We offer the industry’s most complete line of bar screens and trash rakes, including the rugged Gator Rake bar screen and the proven Landy trash rake.

Bar Screens and trash rakes are a critical part of your first line of defense for a raw water intake system, so understanding your unique demands is paramount in selecting the right design. Our solutions quickly and effectively remove grass, trash and debris from the bar racks – preventing blockages and differential head loss.

As the largest full-service water intake system manufacturer in North America, we offer the industry’s most comprehensive engineering, manufacturing, installation and service capabilities. We design and build our bar screens and trash rakes in the USA.

Typical applications:

  • Power Generation
  • Storm Water Management
  • Drinking-Water Treatment Plants
  • Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Industrial Raw Water Feed
  • Pump Stations

– Gator Rake shown above. Download the Gator Rake brochure


GATOR RAKE bar screens are purpose-built from the ground up to provide you with the confidence to efficiently remove debris under the toughest loading conditions.

Designed to fit into canals or water intake openings, GATOR RAKE bar screens utilize stainless steel and carbon steel for construction. The non-metallic teeth incorporated in GATOR RAKE systems prevent wear on both the rake arm and screen bars to extend the life of key components. In addition, our bolt-on design ensures quick and easy maintenance of the rake teeth.

GATOR RAKE bar screens feature torque tube head shaft assemblies that provide strength and stability to engage the carrier chain with positive locking fabricated sprockets to ensure uniform lifting even under high loading periods. Wiper bars are attached to the carrier chain.

Electric motors and speed reducers are sized for the application and are rated for heavy-duty use and will stand up to any weather conditions.

Gator Rake HD

GATOR RAKE HD (heavy duty) offers heavier gauge steel frames, chains and larger drive motors.

Material Handling

GATOR RAKE bar screens can be designed with conveyors and compactors to efficiently collect and remove debris.

Remote Operations

The control package is equipped to meet your installation’s run criteria. Ultrasonic differential level indicators, automatic timers and a local manual override provide you with many options for rake operation, which is important when stations are unmanned.

Gator Rake Video


The Intake - Gator Rake Bar Screen Podcast


Host Daniel J. Litwin breaks down Atlas-SSI’s new GATOR RAKE bar screen with Bill Woodsworth, division manager, and Rodney Brown, regional sales manager.

With the unpredictability and increasing frequency of extreme weather events, the raw water industry is looking for a better solution than what was previously provided to clear waterways. The grim reality is these events put a strain on and exceed the design capacity of the treatment facilities. This means in urban environments, stormwater pollution, flooding, and sewer overflows will occur. For rural environments, it creates source runoff, which damages water quality and harms wildlife.

Atlas SSI’s designed the GATOR RAKE as a solution that’s more automated and can handle heavy loads.

Brown explained, “We engineered our equipment to carry a much heavier load and start under a heavier burden than what was typically found in the industry.”

“We really felt there was a void in the marketplace for this heavy-duty design and feel like it will fulfill the need that’s requested by our customers,” Woodsworth added.

What makes GATOR RAKE stand out from the rest? There are quite a few differentiators: 

  • Heavy-duty equipment to handle severe weather and large debris
  • High horsepower motors
  • Easily replaceable parts
  • Remote machine operation
  • Customizable automation capabilities, like a conveyer to dispose of the debris
  • Inspection and maintenance schedule to increase longevity

Regarding why they coined the word ‘gator’ for the rake, Woodsworth said of alligators, “It’s very tough, adaptive and resilient. We like to think our rake will act in the same way and handle anything thrown at it.”

Whether a new construction build or existing sites, Atlas-SSI custom manufactures its GATOR RAKE to fit the customer’s needs. 

AUTHOR: Daniel J. Litwin

CONTRIBUTOR: Bill Woodsworth, division manager, and Rodney Brown, regional sales manager

Landy Rake

– Landy Rake shown above. Download the Landy Rake brochure


The Landy trash rake boasts one of the largest installation bases in the industry, with over 800 sites worldwide.

Cleaning efficiency is at the heart of the Atlas-SSI Landy trash rake design. The tines of the grab are constructed to fall between the bars of a screen during operation. As the grab descends to the bottom, it removes debris from the bars then closes hydraulically and hoists the debris up. The grab then runs along an overhead monorail track to a debris dump area. The overhead track system provides design flexibility to meet challenging and site-specific requirements.

Atlas-SSI Landy trash rakes are custom engineered for each project and the components are available in coated carbon steel, hot-dipped galvanized, and 304 or 316 stainless steel.


  • Effectively removes debris and large obstacles (trees, roots, tires, mattresses)
  • Screen cleans from the top to the bottom to maximize debris removal
  • Carries debris directly to a dumpster – no conveyors are required
  • No submerged parts results in simplified maintenance
  • Operation in manual or fully automated PLC modes
  • Ideal for new or retrofit installations
  • Monorail track can be equipped with curves for site-specific requirements
  • Small system footprint