 512
Auxiliary Handle VXP 515
Thermo Handle Wrap VXP 514
Holdall VXP 513

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