RF600LW Self-cleaning Eel Screen & Intake Strainer

From £6,110.00 GBP

The RF600LW self-cleaning Eel Screening intake strainers provide industrial strength, low maintenance filtration for surface mounted pumps. They are coarse screened filters fitted with 1 mm - 6 mm stainless steel mesh screens. When fitted with 2 mm mesh they are an ideal Eel screen.

The RF600LWs are extremely tough stainless steel self-cleaning basket filters that protect pumps and other connected equipment from blocking and blinding when pumping dirty water.

Our award-winning self-cleaning mechanism in the filters provides a continuous backwash keeping the filter mesh free of weed, debris and other suspended solids, and their low intake velocity protects elvers, and other aquatic wildlife. Eel Screens are EA Eel Regulation compliant.

The RF600LWs can handle 160m3 to 730 m3 per hour.

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Key Features

  • 316 Stainless steel filter mesh
  • Filters from 1mm to 6mm
  • Reliable and easy to install and use
  • Works with most centrifugal and progressive cavity pumps
  • 730 cubic metres per hour maximum flow
  • 365 cubic metres per hour maximum flow @ 0.1 metres / sec
  • Capital, installation and maintenance costs reduced
  • All stainless steel construction
  • Option for marine grade Stainless Steel.

RF600LW Self-cleaning Eel Screen


RF600LW Self-cleaning Eel Screen & Intake Strainer

Rotorflush RF600LW Self-cleaning Eel Screen Intake Strainers have been specifically designed to meet regulations for the Protection of European Eels. Anyone pumping more than 20 m3 of water per day from rivers, lakes and reservoirs must ensure that measures are in place to protect eels and elvers. Our Eel Screens are designed for use on the suction hose of surface mounted pumps. They can also be used as gravity fed intakes as long as a pump is used to supply the backwash.

RF600LW Self-cleaning Eel Screen - how it works


The RF600LW Self-cleaning Eel Screen Intake Strainers can deliver a maximum of 160 m3/ hour – 730 m3 / hour through tensioned woven Stainless Steel mesh. The maximum flow rates for RF600LW screens for elvers and glass eel protection range from 81 m3 / hour – 366 m3.  This is so that the intake velocity of the water does not exceed 0.1 metres a second.

The RF600LW range of Eel screens can be fitted with 1 mm or 2 mm woven 316 Stainless Steel filter mesh with a 60% open area. The mesh is under tension and forms the body of the screen, maximising the mesh area.

Rotorflush self-cleaning eel screens use a proportion of your pump’s output to supply a feed to an internal backwashing rotor. The self-cleaning mechanism is powered by taking a ‘T’ off the already filtered pump output to supply the Rotorflush internal rotors. The cleaning rotors continuously backwash the mesh screen pushing away anything that might cause it to block.

Our self-cleaning Eel Screens can also be gravity fed but will then need a small backwash pump to provide a water supply to the backwash jets.

All our filters and strainers use the same patented technology, providing an efficient self-cleaning backwash to keep their filter mesh clear and to protect aquatic life.

Models & Specification

RF600LW Self-cleaning Intake Strainer – General

There are eight models of RF600LW self-cleaning eel screens & intake strainers offering a broad range of capacities

Flow Rates and Capacities

 Rotorflush ModelFilter screen Area cm2Maximum Flow Rate m3/hr (net of backwash)Eel Regulations
Flow rate (net of backwash)
m3/hr @ 0.1 m sec*
Backwash Flow Rate m3/hrBackwash PressureMesh: 1 mm – 6 mm, min % Open Area
RF600-200LW3,7701608190.4 bar60
RF600-300LW5,65524012213.50.4 bar60
RF600-400LW7,540320162180.4 bar60
RF600-500LW9,42540020322.50.4 bar60
RF600-600LW11,310490244270.4 bar60
RF600-700LW13,19557028531.50.4 bar60
RF600-800LW15,080650325360.4 bar60
RF600-900LW16,96573036640.50.4 bar60

*Approach velocity recommended for EPA 316(b) and Regulations for the Protection of European Eels

RF600-600LW Self-cleaning Eel Screen for Raw Water Intake

Rotorflush filters can customise these filters. Mesh types and outlet flange sizes can be varied to suit particular applications. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

RF600LW Self-cleaning Intake Strainer – Dimensions

ModelH1 Total Height mmH2 Mesh Height mmD1 Total Diameter mmD2 Mesh Diameter mmD3 Flange Diameter mmApprox Weight kgs

RF600LW Eels Screens Installation RSPB
‘Old Skool’ RF600LW Installation

RF600 Self-cleaning Intake Strainer – Construction

 RF600 Strainer cutout showing rotor

Filter ComponentConstruction
2 mm aperture filter mesh316 Stainless Steel or Phosphor Bronze
Filter uprights304 or 316 Stainless Steel
Filter top and bottom plate304 or 316 Stainless Steel
Top and bottom plate bolts & fastenings304 or 316 (A2 or A4)  Stainless Steel
Tensioning nuts, M20 x 6, 15 mm thickPhosphor Bronze PB 102
Cleaning rotor304 or 316 Stainless Steel
Cleaning jet restrictorsABS
Rotor bearingsAcetal
Top and bottom rotor bearings304 or 316 Stainless Steel
Rubber jetsNatural Rubber
Rubber jet clips304 or 316 Stainless Steel
Lifting eyes304 or 316 Stainless Steel
Top flange304 or 316 Stainless Steel, standard is DN 200 PN 16, other sizes may be fitted
Backwash connection316 Stainless Steel, 3” BSP
Tensioning assembliesHi-tensile steel, Delta Tone 9000® inorganic, non – electrolytically applied micro layer zinc – Lamella flake coating

Note: 316 Marine grade Stainless Steel is an option for all RF600LW filters

Please Note: Our filters are designed for use in dirty water or liquids with a viscosity close to that of water. Our filters and filterpumps are NOT suitable for use in raw sewage or any other dirty water which contains oils or fat.


Rotorflush RF600LW Self-cleaning Intake Strainer – up to 202 litres per second
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Please state filter mesh size:

1 mm – 6 mm woven Stainless Steel mesh is available

Standard fittings are 8″  PN 16 outlet, and 3″ inch BSP inlet to the backwash.

Other flange sizes can be fitted

These filters can be manufactured using 316 Stainless Steel for marine use, please enquire.

Please note:

Delivery is by carrier and is usually between 5 and 7 weeks from order depending on product and availability.

Carriage and packing charges are extra.

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