Trough Idler Conveyors

Fluent Trough Idler Conveyors Are Specifically Designed To Process Tires, Sand, Gravel, Wood, Agriculture, Glass, Recyclables, Bulk Handling, Aggregate & More!

Lead Time
7 - 9 Weeks (Standard Lead Times)

Trough Idler Conveyor Series Overview

Fluent RC Series of Conveyors are engineered with industry leading 3D CAD software and manufactured with precision (tolerances and standards). This series comes in standard and custom widths and lengths. Standard roller chain conveyor widths include 36″, 48″ 60”, 72″, 84”, 96”, 108” & 120”. Lower Horizontal lengths come in standard sizes of 10 feet, 15 feet 20 feet, 25 feet and 30 feet as well as any custom lower horizontal length to best match project specifications. The incline angles range from 25 degrees to 35 degrees depending on the application, material, baler requirements and building specifications. The standard chain sizes include 3 inch rollers with a 6 or 9 inch pitch, 4 & 5 inch roller with a 9 inch pitch. The frame is made of 3/16″ steel rectangular tubing, 1/4″ steel pan side walls, 1/4” steel rectangular tubing for supports & 25# – 30# rail track for chain support. The RC Series is MIG welded with certified welders and validated with a seamless QA process for overall structural integrity.

The Fluent RC Conveyors are sand blasted prior to paint, connected with grade 8 hardware (resist corrosion and increase strength), assembled and test run for over 10 hours prior to shipping. This series features industry leading components which include: rubber combo belts, apron pan belts, double beaded apron pan, z pan belts, hinged steel belts, motors, flame cut & hardened sprockets, electric oilers, coped angled cleats (2″, 3″, 4″ & 5″), side guards, bottom guards, e-stops, direct shaft mounted drives, cold rolled shafts and more.

This heavy duty series of conveyor is engineered and manufactured for the most extreme applications: wet, dry, high temps, e-waste, OCC, ONP, MSW, single stream, C&D, mining, biofuel, scrap, tire, stover, bagasse and more.

* We offer custom roller chain conveyors to meet the specific requirements for a wide variety of specialized applications (metering conveyors, high impact loading conveyors, reversing conveyors, etc.).

**This series of conveyors is often found feeding shredders, granulators, pulpers, balers, conveyors and sort stations for industry leading manufactures like Vecoplan, SSI, Granu-Tech, Ameri-Shred, Hustler Conveyors, CP Manufacturing, BHS, Harris EquipmentInternational Baler CorporationAmerican Baler, Excel, Marathon, Balemaster, G-Baler, Sierra, IPS and more.

Make The Fluent TI Series Conveyor Your Own

Fluent Conveyors can offer any color required to meet your project specifications. Please let a Fluent Conveyors employee know the RAL number for the paint as well as the paint manufacturer (Sherwin-Williams, PPG, Valspar, Diamond Vogel etc.).

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Fluent Conveyors specs only premium components to complete our equipment and provide a high-quality solution. Fluent Specs Nord Gear Drive units for their quality reputation and exemplary products. Fluent Conveyors can use any specific manufacturer of motors/gearboxes upon request.


Fluent Shafts are made from cold rolled steel rod and turned to the tightest tolerances in the industry. Every shaft is made custom to fit your specific conveyor.


Fluent Conveyors uses bearings that boast cast iron housing, wide inner races providing for larger load capacity than standard duty, B type seals for smooth function and protection against the elements, and the bearings are sized to greatly exceed L10 life hours for the machine load.


Fluent Conveyors uses abrasive applications with high shock loading. The inherent strength and flame hardened teeth of these sprockets provide maximum service in the most severe environments. The versatility of flame cut sprockets allows for specialized designs for a variety of customer requirements.

Fluent Delivered A 100% Custom Conveyor On Time & Flawless Heavy Duty Fabrication

What Customers Are Saying

"In 2019 our manufacturing wood processing facility hit a max processing capacity. We searched around and talked to other conveyor manufacturer companies and was referred to Fluent Conveyors. We had a concept design of a conveyor take would stack piles for cut wood being fed from our trommel screen into numerous  30 foot high piles in a 360 degree radius. Once we contact Fluent Conveyors we knew we found the correct conveyor supplier to help us. Withing 2 weeks we had our fully customized trough pivot conveyor engineered and on order. It has been over a year and our facility has maximized the volume of this system and it has allowed us to grow our bottom line with a 100% increase in our production and a decrease in employee wages. Thank you Fluent Conveyors for taking the time to go on this journey and creating a complete conveyor system for only our application."

-Austin & Jake, San Antonio, TX

Made To Order Replacement Trough Idler Conveyor Belts

Fluent Conveyors offers 6 inch pitch and 9 inch pitch roller chain belts for our heavy duty roller chain model. Core belt offerings include 220 ply and 330 ply rubber combination belts with c-channel backing, 1/4" thick hinged steel pans with optional c-channel, double beaded apron pans and z pan steel belt conveyors. 

