Specialists was founded in 1974 by Don Searles the present owner. Through his daily
hands-on involvement, Mr. Searles has been able to identify and solve many difficult
dredging problems. He is the inventor of the Piranha Diver Cutterhead, The Bird Nest
Eliminator and a revolutionary Drag Scraper Dredging System.
Mr. Searles is also a dredging consultant,
dredging expert witness, fluid power [hydraulic systems] consultant and
fluid power [hydraulic systems] expert witness. To see Mr. Searles'
Berle Hartman - Chief Engineer since 1978. He has designed seven uniquely
different hydraulic dredges including the dredge pumps, cutterheads, hulls and ladders. He
did the engineering work on the Piranha Diver Cutterhead and the Drag Sraper Dredging
System. Prior employment includes Caterpillar, Blaw Knox [Worlds largest manufacturer of
asphalt pavers], Oliver Corp. and Taylor Pipe and Forge. While at Taylor Pipe and Forge,
he designed the equipment and supervised the making of the first ever titanium pipe
fittings, which were used on the worlds first nuclear powered submarine.
Ed Maynard - Dredging Superintendent since 1978. He has
completed over 100 dredging projects in 19 states. He has been involved in all areas of
building hydraulic dredges, the Piranha Diver Cutterhead and the Dredging Specialists
exclusive Drag Scraper Dredging System.
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