Cutter heads in short

In general, a cutter head consists of various parts: a back ring; hub; blades; and specific cutting elements. The cutter is usually equipped with five or six blades that connect the hub with the ring. This must be able to rotate freely with respect to the suction mouth. The shape and the dimensions are based on, among other factors, the power and the speed of the cutter drive, the suction tube diameter and the tooth system to be applied. However, the type of soil is the decisive factor.

The better the cutter head performs the more productive the cutter suction dredger will be. Therefore, we have been developing cutter heads for decades, based on its practical experience with numerous types of soils and dredging vessels. Our cutter technology is driven by our fundamental knowledge of excavation, slurry creation and wear resistance, aided by 3D solid modelling and powerful computer analysis. The combination of these factors is the unique basis for offering you the best cutter heads in the world.

Why choose our cutter heads?

  • full range available for any size and type of cutter dredger and soil type
  • cutter heads and teeth available from stock
  • life long supply and commitment by IHC Dredging
  • custom-built and retrofit cutter heads.

Full range available

We have a full range of cutter heads available ranging from the smallest Edge cutter heads for soft soils to the largest CurveTooth cutter heads to be used with rock applications. Whether you have a small project in inland waterways to dredge soft soils or a dredging project where hard rock needs to be removed we will have a specialised cutter available.

  • Edge cutter heads for soft soil, silt and loose sand
  • Lancelot cutter heads for loose sand
  • Sand & clay cutter heads for loose and packed sand, clay and gravel
  • Multi-purpose cutter heads for packed sand, clay, gravel and weak rock
  • Rock cutter heads for applications ranging from weak to strong rock cutting applications, furnished with IHC’s new patented CurveTooth system
  • Special cutter heads, custom built for any specific and demanding application

New cutter head for most demanding operations 

We have extended our cutter head portfolio with the CurveTooth cutter head. This cutter head is capable of handling the most toughest and hardest soils.

CurveTooth: new standard in the market
The results of a long lasting scientific research for maximising the performance of a cutter head combined with the best practices from the field. This combination resulted in a long list of the most sought-after features for a state-of-the-art cutter head and makes the CurveTooth cutter head the new standard in the market.

Download our brochure about the CurveTooth cutter head

CurveTooth cutter head

Cutter heads and teeth available from stock

We keep a wide range of cutter heads and accompanying teeth or cutting elements on stock. As a result, you do not have to worry about the logistics of wearing parts and can fully concentrate on your dredging project.

Cutter head Edge
Cutter head Edge

Lifelong support

We have been delivering cutter heads for many decades. To support our customers, we still deliver cutter heads for cutter suction dredgers built almost half a century ago! And we will continue to do so.

Flow in cutter head

Custom-built and retrofit cutter heads

In addition to our broad range of standard cutter types and sizes, there is always the possibility of a fully or partly custom-made cutter head. In case of very specific needs, either by application or for a specific dredger, a custom-built cutter head could be the best option. Furthermore, we also offer retrofit options.  

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Lancelot cutter head

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