Whole Tool Box
Tools That We Have Used In Our Contracting Operations.
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Production Optimizer System: The most practical dredge
automation system in the industry
Wind-Out Encoder: Used on dredges with a 3 cable system
to measure the distance the dredge moves forward or backward.
Fast Hoist System: A simple,
inexpensive modification to the existing hydraulic system will double
the ladder hoist and lower speeds. This makes priming the dredge pump
faster and saves time raising and lowering the ladder throughout the
day. Time saved can be used to dredge material.
Ladder Depth Gauge:
Mechanical for down to 40 feet. Electronic for below 40 feet. .
Our 30 years experience, building dredges and operating dredges on 150
contract projects, uniquely qualifies us to provide training in:
Dredge operation, methods to improve
production, setting anchors, proper cable angles, improved rigging
methods and equipment.
Methods that will double the life of your
lubricants, engines, transmissions, and hydraulic systems.
Hydraulic system troubleshooting and repair.
Telemetry for Dredge Management.
Lets you know what your dredge was producing throughout the day. Added
to the Production Optimizer System the telemetry forwards vacuum and
discharge flow data, in real time, or a report format to any computer in
Four Cable Positioning System: Our
exclusive, 4 cable system is far superior to the 3 cable system now used
on most sand and gravel dredges. We can show you why. We have used it
for over 25 years.
Bank Cave-In Remover: Innovative
method and equipment to get a sand and gravel dredge out from under a
Davit with Block and
Tackle: Used to hoist the dredge pump cleanout door. We
invented it. Your people will love it.
Vacuum System for Underwater Pumps.
Required if you have, or are going to purchase an underwater pump.
Fathometer: The most economical depth finder available. Can be
hand carried or attached to a boat. Used to make surveys, determine the
depth of a sand deposit, and determine how much material has been left
behind. We designed the system, and have used it for 5 years.
Dredge Hydraulic Systems: New
systems, upgrades, troubleshooting, and repair. Our systems will have
less downtime, use less fuel, and cost less to operate than other
systems. Over 30 years experience designing, building, and operating
hydraulic systems on dredges.
Custom Dredging Systems:
If you have a difficult dredging project and nothing you can find will
work, call us. We have built and operated 3 custom systems that worked
well and solved difficult problems.
Drag Scraper Dredging System:
Nothing like it in the world. We designed, built and operated it for 5
years and prevented a casino from being closed.
Cutterheads with Easily Removable
Baskets: Our baskets can be removed with a ½ inch drive ratchet and
socket. We have seen people cut the cutterhead shaft in two to get the
basket off other cutterheads.
Aquatic Remediation System:
Takes Aquatic Remediation to the next level.
We have a large inventory of new Terex winches with line pull up to
13,500 pounds. About ½ the price of others.
Piranha Diver Cutterhead:
Improves diver dredging production in mud, by a factor of 2.5. We
Power Units: All
sizes and configurations. Our units will last longer, use less fuel and
cost less to operate than any others. Over 35 years experience
designing, building, and operating hydraulic systems.
Tools for Rigging and Wire Rope
Winch Bird Nest Eliminators:
Prevents tangled and damaged cables, damage to winches, increases cable
life, and prevents hands from being ripped untangling a bird nest. We
would not run a dredge without them.
Hydraulic powered. Fits all cable spool sizes without the need for
loose bushings or adapters. Sizes to meet your needs up to 10,000 feet
of 1-inch cable.
Cable Clamp Wrenches:
Holds the cable clamp while you tighten the nuts. We invented them.
Your people will love them.
Cable Tensioning Machine:
Cable manufacturers recommend that a tension of 2 percent of the cables
breaking strength be held as the cable is wound on a winch drum. For a
5/8 cable, this is 1,500 pounds. The tension prevents the layers above
from being pulled between the raps below. This machine provides the
means to attain the required tension. A must for large winches with
many layers of cable. We invented it and have used it for over 2 years.
Tools In Our Tool Box That You May
Want To Use
Litigation Assistance :
We have provided expert witness testimony in 22 cases involving dredging
hydraulic systems machinery design and repair . Our advise, stay out of
lawsuits, but if you need us, we are available.
Consulting in Dredging: We
have completed many consulting projects in the US and five foreign
Contract Dredging: We have completed 150 contract projects in 22
states. We have completed 16 contracts for five out of the six largest
corporations in the World.
Engineering: Machinery design of
all types. Auto Cad.
Machine and Fab Shop: Full machine
and steel fabrication shop. If you have an idea, we can design and
information about how you can put these tools in your dredging tool box
and cut costs, increase profits, and make your life easier,
Don Searles today.