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AirSpade Introduces Next Generation AirVac
Chicopee, MA February 1, 2019

AirSpade, a Division of Guardair Corporation, announces the launch of the next generation vacuum excavation unit, the AirVac Model AVU16540.

Powered by compressed air, AirVac is designed to excavate dirt, sand, gravel and muck to safely uncover underground utility lines, tree roots, or other buried objects. Equipped with a 4-inch diameter, 15-foot vacuum hose with a 4-foot, clear polycarbonate vacuum wand, the AirVac sucks up spoils at rates up to 2 cubic feet/minute.

Featuring an 11 cubic ft (82-gallon) tank, AirVac offers a cost-effective, highly mobile alternative to larger, more expensive vacuum trucks. Constructed from lightweight, high-strength aluminum, the unit can easily be maneuvered around a jobsite on its 15-inch diameter pneumatic tires. Heavy-duty rear rails enable workers to slide the AirVac onto the rear bed of a pickup truck for transportation to the next job.

Engineered to run off a 185 cfm, tow-behind air compressor, AirVac features a powerful, multi-stage venturi vacuum engine. Incorporating proprietary AirSpade technology, with no motors or moving parts to wear out, the vacuum engine is removable for easy set-up, transportation and storage.

Other features include storage slots for tools and equipment, and a 24-inch by 16-inch dump door opening and quick-release latches for easy emptying. AirVac is made in USA.

To learn more about AirVac, visit 

Contact Craig Schoen, AirSpade National Sales Manager, at (413) 594-4400 x335, or for additional information or lead times.

About AirSpade Division
AirSpade Division of Guardair has been supplying air excavation tools to arborists, landscapers and utilities for more than 30 years. Manufactured exclusively in the United States, thousands of AirSpade tools are in use worldwide. Combining durability, safety, performance and operator comfort, AirSpade has become the industry standard.

About Guardair Corporation
Founded in 1942, Massachusetts-based Guardair pioneered safety air-gun technology. The company is now a leading manufacturer of pneumatic tools and vacuums sold under the Guardair and AirSpade brands. Today, Guardair is committed to innovative products that meet the highest standards of effectiveness and safety. To learn more, visit

Take Safety To Mach 2 With An Air-Powered Excavation Tool

When it comes to underground utility lines, what you can't see can hurt you. The Common Ground Alliance, an association that promotes efforts to reduce damage to underground infrastructure, estimates that there are more than 20 million miles of gas, electric, water, sewer and telecommunication lines buried underground in the United States. That's the equivalent of more than one football field's length of buried utilities for every man, woman and child in the nation. Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can lead to injuries and fatalities, property damage, service disruptions and costly repairs. Consequently, utility companies and contractors go to great lengths to ensure that their employees are taking the necessary safety precautions when working around underground utility infrastructure. Still, incidents continue to occur. Read full article by clicking below. 

AirSpade Introduces the HT144 for Shrubs, Bushes and Flower Beds
New, short barrel design simplifies close-up excavating work

AirSpade, a division of Guardair Corporation, announces the HT144 — a new, more compact compressed air tool that provides users with unparalleled safety and productivity. The HT144 is a great addition to the AirSpade family of pneumatic soil excavation tools. Harnessing the power of compressed air, the AirSpade Shrub Gun quickly and efficiently excavates soil that covers roots and other underground objects, without causing damage. Featuring a patented supersonic nozzle that generates airflow at Mach 2, the Shrub Gun fractures and dislodges the soil, leaving tree roots, cables, metal and plastic pipes unharmed.

“The Shrub Gun is changing the way arborists, landscapers and gardeners care for plants,” said Thomas Tremblay, president of Guardair. “We recognized a need to provide a more compact AirSpade tool to meet the varied needs of our customers and the Shrub Gun does just that. The growing season is a busy time for our customers, and with our powerful and efficient compressed air tools they can get the job done easier.”

The Shrub Gun is a powerful excavation tool operating at 60 cfm. It weighs less than five pounds with a maneuverable, two-foot barrel that makes it perfect for close-up work. While powerful, the Shrub Gun runs on a compressor small enough to fit in the back of a pickup truck and the portability allows arborists, landscapers and gardeners to bring the technology to bear in many new applications.

"I've been using the AirSpade for many years,” says Kevin Wedemeyer, certified arborist for C.L. Frank & Company. “This tool is powerful and safe. The technology behind the AirSpade makes our work so much easier. With that same technology and shorter barrel, the Shrub Gun is perfect for tough jobs that require us to get up close.”

The Shrub Gun is now available for purchase on the simple and secure website. Customers can easily review the full AirSpade product line and select the ideal tool and accessories needed to take on any job.

About AirSpade
AirSpade, a division of Guardair Corporation, has been supplying air excavation tools to arborists, landscapers and utilities workers for more than 30 years. Manufactured exclusively in the United States, thousands of AirSpades are in use worldwide. Combining durability, safety, performance and operator comfort, AirSpade has become the undisputed industry standard in air excavation.

AirSpade Announces New Utility AirSpade 4000 Series Excavation Tool

AirSpade, a division of Guardair Corporation, announces the new Utility AirSpade 4000 Seriesexcavation tool. The new tool, designed with safety in mind, features AirSpade’s patented supersonic nozzle which utilizes compressed-air to produce a high-speed laser like jet which moves at twice the speed of sound for rapid digging in the toughest of soils. The tool serves as a safe and non-damaging alternative to traditional digging methods that puncture sensitiveair spade 4000 kits underground cables and pipes in soil-excavation applications.

Additionally, the Utility AirSpade 4000 Series’ high voltage insulated barrel and non- sparking nozzle provides a high-level of protection when working around underground electric and gas lines. It also bodes an adjustable rubber spray shield to protect operator form flying debris. Ideal for digging holes or shallow trenches for pipes or cables, the Utility AirSpade 4000 Series serves utility locating and repair, keyholing, potholing, valve box cleaning, and cable trenching applications to name a few.

Additional product features include:
• Ergonomic, aluminum handle with retractable stabilizer bar and integral air-pressure gauge 
• Insulated, 4 foot fiberglass barrel rated up to 300kV 
• Adjustable, rubber spray shield
• Non-sparking brass, supersonic nozzle, 105 and 150 cfm sizes available
• Accessories feature heavy duty, non-sparking brass, threaded connections
• Extensions available in 2, 3, 4, and 5 foot lengths
• Trigger guard prevents accidental actuation
• Made in USA

 About AirSpade, Division of Guardair Corporation
Founded more than 60 years ago, Guardair Corporation is a world-class manufacturer of safety air guns, syphon spray guns, pneumatic vacuums, and accessories. Guardair acquired the AirSpade product line in July 2008. All Guardair products, including AirSpade, are available through a nationwide and international network of industrial distributors and dealers. Guardair products are designed to maximize power, performance, and operator comfort, while meeting all applicable OSHA Standards. To learn more visit or call 1-800-GUARDAIR (1-800-482- 7324).