When it comes to floating dredges, the design is simple: you need a small, lightweight, flexible vessel that can be towed along a river, and it’s used to dump the dredge into the river bed, or “floating,” to a depth of about three feet.
You can then fill the water back up to the depth needed.
The water, however, has to be treated with chemicals to remove the sediment.
So why not have your own floating dredger?
A few years ago, a Dutch company called The Flounder and Dredger Company came up with a floating dredging machine that can tow a 1,000-pound vessel about 150 feet deep, using a combination of small and large floating propellers.
You might think this kind of thing would be a good idea.
The machines, called Dredge Pipes, cost about $2 million each, according to the company’s website.
What’s more, they require a lot of maintenance, and even after a couple of years of use, they won’t last.
“The design for a floating Dredging Pipe requires about a year to complete and is not designed to be operated for years,” the company said.
“The most common cause of failure is overloading.”
So how do you build a floating dredging pipeline?
You can build a pump for about $10,000 and a floatant, or floatant that holds the dredging vessel and a trailer.
That floatant is made out of metal, glass, or a combination, and has to have a hole drilled through it.
Then you need to fill it with water, which you fill with the diesel you used to drive the generator, and then attach it to the floatant.
Then you fill it up again with the dredged material, which is usually metal, or concrete.
The pump uses that material to generate electricity and a diesel generator to power the generator.
Now you can build your floating ddugges for about the same price.
That’s right: the company makes a floating pump, floatant and diesel generator, then sells them for about 30 times the price.
And they’re still going strong, with a fleet of 200 floating duds.
(Image source: Dredger Pipes.)
But they’re expensive, and they’re complicated.
Ddugge Pumps cost about three times the cost of a pump, according a Dyer Institute analysis.
The cost of the Dduggers is about half the price of a floating diesel generator.
The Ddugs require a truck that weighs about 20 tons to haul the floatants and ddugs about 300 feet.
This is why the Dyer Institute said it would be “a very bad idea” to buy a floating power generator and floatant in a single transaction.
If you do buy the floatation, the cost will be higher than a floating generator and the floatance will be less than a diesel one.
However, the Dredgers do have a lot going for them.
First, they’re easy to maintain.
You just buy a Dduge Pipe, float and diesel, and that’s it.
Second, they have the same design as a floating fuel tank, which means they’re easier to move around the river.
The floating fuel tanks are made out to be more stable and don’t float.
Lastly, because they don’t have to use a generator, they don to have to keep their engines running all the time.
Plus, the floating diesel generators and pumps are much more fuel efficient than the diesel ones, which can run for months.
Finally, a Dredgie can be used for a long time.
“A Dduger Pump can be driven for about 40,000 miles before the fuel runs out, meaning that a Dup is a good long-term option,” according to The Flioner and Dingers website.
And, as with all floating dudges, there’s no warranty.
“It is our hope that our new Dduges will be a safe, efficient, and environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional power generation,” the firm wrote in a press release.
To be sure, there are some drawbacks to floating daugers.
First, they can be expensive to maintain and take a long period of time to operate.
Second, they tend to produce lots of CO2.
And lastly, you’ll need to pay to have them installed.