Home' Smart Farmer : September 2009 Contents SEPTEMBER, 2009 smartfarmer
BY DAVID EAST
With the memories of the disas-
trous and tragic Victorian bush-
fires earlier this year still mak-
ing news headlines, now is the time to
be preparing for the coming summer
Almost daily the State Government and
various news outlets are reminding land-
holders to update their bushfire plans.
The recent weather mix of rain, cool
and warm days, followed by even more
showers in recent weeks, has resulted in
an unseasonal flush of early spring
vegetation growth in many districts that
will bring the 'traditional' bushfire alert
season forward by many weeks.
Now is the time to start planning and
Now is the time re-check all your fire
protection strategies starting with
determining where any unwanted
growth has appeared in recent weeks
and implementing plans to reduce any
perceived risks if a bushfire threatens.
A good place to start is to reduce the
amount of new growth by slashing or
spraying and keeping fire breaks clean.
It is also a good time to check that the
fire fighting equipment is up to scratch
and ready for any emergency.
There is only frustration, pain and
agony to be gained from a fire pump and
engine that has been lying idle for
several months and won't start when it
is urgently required.
The most popular firefighting tools are
those that are 'package', that is with the
engine and pump coupled and mounted
in a frame that makes them quick and
easy to manhandle from place to place
or between vehicles.
To keep them in top working
condition, they should be started and
tested at regular intervals.
This not only blows the cobwebs out,
but gives peace of mind that the engine
does start quickly and easily and that the
pump is fully operational.
A hard-to-start engine is not much use
when a bushfire is ranging.
A couple of common faults found with
hard-to-start engines include water
contaminated fuel and blocked air intake
Water contaminated fuel is generally
caused by condensation created in a not
completely filled fuel tank -- the remedy
is to keep the fuel tank full at all times.
A choked or blocked air filter is the
result of a build up of dust and other
material during the 'off season' or after
use in dirty conditions -- here the
Bushfire season looms:
be ready for emergency
Re-check all protection strategies
Reduce re-growth of vegetation
Check efficiency of all equipment
WORKHORSE: A mobile fire fighting trolley with Honda motor and Onga pump ready to be
attached to a rainwater tank.
remedy is to cover the filter intake while
the unit is not in use and to clean it after
While checking the starting reliability
of the engine after a long lay-off period,
don't forget the sparking plug.
Take it out and check it is sparking
The other half of the fire fighting unit,
the pump, also needs checking and
It doesn't matter how well the engine
starts and performs, if the pump is not
up to scratch, there will be little hope in
controlling a fire.
If there are any doubts about its
performance, have it checked, repaired
or replaced immediately.
If buying a new pump, it pays to know
what you want and how to match it with
the engine to be used.
It also pays to shop around, there are
plenty of pump brands and types on the
Because the firefighting
unit can be used for
other tasks, including
water transfer jobs, a
centrifugal pump is
probably the best option
to look at.
Generally, they are
considered to be an all-round farm pump
With a centrifugal pump, mechanical
energy from the impeller propels the
water at increasing speed as it rotates.
At the outer edge of the impeller --
where the water has maximum speed --
pressure builds up and forces the water
through the outlet
This is what makes them ideal pumps
for fire fighting.
The centrifugal pump has several other
• Water output can be controlled by an
outlet valve without causing damage.
• It becomes more efficient (up to 90
per cent) as he flow rate is increased.
• It has fewer moving parts to service
meaning lower maintenance costs.
• Generally, centrifugal pumps are
more adaptable to a range of different
drives. In recent years the development
of advanced plastics has had an
enormous impact on centrifugal
• Smooth internal surfaces
on the pump body and
impeller have also
improved the efficiency of
centrifugal pumps through
significant cuts in friction
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Claas Rollant 62 Round Baler, 6x4 $11,000 + gst.
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$25,300 + gst.
1998 New Holland 2216 Haybine, 16'suit MF or Macdon
$33,000 + gst.
Busch Schutz Hydrasqueeze, New Rollers, Manual Swing
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CaseIH 8575 Big Square Baler, 3x3x8' $38,500 + gst.
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1980 Deutz DX110 (100HP) FWA,A/C Cab, Linkage with
Challenge Loader $24,000 + gst.
1999 John Deere 6200 (90HP) FWA, A/C Cab, Linkage with
Loader, 4700 hours $40,000 + gst.
2007 CaseIH MXU125 (125HP) FWA, A/C Cab, Linkage with
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Cheap David Brown 990, Linkage, No cab $5,500 + gst.
1989 Case 585XL 2WD (60HP), A/C Cab,Linkage, 2900
hours $22,000 + gst.
2003 CaseIH CVX170 (170HP) FWA, A/C Cab,CVT Trans,
Linkage, Front Suspension, Cab Suspension, 2700 hours.
COMING IN $88,000 + gst.
1992 CaseIH 7130 (200HP) FWA, A/C Cab, Duals, Drawbar
model, very tidy, 4600 hours $66,000 + gst.
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