Sludge conveyors move materials with a high water/low solids content. They’re often used between a filter press and a dryer or dryer and dumpster. Applications are found in mining, for handling drilling mud and dewatered grit, hemp oil extraction, and for transporting biosolids in wastewater treatment plants.

A sludge conveyor is more cost-effective than a screw conveyor for these types of material. Energy costs per ton are lower and a complete system will cost less.

Sludge conveyors are also more adaptable than screw conveyors. They can move material up and down inclines and even around corners. They can handle sludge with solids content as low as 10% and materials that would stick to a screw.

West River Conveyors has extensive expertise in engineering belt conveyors for difficult materials and challenging conditions. We design and build sludge conveyors with quality materials and components from leading manufacturers that will exceed your expectations.

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West River Conveyors can engineer a solution for your sludge conveying needs. We will consider the tons per hour required, belt speed, belt width, inclination, and space constraints and develop an appropriate custom conveyor system.

A custom sludge conveyor can be built using the materials, finishes, and components you require. Stainless steel or powder-coated structure, motor, and drives to suit your preferences or standards for voltage, size, and mounting location. When you choose a custom conveyor you get exactly what you need.

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When a new conveyor requires integration with existing equipment making everything work together can be a challenge. West River Conveyors can include accessories like chutes and hoppers that will make this easy.

Accessories can also improve reliability and safety and reduce material spills. Here are some examples of the accessories West River Conveyors can include:

If other accessories would improve productivity, safety, or reliability, or simplify maintenance we will be happy to incorporate them. Call 800.332.2781 to discuss these or any other special requirements.


We offer an extensive range of replacement parts that will help you keep your conveyor system running and prolong its life.

  • Backstops — Various models and bore sizes from brands like Falk, Formsprag, McNally Pittsburg, Marland, and Ringspann.
  • Bearings — Pillow block, taper lock and flange, two or four-bolt design, split or solid-housing styles. From brands like Dodge and SKF in sizes from 2 7/16” to 12 ½”.
  • Conveyor Belts — We can supply Cobra brand conveyor belts in RMA II and various rubber compounds, including high temperature-rated rubber.
  • Couplings — Our range includes fluid, gear, grid, elastomer, flexible disc, and wrapflex couplings from brands like Voith, Falk, Rexnord & Kraftpower.
  • Dust Containment — We offer solutions from Martin Engineering as well as custom-designed tail sections built by West River Conveyors.
  • Gear Boxes — New and used gear boxes and reducers from brands like Falk, Rexnord, Dodge, Philadelphia, Worldwide, Link-Belt, Stamler, and Browning.
  • Loading Sections — We carry standard loading sections from Martin Engineering and Richwood, and custom-designed loading sections built by West River Conveyors.
  • Motors — We use AC motors from Reliance-Baldor-Dodge & Worldwide Electric. Choose from 5-300 horsepower with custom RPM.
  • Pulleys — We can offer new and used pulleys including head, bend, snub, take-up, tail, drum & other formats.
  • Shaft Mount Reducers — Available in a variety of belt widths, horsepower, and voltages.
  • Scrapers — These use Carbide or Urethane blades to scrape material off of the belt. Brands we offer include Martin, Fenner, K Dolan, Flexco, ASGCO, and Richwood.
  • Sheaves — Are common power transmission components at the belt drive. From brands like Baldor, Martin Sprocket, and various others.
  • Reducer Gearing — We carry gearing components in a variety of models and teeth sizes from Dodge, Falk, and Sumitomo.
  • Rollers & Idlers — CEMA, B, C, D, and E Inline, Training, Return & Retro roll idlers offered from PPI.

We offer a quick turnaround on most parts and can advise on what’s right for your equipment. If you don’t see what you need listed, ask if we could obtain it for you.

To expedite delivery of replacement conveyor parts, please provide the following information when placing an order or requesting pricing:

  • Conveyor system model or type
  • Part description
  • Part model number, or part number
  • Part serial number

Call 800.332.2781 or Contact us online if you need replacement parts for your sludge conveyor system.


We’ve been building robust, high-quality belt conveyors for challenging environments since 1981. Our underground and surface conveyors transport aggregate, powders, ores, and other dense, abrasive, and difficult to move materials in places like mines, harbors, and power plants. To learn how we could meet your needs for rugged, durable conveyor systems, chat with us today.

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