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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 one set 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 it 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 too 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 and 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.
What Drain Camera should I buy?

Ridgid Drain CameraLike jetting equipment, the purchase of a Drain Camera and Locating equipment is a reasonably large outlay so it’s important to get it right. Set yourself up with a package that will do the job and don’t get stuck paying extra for fancy accessories that you may rarely use. There is a wide array of drain camera equipment available, from cheap Chinese made gear to cutting edge American & German made equipment.
Ridgid Drain Camera 2
I believe the best attitude to have when looking for good drain camera and locating equipment is the KISS Principle (Keep It Simple Stupid). Purchasing cheap Asian made equipment may be good in the short term but through my experience, when they start giving trouble they cannot always be repaired, or if they can be repaired it will cost more than the initial purchase price of the equipment. On the other hand, if you pay too much for your drain camera equipment it will take a lot longer to pay for itself before it starts turning a profit. 

We recommend the Ridgid range of drain camera and locating equipment for everyday household drains and small commercial drains up to 150mm. They are tough enough to give to a first year apprentice and have it returned still operating! They also have many new features and recording options making your job of diagnosing the problem simple.

Ridgid Drain Camera 3Reel lengths on their drain camera's from 10 metres up to 100 metres and monitor choices are from basic hand held models up to Digital Recording to thumb drive units. This means you can choose a package that is going to suit the type of work that you will doing with your drain camera most often. These options also apply to the Locating equipment, from simply finding the camera head to locating utilities.

The most popular drain camera package by far is also one of the more basic options. It is cost effective and will do most jobs in the field. It is simple to use and is durable and perhaps most importantly, it is very reliable. The most common use for a drain camera is looking for a problem then locating the site above the point at ground level.
Ridgid Drain Camera 4


The basic drain camera package can be added to if required, some operators want DVD burners or recording to USB devices, some operators will want to trace the pipe to know where it runs, some will want to trace copper water services, and some utilities. There are many options with cable length and thickness, self-levelling camera heads, transmitters and locators.


Ridgid Drain Camera 6Ridgid CCTV Drain Camera Inspection and Locating equipment would be considered mid-range in price, but with the reliability of the product and with Sales Reps in the field for advice and training, purchasing a Ridgid package becomes a sensible decision.

Call us today for more information about the different options available. Ph: 02 9986 1186

   

Mustang Root Ranger Nozzle versus WT Warthog Nozzle

Over the years, I have heard many plumbers talk of their preferences for root cutting nozzles. The two main root cutting nozzles used on the high pressure/low flow jetters for domestic applications are the Mustang Root Ranger and the WT3/8 Warthog R60. These are two totally different nozzles, each with its own characteristic.

The main feature of the Mustang Root Ranger is that you get 100% of your pump’s pressure and flow out of the one orifice, giving the operator superior ability to mulch away blockages and totally scrub the inside walls of the pipe. The WT Warthog has one forward facing jet and two rear facing jets (or tips) so that pressure and flow is split between these orifices. The result is less mulching ability from this nozzle.

Root Ranger Nozzle
The main feature of the WT Warthog is the off-set front jet set in the self-rotating head, which is great for penetrating stubborn blockages going forward, however the friction loss that goes into rotating the head gives less cutting power to the rear facing jets.

There is a front jet option available for the Mustang Root Ranger to aid with forward penetration, although most operators tell me they prefer to punch through with a penetrating nozzle to get a “feel” for the pipe before sending the Root Ranger down. Due to the design of the patented reverse pressure bend the Mustang Root Ranger clears roots and obstructions by working back and forward over the affected area with a twisting action on the hose by the operator.

Operators new to the jetting game are sometimes nervous about getting the Mustang Root Ranger stuck due to its hook shape. They can jam in an inspection opening cap, hook over a thick root or flick up a junction. Experienced operators have no qualms about using the Mustang Root Ranger due to their experience. There are several training videos that will help the new operator at http://www.thejettersedge.com.au/videos/jetters-edge-training-videos There are also many advantages of the hook shaped nozzle that include retrieving foreign objects from drains.

Most operators are wary about using anything other than a penetrating nozzle only on stormwater blockages. The Warthog is about the size and shape of a 50mm tow ball and won’t tend to jam like a Root Ranger, although I have heard stories about them dropping down a shaft and getting permanently stuck.

Warthog wt nozzle sm

To sum up, the main advantages of the Mustang Root Ranger are more cutting power, one third of the price of the WT Warthog, longer lasting due to the duplex stainless steel pressure bend and cheaper and quicker to service. The main advantages of the WT Warthog are the forward penetrating ability and less chance of getting stuck, but the units are expensive to buy and service, and the heads wear down due to the self-rotating head grinding on the walls of the pipe.

Recently there has been a spate of cheap copies of both these heads, particularly the Mustang Root Ranger. These nozzles are made with inferior quality materials and would present a danger being used with pressures exceeding 4,000 psi. The Mustang Root Ranger is the only root cutting nozzle made with duplex stainless steel, which is so hard that only one engineering shop in Sydney can do the machining of the raw castings. Mustang Nozzles also makes the Double Barrel Root Ranger, The Double Ended Root Ranger and the larger 1/2" Root Ranger Nozzle.


Remember, when purchasing your next high quality nozzle, ask for a genuine Mustang Nozzle available only from authorised dealers. Make sure it has the Mustang Nozzles logo on the pressure bend, don’t accept inferior quality copies, it will only cost you more down the track.

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