Let’s Talk Reclaim


While we’re on the subject, those that have used different gas driven vacs which is the quietest? I know that’s kinda silly question but with the blower running in the middle of the night seems like a noise ordinance violation waiting to happen. Is there a way to make it quieter? I don’t think I want to fool with the electric vacs. The gas will do whatever is needed


what, are you using an electric washer? you already have a 400cc+ engine running, who’s gonna notice another?


It’s not the engine running. I usually have two running when doing sidewalks. It the blower on the vacuum


Yes blowers are loud!


I’m not sure which is most quiet, but Sirocco offers a high end muffler for theirs that helps out quite a bit.


they call it a silencer, here’s a link to a picture. It’s the muffler looking piece under the engine.


@Sharpe there is much more to it than a vacuum on a drum. You have an engine that powers the vacuum/blower (high CFM and the vacuum alone isn’t cheap), a specially made drum that has some filtration or a sand trap and will withstand the high vacuum, an auto pump-out pump (110 volt) inside the drum…


Glad you got lucky with a working unit that makes you money. Don’t hate little birds. Parakeets rarely make any noise.



That’s actually ok in some instances, but not always. Some can go into vegetation or the grass


I actually deleted my post as soon as I wrote it, put it takes 24hrs to be taken down according to the site. It was one of those things if I had said it out loud I would been like nope probably want work cause its a water pump…and normally have to keep them primed and if I am following along correctly these reclaim units are a vacuum that can handle chemicals, right??


They aren’t any different than a regular sump pump. Things get complicated when filtration, hauling water away etc get involved.


Done a search of the whole site and there is only one mention of Meister. And still it doesn’t really say anything. Interested in the watermeister x11. Does anyone use this system? Anyone know the price of the system?

Same goes for the Alkota 8-VFS-1. 2 mentions of the VFS (one says look for it on craigslist and the other is talking about a sprinter van).

I am able to get information on the Socorro and the Hydro Tek so don’t need anything for them. I am looking to compare these 4, maybe more if someone can recommend another brand. Thanks!


I talked with the guy and was very impressed. I feel like it’s a much better system than the Sirocco. I’ve had several retailers tell me to stay away from Sirocco due to inconsistency on replacement parts.


Alkota or watermeister?

Is the guy on this forum? I’d like to get in touch to see real world reviews


Watermeister. I googled it and got the number. I just tried it again but couldn’t find anything on it. The biggest complaint I’ve heard on Sirocco is parts replacement due to various parts distribution. No consistency on what parts are ordered and installed. I do like Sirocco gas system but would make sure what components come from where


Not a silly question.

The pressure washer is loudest, vacuum blowers are loud, and if you go with Sirocco Electric, you probably will need a generator, since the dual vacs (11amp each) often trip circuits when plugged into an outlet, especially when the auto pump-out kicks on. Speaking from experience. At the least, you’ll need GFI 20amp outlets.

The muffler they install is a high performance type, low profile. This means that the exhaust pathway is a straight line, thus limiting muffling capability. A regular muffler will have a “snaking” pattern, enhancing the noise reduction.

So, there is more noise and another 3-5k for the generator, plus more space needed on your build.

There is also no communication between the reclaim and you, meaning you don’t know if it is has tripped a circuit until you see waste water flowing down the drains.

This also means that you have to plug the vacuums and the pump-out to different circuits. But a problem still exists because if the pump out trips and your vacuums are still working, you’ll get water backed up into the vacuum box, which is a huge headache and LOTS of downtime.

“The RapiD eLimiNation of DoWnTime…” :roll_eyes::thinking:


Glad someone confirms this. There were times I thought I was a complete idiot for having so many problems with it. Ever tried reeling up 200’ of 2" vac hose that is full of water, lol?


That’s one thing I do like about Hydrotek. Their gas unit 12 volt system operates the auto pump out so no generator is needed. Electric systems are designed for no more than 100ft of hose max


So what is one supposed to do when there are multiple storm drains?
Get these gas system.
How would one know that?
Salesperson would advise.
Am i off base?

Something you’d think a salesperson would tell you.