Many Australian states are facing the worst bushfire conditions in years. Soaring temperatures, gusting winds and the continuation of dry weather is challenging both property owners and fire fighting authorities.
Australian Pump Industries have combined with Kubota to produce a diesel powered fire pump that provides reliable performance. The fire fighting pump is suitable for long distance water transfer and irrigation applications.
The high performance pump called the Aussie Fire Chief, is powered by a Kubota electric start, oil/air cooled diesel engine. Kubota claim that users can make significant fuel savings using diesel engines compared to the same pump mounted on a petrol engine of equivalent horse power.
The Aussie Fire Chief pump offers users, heads of over 75m that is more than 100 psi, and matches that with flows as high as 500l per minute. This combination of pressure and flow gives the Aussie Fire Chief pump a real fire fighting capability.
The Aussie Fire Chief pump features good self priming characteristics enabling it to draught water from creeks, streams or dams. The pump sucks liquids through a vertical lift of 7.6m.
The new Kubota version features a 9.5HP diesel engine that provides real fuel economy combined with loads of torque. This torque enables the pump to reach its true potential. The Aussie Fire Chief pump, combined with the Kubota engine, is able to realise its maximum performance, providing more litres of water at pressure, per litre of fuel compared to other pumps.
The Aussie Fire Chief pump features a 7 inch diameter impeller that makes up the heart of the machine. The impeller is balanced to take maximum advantage of available horsepower.
Kubota diesel engines are manufactured by one of Japan’s diesel engine and tractor manufacturers. The new pump comes in heavy duty galvanised frame. The engine is electric start for operator convenience.