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Air-Spade® Excavation Tool

Air-spade 4000 series



Air-spade 2000 series




The patented supersonic nozzle in the Air-Spade® turns compressed air into a high speed, laser-like jet moving at twice the speed of sound; Mach 2. All of the energy and momentum of this air moving at approximately 1200 mph is focused onto the soil, dislodging it in a fraction of a second.  The aggregate nature of soil aids the ability of the air to fracture it; while stronger materials and ones that are not porous like metal or plastic pipes, cables, or even wooden tree roots are unaffected.

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Because of its unique, focused air-jet, the Air-Spade works in most soils, even hard clays.  The Air-Spade will dislodge up to several inches deep in a medium to stiff soil. Unless the soil is highly compacted, dwelling on the same spot is unnecessary and tends to increase spray.

The Air-Spade can be moved over the soil surface at a rate of about 1 to 2 feet per second. When several inches of soil have been loosened, the soil should be removed to expose a fresh working face for the air jet. Vacuum suction, as provided by our AIR-VAC unit, is an excellent companion to the Air-Spade since it is likewise non-damaging.


The Air-Spade is included in the arbortools catalogue.  You can also read more about our Air-Spade service or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it today for a quotation.


arbortools is incorporated in Hong Kong and services the Asian region.  This includes Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, India, Vietnam, The Philippines as well as other countries located in Southeast, South, and East Asia.