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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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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


Digital Marketing and What it Means for Your Plumbing Business

How do you do effectively market and advertise your plumbing business? Do you really need a website or facebook? What’s the best way to reach people in your local area?

 The internet has suddenly turned marketing upside down. Traditional media is on the way out and today it’s all about online marketing. That means that the old ways for a customer to find your business – telephone books, newspapers, flyers etc only has a very limited lifespan and if you’re not starting to shift to internet marketing, your business might be in a bit of trouble soon.

This means that you absolutely need a website. However, far from this being a complex procedure – you can quickly, easily and cheaply get set one up for you, within Australia…so breathe easy and read on.

Once you have a website your site needs to be ‘findable’ by Google – this is what people call SEO or Search Engine Optimisation. There is a fair bit that goes into this and Google often changes the way is assesses whether your site has any value. The more valuable your site is, the more it will show up in search results. Relevant, regularly updated content is the most basic way to get the best results and it’s worth staying on top of this, otherwise your site might be tucked away by Google never to be read by any potential customers. Don’t be shy to update your website to include seasonal specials or handy ‘how to tips’ – Google and your customers will appreciate it.

You should also have a presence on social media, especially Google Plus and Facebook as this affects how Google ranks your website and also gives you a fast way to respond to any customer queries and post pictures of your work – without having to know a thing about websites, you can even do it from your phone!

So when you have a spare moment, please consider how your customers are going to keep finding your business into the future... and start making plans now because implementing a good digital marketing campaign might take a little while to yield results!

What is a good entry level Water Jetter?

If you’re in the process of pricing a water jetter for your business and thinking that there’s a bit too much expense involved, you are not alone. If you’re just starting out in a plumbing business the price of a professional standard Water Jetter and CCTV camera set-up can seem a little daunting.

If you haven’t used a water jetter or drain camera on a job before, you may not realise what a valuable tool they are. Not only for the great job they do but also for the income the equipment brings in.
racejet 4000 water jetterWith an entry level water jetter with a 4000psi/13litre a munite pump, results will be not to dissimilar to those attained with higher pressure and flow units used in domestic situations, while still charging out the same rates.                                                            
There are several options to keep the initial cost of the unit to a minimum. You can take the option of no reels to hold the high pressure jetting hose, just use a patching hose to a ball valve to isolate the pressure, then another length of hose with a nozzle to be used down the drain. By keeping the pressure hose to shorter lengths, there will be less pressure drop and the nozzles will do a better job. It will take a little longer at set up and packing up using this system with no reels to roll the hose onto.

You can choose to purchase a remote Mini Reel with the jetter to use at the entry point, joined by a length of patching hose. This gives the operator greater control over the working end of the hose and is a safer and neater way of working by not having coils of hose lying around your feet. To keep the price (and pressure drop) down, a shorter length of hose can be used on the Mini Reel, rather than the standard 60 metres.

Another option is a high pressure hose reel that can be mounted to the jetter to hold the main hose.  This hose can be used with a nozzle directly on a blockage or connected to the remote Mini Reel if the water jetter cannot reach the access entry point.  These water jetters can be mounted on a truck, trailer or in a van and are light enough to be kept portable and loaded on and off a vehicle when required.

mini water jetterThere are plenty of plumbers who have started out with this water jetter set-up then have upgraded to a higher pressure and flow professional water jetter when they are more comfortable financially. If they already have the Mini Reel and nozzles, only the water jetter itself needs to be purchased.

These Mini water Jetters have the power to operate a Root Ranger root cutting nozzle but the turbines must be matched to the specifications of the pressure and flow of the pump. Always seek professional advice in this area.
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