Standard delivery is 4 to 6 weeks, and, when you need them, all parts are readily available from stock for expedited delivery.
Jim Vaughan invented the first chopper pump back in 1960, after working on local dairymen's pumps in his repair shop and realizing the need to "chop" the solids while pumping. Since then, Vaughan chopper pumps have been successfully applied on dairies where high reliability and low maintenance are demanded. Applications for Vaughan chopper pumps on dairies included:
Over the years, Vaughan has introduced a series of unique pump configurations specialized for the agricultural industry, including vertical wet well, submersible, dry well pumps.
The FP26 Unmanned Floating Platform is designed for lagoon maintenance, dewatering, field irrigation, or sludge removal. Any Vaughan Vertical Wet Well pump can be mounted onto the platform, depending on the requirements. Foam filled polyethylene pontoons are weather and water resistant. Optional controls, hoses, sludge manifolds and winching systems are available.
The Turbo Agitator is a directional mixer for sludge pits, designed to efficiently rotate the contents by pulling settled sludge from the bottom and redirecting flow horizontally, causing a circular rotation within the pit. Available with grease pack bearings or oil bath mechanically sealed bearings.
From treatment plants to hospitals, Vaughan Pumps are the most reliable option to keep the water flowing.
Vaughan Pumps handle both primary and secondary clarifier scum without plugging or air binding. The optional recirculator is available for both the Vertical Wet Well or Submersible pumps for large pits, or pits with long retention times, to allow pre-mixing of the stratified scum prior to pumpout. The oil bath bearing system allows complete pumpdown of the scum on each cycle.
The Vaughan Vertical Recirculator Chopper Pump is the most popular for clarifier scum pits, allowing complete mixing of the pit to put floating solids back into suspension. For total automation, the recirculator valve can be motor operated with timers, allowing the pump to recirculate the pit for a pre-set amount of time prior to pumpout.
Anaerobic digesters are notorious for the formation of scum blankets due to grease, hair and other floatables. The Vaughan Scumbuster® virtually eliminates the effects of a scum blanket and prevents it from reforming by homogenizing and conditioning. This type of mixing allows digesters to regain their design capacity, extends the time between cleanouts and generates more methane gas.
The Scumbuster with a 20 HP, 1750 RPM Explosion Proof motor will handle most digesters up to 80 feet in diameter. Larger diameter digesters, or heavy scum blankets, may require 2 pumps. The model 5300 will fit a 28” minimum diameter manhole, and the 4900R will fit a 24” diameter manhole. The Scumbuster consists of a recirculator nozzle assembly with all gas-tight fittings through a custom deck plate to match the existing manhole, a heat treated impeller and cutter bar, tar based epoxy paint, a zinc anode for cathodic protection, an intrinsically safe oil monitor relay and a neoprene mounting gasket.
Vaughan Pumps effectively mix digester sludge, replacing gas, draft tube, submersible prop, or other pump mixing systems, while increasing digester efficiency by continuously chopping solids without the need for expensive pre-grinders or comminutors. Vaughan's 8"- 12" pumps produce volumes up to 8000 GPM.
Vaughan Chopper Pumps effectively recirculate digester sludge through heat exchangers, increasing digester efficiency while eliminating clogging of the heat exchanger and the need for expensive pre-grinders or comminutors.
Raw incoming solids are chopped and pumped dependably with Vaughan Chopper pumps, replacing standard non-clog pumps and eliminating the need for expensive pre-grinders or comminutors in troublesome sewage applications - especially prisons, hospitals, restaurants and other institutional and public facilities.
Raw concentrated solids from septic tanks create a severe pumping environment for standard sewage pumps. Rags and plastics can clog solids handling type pumps.
Vaughan Chopper Pumps handle up to 18% solids in municipal sludge. The chopping action eliminates roping caused by the wrapping of hair and rags due to pre-rotation of recessed impeller pumps.
Vaughan pumps are so strong and reliable that the number of places they can be used in nearly any application. Here are just a few of the ways customers have used our pumps and systems.
Vaughan Pumps set the standard in strength and reliability. By utilizing the toughest materials available our pumps can be used in virtually any application, no matter how abrasive or demanding.
Suspended solids in chemical production and waste treatment create highly corrosive and abrasive pumping conditions.
Industrial and hazardous waste solids suspended in chemical solutions create the worst environment for any pump. Lagoon cleaning, sludge dewatering and storage tank cleaning all require dependable pumping equipment to handle unknown plastics, glass and metals.
Vaughan pumps are ideally suited for waste handling in all types of food processing, including restaurants, poultry, pork, beef, fish, fruit and vegetable processing.
Rendering operations including:
Vaughan Chopper Pumps are ideally suited for institution and correctional facility pumping stations. The combination of chopping and pumping eliminates plugging on rags, clothing, bedsheets, towels, blankets, plastics and other stringy materials. Vaughan pumps can directly replace existing pumps, eliminating the need for a pre-grinder or comminutor.
Extremely abrasive environments are detrimental to conventional sleeve bearings, packing and lip seals. Vaughan's unique seal-and-bearing design with the patented seal shroud addresses these problems. Heat treatment of wear parts extends pump life, while minimizing maintenance costs.
Paper & Wood Products
Vaughan pumps ability to handle the high solids’ content and the combination of abrasive and corrosive materials in contaminated wastewater make them ideal for the pulp and paper industry.