Propane-powered jetter provides clean-air alternative

Propane-powered jetter  provides clean-air alternative

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The Model 740 hybrid fuel hydrojetter from Spartan Tool LLC is available with either a 40 hp, electric-start Kohler gasoline engine or liquid propane version for indoor use as well as areas subject to ozone action days and other air-quality restrictions.

“We saw a need in the market to introduce a propane-based, propane-powered unit that has extraordinarily low emissions,” says Tom Pranka, president. “And one that gives our customers the ability to take these trailer jets indoors – into manufacturing facilities, cold-storage facilities – and use them without loss of psi over huge amounts of hose that would be strung out if you had to put the jetter outdoors and run a transfer hose a couple hundred feet to the cleanout.”

The propane jetter also addresses ozone action days in southern and western portions of the country that ban the use of equipment with 25 hp or larger gasoline engines, including commercial lawn mowers and jetters.

“On those particular days these jetting companies are shut down; they’re lost opportunities,” Pranka says. “By providing a liquid propane-powered unit, it can be used 365 days a year, no matter what the temperature, heat index or ozone level might be.”

The jetter has a triplex ceramic plunger pump with adjustable pump pulsation that delivers 4,000 psi at 12 gpm (13 gpm maximum water output and 140 degree F maximum temperature) and can clean pipes from 3 to 15 inches in diameter.

Features include powered hose rewind, 3/8-inch by 350-foot high-pressure jetter hose, open and closed 3/8-inch hose nozzles, low water shutoff, 100 feet of 5/8-inch water supply hose (hydrant fill connection is standard), 150-gallon, low-profile water tank, foot pedal valve for reel rewind control, low engine oil light, manhole hose protection, 1/4-inch by 75-foot high-pressure hose and air-purge system for cold-weather protection. Other features include washdown gun and lance, locking toolbox, 8-gallon fuel tank or LP tank mount.

Pranka says there is no loss of power between the gasoline or propane jetters. The greatest difference is air-quality emissions. “They’re 36 times less: 0.003 particulates as opposed to nearly 100 particulates. So it’s not just a more flexible machine, but a cleaner machine. The beautiful thing about liquid propane is it opens a new market for drain cleaners.”

The wide-track, towable chassis has a gross trailer weight of 2,651 pounds (1,320 pounds empty) and maximum tongue weight of 120 pounds. The trailer measures 120 inches long, 57 inches wide and 48 inches high. Skid-mounted gasoline- or propane-powered versions are available. 800/435-3866;


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