JCB Pump Buggy Delivers Portable Pumping
There is a huge variety of ‘buggies’ in this world, but there’s only one JCB Pump Buggy.
It is the brainchild of Mackay sugarcane farmer Paul McKay who came up with the concept of a mobile water pump to service his 283 hectare property.
Farming sugar cane requires a big supply of water and the logistics of running water through big bore pipes around a vast property is a daunting task. His farm is set up to run hose irrigators being fed by various dams and sumps located along the drains on the farm.
Sumps, dams, hoses, drains and 283 hectares under cane – the challenge of the jigsaw is how to pump the water to ensure it gets to all the required areas.
“I had been using my tractor via the power take off shaft to drive pumps,” Paul said. “But this was giving me a few problems. It obviously tied up an expensive piece of capital equipment for days on end and was a pretty big engine to be driving a relatively small pump. The biggest issue was that the tractor began to experience overheating problems as well.”
“What we really needed was a portable pump and that’s when we hit up on the idea of what has now become known as the “JCB Pump
The requirement was for a portable pump, a hard hose or winch, which could be taken to the water source and hooked up to the hose
irrigators. The system had to be super reliable and be able to be left to run unattended, often for 16 hours at a time. Also, it had to be economical to purchase and operate.
Local water agent Jeff Roberts recommended the JCB DieselMax 444. The JCB DieselMax 444 is a 4-cylinder, 4.4 litre powerhouse boasting 4 valves per cylinder with high torque at low speeds. The DieselMax model operated by Paul Mckay is rated at 89kW at 2200 rpm and is one of the very finest engines in its class on the market.
It carries a market leading warranty policy, is quiet in operation and is known for its low fuel consumption. A Power Equipment “Engine Protection System” was also supplied in the package, providing essential engine safeguards and features an external emergency stop button for added safety.
Paul McKay had a local engineering company design and install his JCB DieselMax to this purpose built pump buggy. The JCB Pump Buggy comprises a substantial skid style base, dual axles with industrial tyres, hinged drawbar and a canopy for protection. With the JCB engine direct coupled to a Southern Cross centrifugal pump, the JCB Pump Buggy has the design capacity to pump up to 300 litres of water per second. On Paul McKay’s farm the JCB Pump Buggy is towed to the relevant dam or sump where a portable diesel fuel tank is parked alongside, a water hose is connected to the inlet side of the pump and then dropped into the dam. On the outflow side of the
pump, a hose is then connected to a hydrant or hose irrigator. Once the JCB DieselMax is started, the water flows.
“I’ve been running the JCB Pump Buggy for two years now with zero problems,” Paul McKay said.
“It has proven to be the perfect solution while also being very efficient. It operates at an easy 1500 rpm for stints of about 16 hours duration, from 5pm to about 9am or 10am the next morning. The fuel consumption is excellent at just 8 litres an hour.”
“This is such a great unit that we haul it around the farm as and when it is needed. We’re now thinking of getting a second unit together for use as a backup pump. This will be used at locations where we have electric pumps which can be subject to power failures.”