Frac Sand Pump Applications

With all sand and aggregate production, the key metric for producers is to control the cost per ton to produce your end product. Our pumps will increase those operation efficiencies with lower maintenance and higher output.
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Frac Sand Pump Applications:

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  • Dredging the Frac Sand
  • Pumping Sand to Wash Stations
  • General Frac Sand Pumps

Fracking Sand Problems

Frac sand production costs are the main issue. With all sand and agg production, the key metric for producers is to control the cost per ton to produce your end product. Our pumps will increase those operation efficiencies with lower maintenance and higher output.

Frac Sand, AKA proppant is a very abrasive sand that causes many issues for pumps in the frack sand mining industry. Initially, the frac sand is mined from pits and sandstone formations. This transport process destroys conventional centrifugal pumps due to the abrasive nature of frac sand, costing downtime and lost money on frequent repairs. Frac sand can also be mechanically dredged up, but this is often very costly and typically inefficient for the purposes of frac sand mining.

The advantage of pumping frac sand is that it starts with cleaning the fine grains instead of using conventional conveying. Also, with our excavator dredge pump attachment your production will have a constant and mobile tool to keep the flow of sand to the procession area steady. NO wasted movement with a hauler, just a steady flow of sand.

By utilizing the EDDY Pump through various deployments, manpower is decreased and your production significantly goes up. This saves large frac mining plants millions of dollars a year.

With the frac sand market growing at a super pace, it’s important for the processing plants to be highly efficient. There are known shortfalls in production and keeping up with industry demand. That is where our heavy lifting pumps come into play, with less downtime and more washing.

The unique design of the EDDY Pump allows frac sand to be pumped at production rates of up to 1200 tons of material per hour. The patented EDDY Pump design allows the pump to move higher rates of sand versus water. Rates of up to 40-70% solids of frac sand by weight are easily achieved with the EDDY Pump. This is accomplished through the patented open rotor design.

The optimal design for Frac Sand mines are the Excavator Pump Attachment, Autonomous Dredge, and Cable Deployed Dredge Pump.

 Fracking (Fracture) Pumps utilize a high-volume pump to feed the positive displacement pumps. The abrasive sands wear out the impellers of centrifugal fracking pumps and incur significant repair costs with spare parts and downtime.

The patented EDDY Pump, on the other hand, does not have the tolerance issues and will last significantly longer and save a lot of money while fracking.  The EDDY Pump does not have significant tolerances so it will not wear out like the centrifugal pumps when dealing with the abrasive frac sand.

The goal is continuous improvement of key processes like mining, drying, sizing, and shipping to reduce plant bottlenecks and drive out waste. Our pumps are another step in ultimate efficiency.

Equipment Options for Job:

EDDY Pump Frac Sand Equipment

EDDY Pump’s equipment for pumping is ideally designed for the tough conditions of frac sand mining. EDDY Pump’s dredging equipment can be configured in many ways in order to optimize the frac sand retrieval.

Excavator Dredge Pump Attachment


The EDDY Pump Excavator Dredge Pump Attachment is one of our most popular units. Highly versatile for mining and dredging applications.

The EDDY Pump Excavator or Backhoe mounted dredge pump is the quickest and most cost-effective way for a frac sand and aggregate plant to improve production.

Within hours a crew can connect the EDDY Pump attachment and cutterhead to one of their existing excavators and begin pumping. The material can be transported at distances of over two miles directly into their processing plants.

For the frac sand recovery, the EDDY Pump Excavator or Backhoe mounted dredge pump is often the ideal solution for frac sand mining.  It will quickly attach to any excavator and begin pumping frac sand at rates of up to 1000 tons per hour at distances of over 2-miles.

The Backhoe Pump Attachment makes it so that a mining operation with no previous frac dredging experience can be up and running in a matter of days.  The Excavator or Backhoe Pump pins right at the end of the backhoe boom and can begin pumping material immediately.

