Flood Control Equipment in Drainage Management
Vegetation encroachment issues are central to any flood control program and inexpensive, low-impact treatment is key to success. Slashbuster® attachments on long reach excavators are providing flood control disticts all over the U.S. with a new flood control equipment solution that saves money, property and lives.
"...a marvelous piece of equipment
which is aiding tremendously in our
flood abatement program."
Alabama's mayor Bernard Kincaid in
his January 2002 state of the city
Flooding events are magnified when dense
vegetation slows the water flow . To remedy this,
the operator simply shreds trees and
vegetation as they stand, then rakes
the resultant debris high above water
level to prevent it from entering
the channel. Soil and seed bed disturbance
is minimized by walking the equipment
over wooden pads as seen in the second
image, and the root systems of mulched
trees remain in place to stabilize
the drainage bank.
"SLASHBUSTER"® HD 422 mounted on a fifty-foot long
Historically, flood control projects would
bulldoze encroaching vegetation to while a dragline
scraped the remaining debris from
the channel and its banks. While this
control method was efficient, its
side effect was bank destabilization, increase in sediment
load to the waterway and an obliteration
of vegetation cover. Because of these
concerns, new flood control equipment
was sought and the "SLASHBUSTER"® was found.
Integration with Marsh Buggy Carriages for Amphibious use
Maintaining vegetation along drainages can be difficult with a standard excavator, several companies manufacture aftermarket "marsh buggy" undercarriages that float on sealed pontoons for use in swampy areas, work on otherwise unreachable canal vegetation - or on dry land just like a regular excavator.
|Before: "SLASHBUSTER"® XL480S mounted on Deere 85G mini excavator
||After: Same excavator and brush cutter, now with marsh buggy undercarriage and powerpack installation,for amphibious operation
Pictures above and video below courtesy of Wetland Equipment Company, Inc. Watch an Amphibious Excavator in operation with a "SLASHBUSTER"® brush cutter :
Rehabilitating Municipal Drainage Systems:
before and after picture shows
a neglected residential drainage
system cleared and dredged using
one man and one machine; the "SLASHBUSTER"®
480S. This model features
a hydraulically operated rotating
shroud that allows maximum control
of mulched debris.
Watch a video of the XL480S raking and removing debris from a drainage system with its integrated material handler. This application is also a good example of how our optional tilt mount allows the operator to match existing slopes and contours.
city engineers needed a new drainage
through a previously unutilized right-of-way.
The XL480S (mounted on a small twelve
ton excavator) cleared the vegetation
and dug out this new drainage channel
to spec in just a few hours.