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Attention to Quality and Safety

We place a great deal of emphasis on the safety, quality and durability of our equipment. Over the last 40 years, we have developed and tested many different designs and ideas. Through extensive experience we have learned which components work well and which do not. Most importantly, we have always believed that safety is not an option.

The machines we offer today are the safest, most reliable machines available on the market. Browse through the details below to see the distinctive safety and quality features that set our equipment apart.
  • The paddle wheels are an integral part of the weed harvesters that present a danger to the operator or passengers if someone were to slip and fall into one. The paddle wheels on all weed harvesters are completely surrounded with guards to prevent serious injury.
     
  • All hydraulic motor chain drive assemblies are guarded to prevent accidental entanglement.
     
  • Hydraulic oil averages 140° – 160° F (60° - 71° C) during normal operation. For this reason, all hydraulic hoses, fittings and valves at the operator console are completely enclosed to protect the operator in the event of a failure.
     
  • OSHA regulation safety railings protect the operator and passengers. An extra large bimini canopy provides protection from the sun and rain.
     
  • Using technology based on American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Standards, our barge style hulls are the strongest, lightest hull design available in the industry. Reinforced frames throughout the barge interior provide superior strength in the longitudinal, transverse and vertical directions. Watertight sealed bulkheads serve to contain water to a single compartment in the unlikely event of a leak.
     
  • Stainless steel tubing is used to run all hydraulic lines, except where flexibility is required. Stainless tubing is a high quality feature that never wears out and is not subject to deterioration when exposed to the elements. The stainless tubing is also much neater in appearance, and makes tracing hydraulic lines much easier.
     
  • Rubber hose is used only where flexibility is required, such as at conveyor pivot points. We use only high quality Dayco Eastman brand double braided rubber hose and matching fittings. Trained technicians do all hose fitting and crimping. Learn more about Dayco Eastman products.
     
  • Heavy duty, high torque hydraulic motors and precision-machined gear reducers drive the paddle wheels. Having abandoned the use of direct drive systems over a decade ago, the new two-stage system provides outstanding, trouble free performance.
     
  • We offer a choice between split operator and engine platforms, or a single conjoined operator/engine platform.
     
  • Aluminum cabs are available on most models for the comfort and safety of the operator. The cabs come equipped with one or two doors, tinted safety glass, a windshield wiper and electric fan. For climate control, heating and/or air conditioning can also be added.
     
  • For clients with dockside fueling stations we offer permanent plastic or stainless steel fuel tanks available in capacities from 15 to 50 gallons (55 to 190 liters). If fuel must be brought in from another location, we suggest using 6 gallon (22 liter) portable fuel tanks.
     
  • The cutter head impact protection system comes in a choice of two pivoting styles to absorb major impacts: The standard pivoting spring suspension system or optional pivoting swing suspension system. Both feature a series of shock absorbers behind the horizontal cutter bar to sustain minor impacts with underwater obstacles. The combined spring/shock absorber system allows a total of 24" (60 cm) of travel; and the combined swing/shock absorber system allows a total of 34" (86 cm) of travel.
     
  • The aquatic weed harvesters are available with optional hydraulically retractable paddle wheels. This option is especially popular for lake managers who must frequently relocate the equipment from one lake to another.

 


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