Please click here to see more about proper pump and excavator size for your application: Excavator Dredge Pump Attachment Info 

Autonomous Dredge

Coal Ash Removal Autonomous Dredger

Large frac mining pits can be tough to dredge.  For these frac mining pits,  EDDY Pump has designed the Autonomous Dredge.  The EDDY Pump Autonomous Dredge allows for 24/7 frac sand dredging with minimal manpower.   The Autonomous Dredge is an automated floating platform that runs continuously.  The EDDY Pump is deployed from an A-frame that is mounted on the floating dredge and can be powered either hydraulically or by electric power. Autonomous Dredge Page

Cable-Deployed Pump

Coal Ash Cable Hanging Pump

For frac sand production sites where there is already a crane, the EDDY Pump Cable Deployed Dredge is a cost-efficient solution.  This cable deployed pump system comes with water jetting system to break up the frac sand. The cable-deployed pump can have an electric or hydraulic power system for optimal flexibility.  The EDDY Pump mounts on cable that hangs off the crane.   The water jetting ring is then attached to the pump. Cable Deployed Dredge info Here

Fracking Pumps

Fly Ash Process Pumps

The EDDY Pump’s patented open rotor design is optimal for fracking.  It can be configured either electrically, hydraulically or directly driven off a diesel engine.  Production rates of up to 7,000 GPM can be achieved with a head of over 200-ft.  This is all achieved at a total life-cycle cost that is significantly less than any fracking pump on the market.  The high chrome volute and rotor allows the pump to last significantly longer in a fracture pumping application.  It also allows it to resist the corrosive fracking chemicals that are used while pumping.

Custom pumps are our specialty. Pump Info Here.


Tell us about your project. See the custom pump curve page and we can start the first step of a quote to determine if your project is a fit for our equipment. Contact Us Here

Sales Quote With Custom Pump Curve

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Frac Sand Pumping Scenario


Applications: Frac Sand Processing Pits

The purpose of this page is to identify your application and learn more about an equipment solution to meet your needs. These are the most common sand and aggregate applications that we use our equipment for. We are the OEM for the tools shown.

Application: Frac Sand Processing (water required)
Material: Frac Sand

Common Sand Pit Scenario:

The EDDY Pump Excavator Attachment is ideal for pumping sand slurry, sand pits, lined ponds or other bodies of water. Does NOT pump dry sand, we need at lease a foot or two of water on top to create a sand slurry. Call with questions.   

By attaching the EDDY Pump to a standard boom or long boom excavator you can get reach of up to 75-ft and handle the most difficult applications.  The EDDY Pump allows you to pump the sand slurry at distances over 2-miles at production rates of up to 600 tons of slurry per hour or 5000 GPM.  

Optional upgrade, add liner-safe rollers, it also gives you the ability to dredge on concrete lined sumps or poly-lined reservoirs.

Below are commonly distances we see, along with a pump curve to match the details. Contact us with your exact numbers.

Distance: 5000 ft
Vertical Rise: 30 ft
Production: 3169 GPM

Equipment Used: EDDY Pump 10 Inch Excavator Attachment. Cutter Head OR Roller Wheel setup.
Excavator Type: CAT 320 or larger (or equivalent model excavator)
Optional HPU: Excavator powered attachment OR a separate Hydraulic Power Unit (HPU) will power the pump attachment.  The ideal option is based on your project requirements.

See How EDDY Pumps Are Better

Slurry and Fly Ash Video

If you have questions about your application, contact us.

Frac Sand Pumping Photos

Photos of recent ash pumping projects. Power plans and ash slurry ponds are the primary clients of EDDY Pump.

Call For Sales or Support

If you need help with Pump selection, Sales or Engineering Support, Call 619-258-7020.

Why EDDY Pumps Are Better – Highlights

This video shows how EDDY Pump beats out traditional centrifugal pumps when it comes to tough slurry and abrasive materials. EDDY Pump is the at the heart of all of our featured dredge pump equipment including the Remote Operated Subdredge, Diver Operated Pump and a Excavator Attachment Dredge Pump.