The new Raptor 7,300 p.s.i. pressure cleaner from Australian Pump Industries gets it’s power from a “Big Block” Vanguard industrial petrol engine.
The new pressure cleaner uses a 31 HP Vanguard twin cylinder “Big Block”, with a whopping 895 c.c. (54 cubic inch) engine capacity.
The Aussie Raptor 7,300 p.s.i. pressure cleaning machine takes normal high pressure cleaning equipment to new levels. Jobs can be completed faster, with less water usage, and better overall results. The “Big Block” engine offers numerous advantages over smaller drives, including lower oil and fuel consumption, lower noise levels, and the ability to deliver more power and torque at lower r.p.m. than conventional engines.
Phil Wendell, Aussie Pumps’ Design Manager explained, “We like to use the Vanguard “Big Block” on our top of the range hydroblasters because it has more torque, and more lugging power than others. The “Big Block” design provides 35% more cubic capacity than other equivalent horsepower engines, so it doesn’t even break into a sweat.”
Using the Big Block engine with the Raptor means that the heavy duty pressure cleaner achieves its full 7,300 psi pressure at lower speed, adding to engine longevity. The lower speed means less fuel is consumed and the engine requires less frequent maintenance, delivering real cost savings to the user.
A Donaclone Cyclopac air cleaner is also supplied with the Vanguard “Big Block” which is considered a real advantage in Australia’s difficult on site conditions. The powerful five stage air cleaner provides maximum engine protection even in extremely dirty and dusty conditions.
“Noise levels are lower too, and the harmonics of the engine work better with our style of machine” said Wendell.
A big Udor Penta style pump is the heart of the system while the triplex design uses a machined stainless steel head with big oil filled crankcase for cool running. The pump in the pressure cleaner is designed to run at 1450 r.p.m. and represents a major breakthrough in pump technology, offering pressures of up to 7,300 p.s.i and flows of 16 litres per minute.
The Raptor pressure cleaner features ASP (Aussie Safety Protection) and the ASP kit includes a safety valve that has been designed to protect the operator and machine from pressure spikes. To ensure cool running of the pump even if left on by-pass for extended periods, the ASP kit also includes a thermal dump valve. It is extended by-pass running that causes the most damage to piston pumps by generating over heating of the liquid in the pump head and consequent cavitation and failure.
“We believe that the Aussie Raptor will be of real interest to contractors,” said Wendell. “It’s built for sustained performance in the toughest industrial cleaning tasks,” he said.
The Aussie Raptor pressure cleaner is supplied in a heavy duty galvanised frame with four large pneumatic tyres to facilitate site manoeuvrability. The kit includes a gun and lance rated to 7,300 psi and 10 metres of high pressure hose.
Diesel and electric drive versions including flame proofed units for mines and oil rigs are available. Training on operator safety procedures and precautions is required with these pressure cleaners. Australian Pump Industries offers a range of training courses, more information of which is available from their website.
The Vanguard Big Block provides the big Aussie Raptor pressure cleaner with extra power but with less noise and less fuel consumption and lower operating costs