One of Hydra-Tech Pumps' customers is Degen Excavating Company in Lima, Ohio. They cover a ten county area in Northwest Ohio and offer site development, demolition, underground utilities (water and sewer services), hydro-excavating and hydro-blasting services. Founded in 1958, Degen Excavating Company is a second generation, family owned company.
At the 2016 WWETT Show in Indianapolis, we had the pleasure of meeting Justin Weyer, the Project Manager for Degen’s Hydro-Excavation & Sewer Line Jetting Division. While at the show investigating pumps as well as other products, Justin stopped by our booth and after some questions and discussion took advantage of a show special and bought an S4T-2. Fast forward 3 years and we took a call from Justin about a new application. As we talked, Justin had some nice things to say about our pump, so we asked if he would be willing to provide a testimonial for us. He was happy to oblige and provided the following:
“There was one particular evening we had to stay late to fix a 10” city water valve that was leaking in a valve pit. This water line fed water to two separate petro-chemical facilities. The water this line provided, was used for process, cooling, drinking and fire water feeds for both facilities. It was paramount that it was fixed as soon as possible. With the temporary shutdown in place, we began the process of shutting the line completely down and draining the line. There was a very large volume of water that had to be drained due to the location of the valves. While draining this water, #57 stone began to pour in through a hole in the valve pit wall. During this dewatering, we were entirely unaware that the Hydra Tech S4T-2 pump was handling all of the stone as well as the water. When we finally had everything repaired and we were putting away tools and equipment we found a large pile of #57 stone in the road where the pump had been discharging. We were quite surprised at the amount of material that had went through the pump, all while keeping the water low enough to complete our work. It took a loader to remove the pile of stone from the road way. We later put the stone back where it came from. Without this pump that job would have taken twice as long and been twice as hard to accomplish. Thanks again Hydra-Tech.”
No, thank you Justin and Degen Excavating for being a customer and for your kind words. We are thrilled to know that our pump faced an unexpected challenge with the influx of #57 stone into the pit and continued to perform. Although we don’t encourage or recommend intentionally pumping rocks, we know it happens in the kinds of applications where our pumps are used.
If you would like to learn more about Degen Excavating Company check out their website
or give them a call at 419-225-6871.