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What is a Solids Handling Pump?

Discover what you need to know about solids handling pumps and how they differ from standard water pumps.

A solids handling pump offers several benefits when pumping and transporting fluid mixed with a concentration of solids. These slurry pumps are designed to handle difficult, abrasive slurries commonly found in dredging, manufacturing, mine tailings, and many other industrial applications. On standard pumps, these slurries will quickly wear down the pump and the pump’s critical components. When this happens, maintenance must be performed at much quicker intervals than what would be found when pumping non-solids, thus creating unnecessary downtime and loss of production.

Solids Handling Pump Features

Some of the common features found on solids handling pumps include alternative impellers (to prevent clogging), recessed impellers (to allow passage of larger solids), different metal types (to withstand corrosion and/or abrasive materials). Sometimes, in critical applications such as sewage handling, solids handling pumps are fitted with grinders or cutters to reduce the size of solids, making it even easier to pump through the whole system without issues.


The EDDY Pump is a premier solids handling pump offering:

  • Recessed Rotor – A 10-inch EDDY Pump allows the passage of solid objects up to 9 inches in diameter, allowing the pump to run smoothly in the most demanding of pump or dredge applications. The adjustable, ultra recessed rotor can pass the largest material in the industry.
  • Rotor Designed for Solids – Our rotor technology effectively agitates and pumps material of up to 70% solids by weight using a geometrically shaped energy generating rotor.
  • No Critical Tolerances – The tolerance between the rotor and the volute easily allows the passage of a man’s arm, while the tolerance in a centrifugal pump is significantly less. In a 2-inch to 10-inch EDDY Pump, the tolerance ranges from 1-9 inches.
  • Heavy Duty Construction – 100% USA Made pump and pump components stand up to the toughest of conditions found in any industry. The pump is able to be cast from a variety of metals and alloys, depending on your needs.
  • Reduced Maintenance – Our pump design allows for longer intervals between maintenance, which translates to increased output, more uptime, and higher profits.
  • Improved ROI – The low maintenance, non-clogging pump technology allows a much quicker return on investment over other pumps, making it the lowest life-cycle cost pump on the market today.

The main benefit of a pump built for solids handling is reduced clogs and maintenance problems. No operation wants continuous downtime for pump-related problems when the issues could easily be solved by initially choosing the correct type of pump. These operations rely on near constant uptime, so having repeated equipment failures is something to avoid whenever possible.

Why EDDY Pumps Are Better – Highlights

This video shows how EDDY Pump transports high slurry and abrasive materials. Featured dredge pump equipment includes the Remote Operated Subdredge, Diver Operated Pump and a Excavator Attachment Dredge Pump.

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