Australian Pump Industries presents the new Aussie Atlas, the latest
addition to their stainless steel line-up of pressure cleaners built for shipyard
application. Aussie Pump’s stainless steel line is designed to provide marine-worthy
machines suitable for salt water environments. The registered stainless steel
design allows the company to provide a pressure cleaner range that is capable, OH&S
friendly, and suited to today’s world.
The first order for the new pressure cleaners came from a large hire
company in Australia who have deployed them for permanent hire at Sydney
Harbour’s Garden Island Dockyard, which is the Australian Navy’s leading base
and probably the busiest repair yard in the country. The order consisted of 30 machines
built compact, heavy duty and in highly manoeuvrable stainless steel frames.
The order included a heavy duty stainless steel hose reel rated to 5,000
psi, featuring 30 metres of non-marking blue high pressure hose rated at 5,800
psi. A 30-litre stainless steel break tank is incorporated in the stainless
frame to help protect the blaster’s triplex pump from supply variations at the
The heart of the Aussie Atlas pressure cleaner is a Bertolini ‘Big
Berty’ triplex pump running at 1,450 rpms. The drive is through a Bertolini 2
to 1 reduction gearbox.
“The gearbox is sealed and runs in oil, just like the pump’s crankshaft
and con-rods,” said Australian Pump’s Hamish Lorenz.
“Using a big pump and reduction box provides for long trouble-free life.”
The Atlas gets its power from a Hatz model 1B50 air cooled diesel engine
delivering 9.2 hp. “We specked in a 21-litre fuel tank to allow the machine to
run continuously for up to ten hours between refuelling,” he said.
Aussie Turbo guns, which were also included as part of the package, are
designed to turn the 4,000 psi pump pressure up to 6,000 psi of EWP (effective
working pressure). Turbos are indispensable in some cleaning applications,
particularly doing large ship refurbishments.
Designed for shipyard work, the Aussie Atlas comes with optional extras such
as an emergency stop and an electronic control box incorporating an hour meter
and manual stop/start. The package also includes a heavy duty battery box and
Aussie Atlas pressure cleaners are a result of a long
association with naval and commercial dockyard slipways around Australia and
the South Pacific. The machine meets the dry-dock requirement of ease of moving
on and off vessels safely and easily; has a simple design; and incorporates a
wide range of user-friendly features that make it safer and more efficient than
Further information on
Australian Pump’s marine high pressure water blasters up to 500 bar (7,300 psi)
is readily available on their website.