The famous Furphy water cart has joined the Kennards Hire equipment range.
Holding 950 litres and featuring a pumping mechanism, Furphy water carts have a variety of applications from basic water carriers to mobile fire-fighting tanks and wash-down units.
Kennards says Furphy water carts are suitable for use in various industries including building and construction, road construction, mining and quarrying, forestry, agriculture as well as fire-fighting.
The original water cart was developed by John Furphy in Shepparton, Victoria in the late 1870s and has been continually modernised over the years by the family-owned company.
Their use in overseas military camps during World War I led to the name becoming Australian slang as they were usually placed near the latrines, where soldiers would exchange information, which was often unreliable.
Kennards says the steel tanks, with a hot dip galvanised finish inside and out are strong and durable.
Furphy water carts measure 3.24m long, 1.57m wide and 1.47m high in dimension and weigh 460kg.
Construction and engineering company, York Civil hired a number of these water carts from Kennards during work on the new $564 million, 23km Northern Expressway project in Adelaide.
“It is a requirement under our hot work permit to have a water cart present,” site supervisor Scott Maher said.
“We have our own water carts but because this job is so big with so many work areas, it was handy being able to hire more of them.”