All belts offer a wide variety of coped cleats, carburized & hardened bushings, chain thickness, pan thickness, cleat spacing, hardened sintered steel rollers, 3" & 4" interlocking side wings and much more to meet a wide variety of recycling & waste processing applications. 

**Fluent Conveyors offers 100's of custom belt combitions and options. Please contact our sales team for specific requests

The Blue Collar, American Made Infeed Conveyors

Getting Down & Dirty Pit Roller Chain Conveyor

Your instincts are right... You’re looking at the most robust series of conveyors we offer. Top-of-the-line engineering created with the industry’s highest manufacturing tolerances, our advanced RC Series delivers exactly what the market requires.

The Fluent Roller Chain Series is made to play in the big leagues. Fluent Conveyor’s Pit Infeed Roller Chain Belt Conveyors are found in robust applications and best utilized for new and existing pits. 

This model delivers exactly what the market requires for high volume rigid and abrasive material as well as high-temperature and other extreme applications. All designs are made to order and customizable. This model requires 3/8-inch-thick or 1⁄2 -inch-thick pit plates and material is typically fed onto the conveyor with a skid steer, bobcat, front-end loader etc. Only the best machinery, transforming your systems and business.

Long Distance, High Torque

Transfer Roller Chain Belt Conveyor

The Transfer Roller Chain Conveyor ensures smooth operations. It is made to last with easy maintenance, ensuring your system is never lagging.

Fluent Conveyor’s Above Ground Transfer Roller Chain Belt Conveyors are found in robust applications and best utilized to transfer bulk materials spanning long distances and different elevations. This model delivers exactly what the market requires for high volume rigid and abrasive material as well as high-temperature and other extreme applications.

Our conveyors are extremely durable and built for high-performance that stands the test of time. All designs are made to order and customizable. This model is available in inclined, flat, L and S shapes to fit all types of applications. This model primarily used to transfer material from a “feed” conveyor or piece of equipment to another conveyor or piece of equipment.

Uniquely designed to transform your systems into one sleek, seamless operation.

The King of Efficiency & Strength

This series of conveyors is the most robust series of conveyors we offer. This model delivers exactly what the market requires for high volume rigid and abrasive material as well as high-temperature and other extreme applications. All designs are made to order and customizable. You will always get the perfect machinery for your unique needs.



Key Features On The Fluent Trough Idler Conveyor Series
Head Bearings

Head Pulleys

Tail Bearings

Tail Pulleys

Sealed Side Skirting

Sealed Side Skirting

Lifting Lugs

Lifting Lugs

Fish Plates

Fish Plates

Return Idlers

Return Idlers

Feed Hoppers

Feed Hoppers

Belt Wipers & Brushes

Belt Wipers & Brushes

Inset Idlers

Inset Idlers

Take Up Adjustments

Take Up Adjustments

Heavy Duty Frame

Heavy Duty Frame

Nose Over Options

Nose Over Options

CEMA Rated Idlers

CEMA Rated Idlers

Winged Tail Pulleys

Winged Tail PulleysWinged Tail Pulleys

Detailed & Customized Mechanical Engineering


Fluent Conveyors Roller Chain Series Conveyors are designed with cutting edge software to be ahead of the curve. Giving you an edge above the rest. All machinery is validated using premium 3D CAD software and manufactured to industry leading tolerances and standards. After completion of a design, the engineering team releases to quality assurance, allowing secondary engineers to validate critical dimensions, calculations and manufacturability. After initial and secondary engineering approvals, projects are released to purchasing and the manufacturing facility by the lead manufacturing engineer. Our experts only approve the highest caliber work to ensure you’re working with nothing but the best.


Fluent Conveyors Roller Chain Series conveyors are made in innovative facilities to equip you to level up your business. With all the industry leading equipment and processes, Fluent Conveyors production team has over 100 years of combined experience paired with a facility of more than 85,000 square feet. The core facility has a paint booth, 40,000 square feet of dedicated assembly, 6 – welding stations, CNC fabrication equipment, 10 – overhead cranes and more. Parts are cut/machined on CNC Routed machines and bent on CNC Brakes for the best in industry tolerances. Every weld is tacked and re-measured for accuracy then completed by the staff of certified welders. Once manufactured, every conveyor passes through a 3-step finishing process starting with sandblasting and ending with high grade paint. Ensuring you’re working with smart, flawless machinery.


All conveyors are delivered to you ready for work. Assembled and released to a detailed quality assurance checklist to make sure your machinery can hit the ground running. This includes key validations such as; weld examination, sub-assembly QC, 10 hours of tested run time, head shaft height validation, frame levelness, frame width validation, overall height/length, belt speed, belt tracking, belt and conveyor alignment, electrical requirements, incline and nose over angle verification and all other major specifications. Making sure your machinery is set up for long term success.


