2009 - Volume #33, Issue #1, Page #20[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Water Blaster Dries Up Field Ponds
"Guys in our area use them to pump out the low spots before seeding," says Dave Klassen, Double A Trailers, Two Hills, Alberta, Canada. "They also use them in the summer or fall to rescue crops from ponding caused by a heavy summer rain."
Klassen admits the price of a water cannon can seem hard to justify. However, he also points out that getting a combine or tractor stuck at a busy time of the year can also be expensive. Double A has been making the systems for the past eight years. While the pulleys, pumps and nozzle are off-the-shelf components, Double A makes everything else. Prices fluctuate with steel costs. Two units on hand in mid-November were priced at $33,900 each, but steel has gone up 40 percent since they were made.
Double A's water cannon boom is hinged for a transport length of 83 ft. When pulled to the edge of a water hole, a hydraulic cylinder on the boom pushes it out to its 111-ft. working length. Klassen says the suction end is usually backed into the slough about 70 ft. Once lowered into the water, the mesh-covered intake sits on a 40 by 40-in. platform.
"Some weeds and such do make it through the mesh, but as long as they can be forced out the 2-in. irrigation nozzle, there is seldom a problem," says Klassen.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Double A Trailer & Contracting, Inc., 4802 57th Ave., P. O. Box 359, Two Hills, Alberta, Canada T0B 4K0 (ph 780 657-0008; fax 780 657-0016; firstname.lastname@example.org; www. doubleatrailers.ca).
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