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Some things to consider when buying your first Jetter

jetter ute 1I would suggest buying new, The repair bills can add up when a machine has been neglected or not serviced for many years. Service, repairs, new hose and labour can quickly add up to half the price of a new unit.

The way the machine is installed, put together and tested is more important than it being a Honda or Vanguard. Ease of use, start up procedure, ability to access serviceable areas, machine controls in same area, ease of comfortably winding up hoses with straight back, fuel tank location, exhaust routing and machine airflow are all very important factors that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Honda’s generally will give you a flow of around 20.3 to 23Lpm and pressures between 4300-5000psi

Vanguard’s generally will give you a flow of 24.7 to 31lpm and pressures between 4300-5000psi

jetter ute 2Which machine to get will be determined most of the time by the available space you have and how you want it configured. Starting with the Jetter first makes installation easier and allows a broader range of machines to choose from.

Using a cradle is always a good idea. It spreads the load and allows for easier Jetter removal for servicing or getting access to unloader valve, safety valve, pump head or Battery. The way some machines are built don’t require cradles as they can be bolted through the frame onto the tray.

The use of “Nutserts” rather than nuts and bolts allows faster removal and also makes for a much neater job.

Having somewhere to attach the main reel quick release which shoots water under the tray allows hands to be on the choke, throttle and key and not have to worry about main hose flying around on start up.

Ensure you are getting everything you need from the get go. Make sure the machine has a minireel some nozzles, whip hose a gun, muffler bend and raincap if required, low pressure reel with garden feed hose and includes installation.

Installing the Jetter against headboard with hoses and controls heading out the passenger side is a common installation with good weight distribution.

Hopefully this information will answer some questions you might have if you’re planning a new Jetter soon.

Buying the right Hose Reel

There are several hose reels on the market for different applications. Mustang Nozzles make a hose reel that suits both the domestic and commercial market. There are 3 models; the 4418, the 134 and the 104. The all boast 6000psi working pressure and are made from steel for strength with a brass and stainless steel swivel hub.

Hose Reel 4418

The hose reels are zinc coated before being powdercoated for corrosion resistance. Unlike other hose reels on the makets today these reels have built-in hub brakes and locking pins with double plate holes for strength.

The 4418 hose reel is larger than the 134 hose reel and can be mounted in any direction including upside down, on a wall or at 45 degrees.

We make a bracket so that two hose reels can be mounted on top of each other.

Hose Reel 134

The 134 hose reel is smalled then the 4418 hose reel and can be mounted under the tray of a work vehicle or into a remote mini reel frame to allow the reel to be transported to and from the truck. 

There is a smaller hose reel called the 104 that is designed for smaller hose reel applications. This will be available in mid 2014.

Garden Hose Reel

We also sell a garden hose reel with high quality greenflex hose that wont kink easily and outlasts all other hoses on the market. It has a strong zinc plated frame and can also be mounted in any direction. This is a heavy duty hose reel and we have been installing them on plumbers trucks for over 10 years.

Contact us today regarding our range of hose reels for air, water, oil and most other industries.  Ph (02) 9986 1186 

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Changes to the PCA: What to expect in 2014

2014 will see the introduction of some significant updates and improvements, which includes the first stage to harmonise building and plumbing requirements between the National Construction Code Volumes and to elevate plumbing and drainage policy to the Plumbing Code of Australia.

It's was recognised that there was a need for consistency between the BCA and technical plumbing requirements, and from 2014 key changes will be implemented to streamline the standards between the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) and the National Construction Code).

In a nutshell these are:

• Heated water energy efficiency provisions have been consolidated into the PCA so that all the relevant provisions can be accessed in one place.

• Water efficiency requirements for dual flushing cisterns, maximum flushing volumes and cross connection prevention of drinking water services will now be dealt with by the PCA (these Deemed-To-Satisfy Provisions were previously managed by technically referenced documents). It is thought that this will provide more opportunities for plumbers (and the community) to participate in the development of plumbing and drainage policy.

• Other Deemed‐to‐Satisfy Provisions have been modified to better reflect their application for specific installations where fixtures and fittings accessible for persons with a disability are required.

• During 2014 and 2015, work will begin on quantifying a number of the PCA's Performance Requirements to improve the scope for developing Alternative Solutions.

• In 2014 , the PCA plans to commence research into water efficiency and other plumbing related issues to remain being a relevant regulatory body.

• Further details of the PCA harmonisation will updated on the Australian Building Codes Board here

WaterMark Certification: Updates to scheme documents referenced in PCA

Two critical documents in the WaterMark Certification Scheme have been also been updated in the PCA following the transfer in 2013 from Standards Australia to the ABCB.

The Australian Standard AS 5200.000 has been replaced by the Schedule of Specifications, along with the Exempt Materials and Products listing, both of which will be updated and available at the ABCB website.

Additionally, the risk assessment document MP 78: 1999, has been replaced by the ABCB Manual for the Assessment of the Risk of Plumbing Products. However, the ABCB Manual will continue as a static document directly referenced in the PCA .

A direct benefit to plumbers is that the documents will be available for download from the ABCB website for free, which will reduce compliance costs.

Choosing your next 4WD

A comparison of four popular dual cab models

With the recent announcement of the accelerated depreciation deductions and its removal very soon, now is a great time to consider upgrading your work beast. IN August, the RACV put four dual cab turbo-diesel powered, automatic 4WD models through their paces on the road – unladen and carrying 500kg load and gave them a good workout on some rough bush tracks to give a comprehensive comparison.

Tough “tradies utes” have become more civilised in recent years with the current breed of turbo-diesel powered 4WD dual cab utes ranging from normal family duties to shifting a load, towing a caravan or boat and adventuring off-road.  The RACV tested the Volkswagon Amarok, The Ford Ranger, The Mazda BT50 and the Holden Colorado.  This article is a great read for anyone considering the purchase of a work ute and the full article can be read here

Tax Facts - Act NOW! To take advantage of favourable deductions for new equipment or vehicles!

If you are thinking of purchasing some new equipment or a vehicle in the next few months, you should bring forward these purchases to maximise the deductions you can claim in your next tax return. These policies were introduced to provide small business entities to some very favourable depreciation deductions. These include:
  • An immediate write off for depreciating assets that cost less than $6500;
  • An immediate deduction for the first $5000 for any motor vehicle acquired from 1 July 2012. This applies to both new and second hand cars purchased from 1 July 2012. The balance of the vehicle’s cost price could then be added to the general pool and depreciated.

  • The government has flagged that the policies providing concessions (and other concessions) will be repealed along with the Carbon Tax and the MRRT. The legislation has been introduced into parliament this week and may be passed into law soon.

    Once the legislation passes into law, these deductions will not be available and will revert to the previous threshold of $1000.

    This amendment will take effect from January 1 2014, so if you are considering any asset purchases this year that it may be worthwhile to push it forward to before December 31st 2013.

    While the accelerated depreciation rules appear to be relatively straight forward on the surface, applying them in practice can present some challenges. This advice has been prepared by Gerard Viswasam, Principal of Tax with Integrity, and you can call him on 0418 215 686 for further information.

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