Contractor (Owensboro, Kentucky)

“We needed to find a more dependable and long-lasting trash rack because the existing steel trash racks at the Alcoa power plant were deteriorating. The HCS trash racks will never rust or corrode or fall prey to marine growth fouling so we don’t have to worry about costly plant shutdowns. We purchased our first HCS trash rack last year and because of its flawless performance, we bought two more.”

​​​Real world experience... That is how we describe Hydro Component Systems.  Founded over 35 years ago, HCS developed a trash rake for use at their own hydroelectric dams.  Operators at these dams have tried all the different types of trash rake systems on the market, from hydraulic drive systems to "grabber" type cable systems and traveling screens.  Each system had its flaws that resulted in significant labor cost, large repair bills and lost generation.  The HCS operators and engineers began developing a completely new trash rake system that would perform dependably in even the most extreme conditions.  They developed the patented electro-mechanical trash rake system and started offering it to other dam operators.  Today, HCS is most dependable manufacturer of trash rake and trash rack systems. They truly do...use what they sell, every day.  

Dave Boyter, Symbiotics
Customer (Rigby, Idaho)

“With the many hydro power plants we manage across the United States, it’s comforting to know that the same trash raker we’re relying on in our hydro power plants, HCS is using as well. If that’s not a guarantee, I don’t know what is. We’re currently talking with HCS about how their trash racks and rakers can help at our other hydro power plants across the  country.”

Dual automatic trash rake machine system on a canal in Florida collecting aquatic weeds at a pump station

Chester Hydroelectric Project  Automatic Trash Rake

Fall River Electric Co-Op

Ashton, Idaho

 Variety of Trash Rake Installations

 An interview: The Philosophy of Hydro Component Systems

What makes us better than the rest...?

Hydro Component Systems not only manufactures and sells their own rash Rake machines, they also use them every day at their own hydroelectric plants. HCS customers benefit from their daily in-field research, hands-on experience and quality control.

​Ideal for use in a variety of environments and industries, HCS trash rakes provides excellent debris removal solutions for your specific water intake need. Their trash rakes are easily adaptable to new or existing intakes.

Offering a manually-controlled or fully automatic system, HCS builds the only, electro-mechanical trash rake available on the market today.  The HCS trash rake can be operated manually at your side or remotely through your SCADA system.  

Simple Installation:

The HCS automatic trash rakes can be installed in one day with your own staff.  The trash rake comes fully assembled.  The rails are installed in your existing deck, then the trash rake is attached and powered up.  HCS staff then come out and commission the rake and train staff on O&M.  

Reliable and Safe Operation:

The HCS trash rake is electro-mechanical rather than hydraulic.  This eliminates the O&M hassles associated with hydraulic drive systems.  This also allows the HCS trash rake to perform flawlessly in both extremely hot or cold temperatures.  The HCS trash rakes are also much faster than hydraulic powered models, increasing rake efficiency. 

All HCS trash rakes are tested prior to shipment under full load conditions. This ensures ease of installation and many years of flawless operation.

Simple O&M:

O&M is as simple as periodically changing gear oil and lubricating moving parts.  Other maintenance activities are simple and can be completed by your staff.  

Additional features of the HCS Trash Rake includes:

  • Can be operated manually at the site or automatically
  • Electro-Mechanical drive eliminates the hassles of hydraulic systems
  • Easily adapted to any water intake system, new or existing
  • Quick cycle time
  • Positive trash rake head engagement
  • No hoses, reservoirs, or exposed cables
  • Simple operation
  • High load capacity
  • Operates in extremely hot or cold environments
  • Easy to maintain
  • Can operate in winds up to 150 mph

​*Electro-mechanical Trash Rake U.S. Patent Nos. 7,815,811 & 9,539,528

Mechanical trash rake machine disposal area with tumbleweeds cleaned from an irrigation district pumping plant

Alameda Creek Diversion Dam and Fish Ladder

San Francisco Public Utility Commission

Sunol, CA

Trash Rake machine collecting debris at HDPE trash racks at a hydroelectric plant

Ringold Pump Station Trash Rake

South Columbia Basin Irrigation District

Pasco, Washington 

Mike Pedersen, Kaukauna Utilities

Customer (Kaukauna, Wisconsin)

“HCS worked hand-in-hand with us to customize the trash rack and raker systems we purchased from them to fit our specific needs. With the great success of our plastic HCS trash rack test and HCS’s outstanding customer service, support and responsiveness, Kaukauna Utilities is now buying two more plastic HCS trash racks for the Kaukauna City Plant. We know HCS will always be there to adapt to our needs.”

San Luis Pump Station Trash Rake

Yuma County Water Users Association

​San Luis, Arizona

Esquatzel Pump Station Trash Rake

South Columbia Basin Irrigation District

Pasco, Washington 

Close up of automatic trash rake system rake head installed at an irrigation district pumping plant
Manual trash rake machine system on a pump station in Florida
Automatic trash Rake machine picking up a mass of aquatic weeds at a hydroelectric intake
Automatic debris rake machine at a fish ladder
Pile of debris collected with automatic trash rake machine from an irrigation canal

Dual Automatic Trash Rake System - Florida

What Do Our Customers Say About Hydro Component Systems Trash Rake?

Trash Rake system picking up tumbleweeds at an irrigation district pumping plant


Automatic trash rake machine, Weed rake, debris rake, trash rake pulling debris off a trash rake
Automatic Trash rake system, Weed rake, debris rake, mechanical trash rake picking up a load of aquatic weeds
Trash rake machine picking up a tire at a pump station intake trash rack
Automatic trash rake system, mechanical trash rake cleaning intake at hydroelectric diversion
Mechanical trash rake machine head fitting into trash racks
Automatic trash rake machine engaged onto trash racks at an irrigation district pumping plant

We have years of experience working around dams, reservoirs, irrigation systems and other water related facilities.  We have searched hard for solutions to control debris at water intakes.  

That is why we partnered with Hydro Component Systems LLC, the most experienced manufacturer of Trash Rakes.  They are the only manufacturer of Trash Rakes that use their trash rakes at their own plants.  They truly do ...use what they sell, every day. 

Trash rake machine cleaning debris at a fish screen at a hydroelectric intake
Manual trash rake machine in Wisconsin cleaning trash racks at a hydroelectric plant
HCS trash rake machine at water intake on Alameda Creek City of San Francisco

An interview with Hydro Component Systems discussing how their trash rakes and trash rakes were developed and used at their own hydro developments.  They really mean it when they say...We use what we sell everyday...

Articulating Debris Rake System  

Watertown, Wisconsin

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