We ship the smartest way possible, to make your job easy. Fluent Conveyors Product shipments are carefully planned in CAD software to be loaded in an organized, space saving, and safe manner ensuring that all products arrive on-site the same as when they left our facility. Loose items are boxed and marked, assembled parts and components tightened to endure the rigors of freight and shipping. We’re here to make sure every step of the process is seamless.

Spare Conveyor Belts & Conveyor Parts

As well as producing bespoke conveyor systems, we also supply custom replacement belts and parts to ensure no client sees their assembly line stay offline for an extended period of time. From replacement motors to sprockets, everything is covered if a client comes across a failing element of their conveyor system.

Sadly, it’s inevitable your clients will face some type of issue with their conveyor system at some point. Even with Fluent Conveyors’ best equipment in place, conveyors are going to suffer from wear and tear due to their demanding nature. However, being able to offer a solution at any time will be appreciated by your clients.

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Rubber and PVC 1 ply, 2 ply, 3 ply, 4 ply smooth top belts with more then 5...
Cold rolled, mild steel that is keyed, turned down and machined to match th...
Trough Idlers are offered in CEMA rated & mine duty with optional self alig...
High efficiency, shaft mounted drives offered in right angle,  helical, par...
Pulleys are offered in CEMA duty, mine duty & super duty with multiple bush...
Medium duty, cast iron housed pillow block bearings, 4 bolt flange bearings...
Discover How We Can Help Improve Your Conveyor Operations

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Our Process Is Typically Very Lean & Detailed! We Prefer Not To Waste Our Customers Time! Engineering Time & Revisions Takes A Considerable Amount of Time For Both Customers & Our Engineering Team.

Please Contact Us If the Trough Idler Conveyor Specifications Match What You Need & You Are Comfortable With:

  • Price Can Range From $20,000 - $100,000+ Per Conveyor
  • Lead Time of 8 – 10 Weeks (From Down Payment & Signed Approval Drawings)
  • Pre-Payment on Engineering Time if The Project is Complex
  • 50% Down-Payment, 40% 2 Weeks Prior To Ship, 10% Net 30 Upon Install

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is a trough conveyor?

    A trough conveyor is a robust conveyor solution that is designed to excel in dirty, dusty, abrasive bulk material handling situations.  These conveyors are made from a frame that supports trough idlers at intervals that are typically around 4’ (outside of high impact areas).  Trough idlers are sets of rollers that are laid out such that they shape the belt into a V. This is to keep material contained on the belt and reduce contact between the belt and the surface that it rides on (increasing belt life and decreasing friction)

    Trough idler conveyors can be run from slow speeds to very high speeds due to the low friction of their design.  They can be run at 20 degrees, 35 degrees, and 45 degrees. Troughs as well as flat rollers depending on what is best suited for the application.  Trough idler conveyors can be used for horizontal, inclined and declined conveyance as well as a combination of the above in one conveyor.

    Trough idler conveyors can be made with many options.  Belt options include belt sidewalls, cleated belts, chevron pattern belts, rough top belts and many more.  Safety options include safety covers, halo systems, e-stops, pull cords, halo systems, motor brakes and more.  Other options include impact beds, belt scrapers, cleaning brushes, photo eyes, material sensors, moisture sensors, IR sensors, metal detectors, weigh scale idlers and more.

  • How do idlers work on this conveyor?

    The idlers are free spinning rollers that are spaced out as necessary depending on the loading condition.  These idlers are used to support and shape the belt as desired while reducing friction when compared to a slider bed conveyor.  Idler conveyors are recommended in dirty, dusty, highly abrasive situations because the belt does not slide (it rides on the rolling surfaces) reducing wear.

  • I have a Trough conveyor application and I need design help?

    Contact our sales team.  In the beginning of this process we will strive to fully understand your needs and constraints.  Then Fluent Conveyors will provide you with a general design layout and a pricing quote. 

    If you choose to purchase from Fluent Conveyors, we will provide detailed drawings of the conveyors and ensure our design matches for requirements.  At this point fluent will build the conveyors and provide you with detailed layout and install drawings. It is possible to purchase the manufacturing drawings from fluent conveyors if you would prefer to manufacture the conveyors yourself.

  • Can I add an impact bed on this conveyor?

    Fluent conveyors offer various types and sizes of impact beds for both our flat idler and trough idler conveyors.  Please contact our sales team and we can ensure we are providing the correct options to fit your current and future needs.

  • Does Fluent Conveyors supply mining conveyors?

    Fluent Conveyors does not manufacture mining conveyors; however, we have a partner that does.  Please contact our sales team and we can get you connected to one of the leading manufacturers in the industry.