Power Equipment Australasia

AGRICULTURE Australian Pump is well-known for its range of fire-fighting pumps, high-pressure water blasters and trash pumps. The company is also very big on weed eradication. “We build a range of Honda engine-powered, high-pressure spraying equipment that’s ideal for weed control particularly in difficult terrains,” informed Aussie’s Chief Engineer John Hales. Based around Udor’s line of diaphragm spray pumps, the product extends from 40 bar, 44 litre per minute models right up to 50 bar, 153 lpm machines. The company claims that with those combinations of pressure and flow, the machines can be used for a wider range of farm duties. This includes spot spraying, sheep jetting, high-pressure water transfer and even misting and firefighting. “Some people even use them for machine wash down and livestock clean up,” Mr Hales said. The Aussie models are all incorporated in handy stainless steel frames that enable them to be easily handled and matched to Ute-mounted tanks. The Kappa 43, Delta 75 (75 litre job) and Delta’s 125 (125 lpm) models are fitted with three-way outlets with pressure gauge and integrated bypass. The biggest one in the range is the Delta 151, which comes with a two-way outlet, gauge and bypass. These machines are ideal for controlling lantana, tobacco weed or other nocuous plants that can be both unproductive and even dangerous to livestock. The biggest seller, the company informs, is the Kappa 43 with its 44 lpm and 40 bar (580 psi) performance. “It’s so versatile and can be used for a wide range of applications. All Aussie’s Udor spray pumps are self-priming and feature stainless steel check valves and have large capacity oil bath crank cases with drain plugs for ease of maintenance,” Mr Hales explained. “That’s a big feature because they know these machines are going to be out in the sun, sometimes working for long hours.” The company claims that they are compatible with most Ag fluids including liquid fertilisers, pesticides, weedicides, and similar common farm liquids. “The big fellas – 125 and 150 per litre models - are often used in chicken shed wash down, a big application for this type of equipment,” he said. With the Honda versions, the Kappa 43 is normally produced as a recoil start but the bigger machines all come with Honda’s GX390 13hp electric start, industrial petrol engines. A range of guns, hose assemblies and similar equipment are available to suit the products offered. Further information on the Deluxe range with stainless steel frame is available from Aussie Pump dealers around Australia. Aussie’s War on Weeds 26 | POWER EQUIPMENT AUSTRALASIA | JULY - AUGUST 2023