WWETT Class with Jonesie Will Optimize Your Jetter’s Capabilities

Get the most out of your jetter. Steve Jones shows you how at the 2019 WWETT Show.

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WWETT Class with Jonesie Will Optimize Your Jetter’s Capabilities

You’ve seen him in various “Get Jetting with Jonesie” videos from Jetters Northwest, explaining the ins and outs of various jetting applications. Now you can attend a WWETT Show 2019 education session with Steve “Jonesie” Jones, where he will explain exactly how to get the most out of your jetter.

The course, “Understanding How a Hydro-Jetter Really Works,” will be held at the Indianapolis Convention Center, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Learn more about Jones and why you should attend this session:

How did you get started in the industry?

Jones: I was recruited by a friend who was the owner (of Jetters Northwest) back then. I was in the pipe insulation business before, but that company was not real stable. A friend of mine I counseled with said, ‘hmm… pumps. Pumps are everywhere.’ And that got my attention; so I interviewed and jumped on the opportunity some 30 years ago.

But my introduction to the sewer business was about a year or less after working here. I started doing hose repairs, and I thought they were like big duct hoses or something like that. Little did I know … one of the mechanics finally told me that the hose I was working on and putting new ends on had been in sewers.

But I’ve always been fascinated with the high-pressure pump systems, how they work, the nozzling, and the dynamics that go into making a jetter work. That has always been really interesting to me. 

What do you like most about working for Jetters Northwest?

Jones: Every day is different, there’s a lot of opportunity to be creative. And the people are great. The crew here is fantastic, as is the ownership. And the customer base — they’re just great people. I enjoy working with people who are in the service industry because they understand the relationship between customer and vendor.

What gave you the idea for this course?

Jones: There’s a lot of talk on forums, and things we hear back from customers and prospects about how they think the jetter works, and how they think nozzle and hose dynamics can affect the jetter. A lot of them are just flat-out incorrect. So with this many years in the high-pressure pump business, I knew that we could bring to the table some information that will help people understand how these hydro-jetters really work, as a high-pressure pumping system.

Another thing that also motivated me is that I’ve found that jetter operators who understand their machine get better use out of it. They make better decisions on what nozzle to put on the end of the hose, and what size hoses to use. And they maintain their equipment better and get better life out of the equipment.

What will you cover in the course?

Jones: First we’ll cover that water is the tool of the jetter. And we’re going to spend a lot of time on the flow rate and how important that is, whether it’s expressed in gallons per minute or liters per minute. Pressure of course is very important, and we’ll talk about how pressure is created — that the jetter is not a compressor, it doesn’t hold pressure. It’s nothing like a typical house water system pump, or a sump pump, for that matter. It’s a completely different type of pumping system. And we’ll go over that, and dwell on and chew on flow and pressure as a combination to make for super-effective jetting.

Who should come to this class and why should people attend?

Jones: Anyone who wants to do service jetting, does service jetting, and wants to take their jetting to a higher level and understand their machine better — whether they’re brand-new to a jetter or they’ve never even seen one. But even a jetter expert will be helped by this. 

And when I say ‘service jetting,’ service jetters are most commonly used in 4-inch pipe, but also include sizes around that, from 1-inch to 6-inch, or even 8-inch pipe or more. So it will apply less to the big jet/vac trucks that hydro-jet larger sewers down the middle of the street, in terms of application; but the pumping dynamics will be the same so those people might benefit as well. 

What do you hope attendees will learn?

Jones: Knowing how a hydro-jetter really works will help as folks are shopping for a jetter out on the floor there at the WWETT Show. Getting an idea of what gallons per minute you want to purchase, what pressure the machine needs to deliver for the size of pipes that you’re generally going to clean — what’s the most applicable unit within their budget? 

This course will give you a better understanding of what you’re buying (or of what you already own) and be able to make better use of it. The whole idea of the jetter is to provide a certain amount of flow to a nozzle, at a certain pressure, to get water moving in that pipe to clean it efficiently.

I’m really looking forward to it. It’s always fun to get out there to the WWETT Show, lots of people to meet and see.

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