A Yanmar 3TNV88 diesel engine drives the new, custom built high pressure water blaster designed for use by a Rio Tinto diamond mine in WA.
Commissioned by Rio Tinto to design and manufacture the water blaster unit, Sydney based company Jetblaster used a high pressure pump delivering 5000 psi of pressure to the single gun at a rate of 25 litres of water per minute. The Italian sourced pump requires 17 kW of power to drive it at full capacity.
Jetblaster has now added this model to their wide range of high pressure water blasters.
According to Hamish Lorenz, Manager of Jetblaster, the company has been supplying the mining industry with high pressure water blasters for cleaning applications in harsh working environments.
Hamish Lorenz selected the Yanmar 3TNV88 in consultation with John Mason of Power Equipment, the authorised distributor of Yanmar diesel engines in Australia. The Yanmar 3TNV88 develops 21 kW of power at 2300 rpm, meaning that the engine does not have to operate at its full capacity to deliver the required power demanded by the water pump.
Specified due to its ability to operate continuously, the Yanmar engine incorporates a 50-litre fuel tank onboard the self-contained unit to enable continuous operation for 25 hours at full speed with the Yanmar engine consuming just 2.5 litres of fuel per hour.
A premium quality compact 3-cylinder in-line diesel engine, the Yanmar unit is renowned for its low noise, low vibration, low emissions, easy starts and fuel efficiency. With the Yanmar engine operating at 2300 rpm, the pump is driven via a Yanmar supplied side load PTO kit and pulleys to run at 1500 rpm. There is no clutch required.
Power Equipment sent the Yanmar diesel engine to Jetblaster as a complete, assembled package from their Melbourne workshop. The assembled Power Pack delivered to Jetblaster comprised of the Yanmar 3TNV88 engine, side load kit, radiator, air cleaner, silencer, variable speed controller, Power Equipment ECM 90 engine protection system, all fully wired and tested.
The assembled package effectively reduced the manufacturing time taken by Jetblaster to build the complete unit.
Hamish adds that the Yanmar 3TNV engine can be used with both bigger and smaller water pumps without having to change the configuration.
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