I’m a new member and don’t really know how the forum works but I just wanted to say that I bought a model 1400 Vermeer vacuum and a crust buster to use to empty pits as I have a host of pits to deal with. It does a fantastic job can empty a pit 40 in wide 40 in deep 72 in long in about 15-20 minSaw 1 for sale in Arkansas. 3 yrs old excellent condition. Wanted $17,500, said they'd take no less than $16,500!! I laughed & said good luck.
I've used one. I used it to transfer the fine silt out of the secondary trap back into one of the bay pits so it could settle out to be shoveled. It works great for that, and it will move heavy mud but it takes a lot of water to agitate it. I think the crustbuster thing might be enough to let the sludge sucker work with heavy mud without adding much water.Does anyone have a suttner sludge sucker device? They're about $125. I bought one to play with. Last week I used it to remove water off the top of sludge prior to pump out and it worked great. I tested the volume and it performs as advertised. It was five feet down in the tank and managed to fill a five gallon bucket with muddy water in around eight seconds. That works out to almost 40 GPM. Again this was hooked up to a 1200 psi SS bay hose. It might be a good accessory to have on hand. I have not tested it for removal of heavy solids. I bought mine from CWSS and it had a 6.0 orifice