Skyline Dredge Capabilities
Every dredging system has its positives and negatives, and every pit has its own obstacles from pit layout to material types. This is why a Skyline Dredge is such a unique machine, because of how it adapts to the various obstacles that everyone faces when dredging or excavating the different types of materials.
The most common dredging systems out there today are the suction dredge, the clamshell, and every once in a while you run across a drag line. These various dredging systems, while effective, are extremely limited to their specific application, such as depth, span, materials extracted and so on. If you don’t have all of your obstacles accounted for, like that layer of clay, or those big boulders that pop up from time to time, or if you expand your pits to a location with a deeper aggregate depth, you now have a very expensive piece of equipment that possibly can’t even retrieve your aggregates.
The Skyline Dredge’s only limitation is extremely hard material, and by that I mean material that an excavator has trouble with. If any of the other three types of dredges can dig it, the Skyline Dredge can too. I have talked to some people who say they have seen, or worked around “Sauerman” type systems, which are similar to the Skyline Dredge system, and they have issues with them flipping their buckets over, digging the material, they are slow, or half the bucket dumps in the water. All of these issues are from bad set ups, layouts, slow drums, or poor bucket designs. Skyline Dredges have come a long way from the old “Sauerman” days, and we have really adapted these machines to be extremely efficient in most any application.
The other benefits of a Skyline Dredge is that you don’t have to worry about clay layers, the depths of your deposits, what size your aggregates are (to an extent like over a 14′ bolder), expenses going up because of the distance from your plant so you have to add pumps, those high dollar repairs, or having to worry about contaminating the water with an oil leak. You won’t have under mining, or people out on the water, which limits MSHA issues. Something else to consider is the fact that the other systems, besides the drag line, are only good for dredging. This is not the case with the Skyline Dredge. Most people don’t realize how effective a Skyline Dredge is on dry land, excavating material, or doing reclamation jobs for example.
There is no doubt that there is a place for every system, in fact I am even looking at acquiring a suction dredge myself for certain scenarios, (mainly for rivers or lakes that I cannot get my machine into), but in most mining applications that I have seen, the Skyline Dredge, out of all the systems out there, is the most adaptable, effective and affordable application available on the market today.