Earthmovers know there is nothing dirtier than moving earth. After shifting tonnes of spoil from A to B, there still seems to be even more mud to be washed off the machinery!
Caked on clay can prevent an operator noticing serious issues, like leaking hydraulics or blown seals. Not only is cleaning critical for plant maintenance, but operators feel pride in a well-kept machine.
AUSSIE UNDERSTANDS EARTHMOVING
Earthmovers know that after a long day on the job, the last thing they want is to waste hours in a wash bay.
“There are pressure cleaners available that are simply not up to the task of cleaning earthmoving equipment,” said Aussie Pumps Chief Engineer John Hales.
“A pressure cleaner purchased from a tool shop, hardware barn or even a mower shop, may be adequate for DIY projects at home. For efficient earthmoving washdown, professional pressure cleaners are essential,’ said Hales.
DESIGNED FOR EARTHMOVERS
Aussie’s Scud series of cold water pressure cleaners were developed following in-field experience with earthmovers. Their aim is to reduce the time operators spend washing their equipment.
When Aussie introduced the Scud 5 years ago it took the market by storm. Elegant in design, functional, easy to push around and extremely powerful, the Scuds are ideal for big plant washdown. It boasts a fully welded stainless steel frame (no bolt togethers for Aussie), and the world’s best high pressure piston pump, a “Big Berty” Bertolini. The machine is ready to work. Models come in a range of 3 configurations targeting large equipment washdown.
All powered by Honda 13hp engines, available in either recoil or electric start, the Scuds are gearbox driven. That means no belts and pulleys to wear, stretch or fray, and of course the machines are slow speed. The engine runs at 3,200 rpm but, by the time it’s got through the reduction box to the pump, the pump is only running at 1,450 rpm. Those big pumps, with huge, finned crank cases run cooler and provide long trouble-free life, for decades.
SAFE AND FAST
All machines come with “Aussie’s Safety Protection” kit which includes a safety valve that will blow off in the event of a pressure spike. A thermal dump valve is also fitted as standard equipment. This is to protect the pump from overheating if left on excessive bypass.
High pressure guns, long lances, and even stainless steel reels with 30 metres of high pressure hose are all part of the package of accessories available to operators.
The additional 30m hose gives the operator a whopping 60m reach, so there’s no need to keep moving the cleaner as you work.
“That saves even more time,” said Hales.
3 SCUD OPTIONS
The Aussie Scud range offers three options for pressure / flow combinations.
- For extremely dirty applications, Aussie reckon their Scud 351 is the go. With a flow of 21 litres per minute, matched to 2,600 psi pressure performance, the machine will make light work of grime and clay. The Scud comes standard with detergent injection as part of the kit. A 5,000 psi rated gun with a stainless steel double lance enables high pressure / low pressure modulation, and the activation of the detergent system. Using Aussie’s heavy duty Turbo Master turbo lance means the blaster has an effective working pressure (EWP) of 4,000 psi.
- Second in the line-up is the Scud 350. This machine produces 3,000 psi at 15lpm, with the same great engine, and same gearbox driven heavy duty “Big Berty” pump brand. Matched with a Turbo-Master, it has an effective working pressure (EWP) of 4,785 psi.
- The third option is Aussie’s Scud 400. It’s found in every Kennard’s Hire branch around the country. The diesel version is standard in Coates rental fleet as well. It’s a tried and true winner. With 4,000 psi and 15 lpm the unit has the extra grunt, and flow to clean big plant fast. Add a turbo lance and the Scud 400 delivers an amazing EWP of 6,485 psi. All machines are available with detergent injection as standard equipment, and all the safety gear you would ever want.
CLASS A MACHINES
Australian Pump is Australia’s leading manufacturer of high pressure water blasting and cleaning equipment. The Aussie Scud range are all Class A machines under the Australian High Pressure Jetting Safety Standard, so no operator certification is required.
SAFE OPERATOR TRAINING
Aussie Pumps absolutely recommends all operators of pressure cleaners, whether using Class A or B machines, should undergo some form of safety training. To that end, the company has produced its own online safety program, called “Aussie Safe Operator.”
Managers are encouraged to have their operators trained through the program. The course also covers triplex pump technology, identifying and minimising hazards associated with high pressure water blasting, and basic machine maintenance.