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How a JCB en­gine is keep­ing a Queens­land farm pump­ing

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Afire that de­stroyed the pump­ing sta­tion at an av­o­cado farm out­side of Bund­aberg two years ago pro­vided a timely rea­son for a new JCB DieselMax pow­ered pump to be in­stalled. While the pre­vi­ous en­gine was re­li­able, it was heavy on fuel, drain­ing the fuel tank ev­ery week and a half.

Now the JCB DieselMax is de­liv­er­ing fuel sav­ings of more than 30 per cent com­pared to the pre­vi­ous en­gine, ac­cord­ing to

Nashy Pro­duce hor­ti­cul­tur­ist Adam De Zotti.

Nashy Pro­duce grows av­o­ca­dos, snow peas and toma­toes, and the farm has an ex­cel­lent water al­lo­ca­tion thanks to the prox­im­ity of the El­liot River.

The six-hectare plot of av­o­cado trees at Nashy Pro­duce was first planted four years ago, and there are now about 6500 av­o­cado trees on the farm.

The lo­cal power equip­ment dealer Sun­fam de­signed and in­stalled the wa­ter­ing sys­tem for the av­o­cado plan­ta­tion four years ago, be­fore the first trees were planted.

This in­volved lay­ing six kilo­me­tres of water lines, plus the sprin­kler sys­tem and pump­ing sta­tion. When the pump­ing sta­tion was de­stroyed by fire, De Zotti took the op­por­tu­nity to work with Sun­fam and de­sign an even bet­ter pump­ing sta­tion.

“Our wa­ter­ing needs vary enor­mously through­out the year de­pend­ing on rain­fall and the growth cy­cle of the av­o­cado fruit,” De Zotti says. “Our new pump­ing sta­tion needed to be matched to our ex­ist­ing sprin­kler sys­tem, our water al­lo­ca­tion rights and the peak de­mand dur­ing sum­mer. Dur­ing the grow­ing sea­son, the sprin­klers run for up to 20 hours a day.

“Our En­vi­roSCAN soil mon­i­tor­ing equip­ment pro­vides us with an ex­cel­lent guide for soil con­di­tion and wa­ter­ing.”

The JCB DieselMax pow­ered pump is mounted close to the water source with a 200mm di­am­e­ter pipe feed­ing the pump, while a 150mm di­am­e­ter out­feed pipe is used. In­te­grated into the ir­ri­ga­tion is a sim­ple fer­tiliser in­jec­tion sys­tem that al­lows De Zotti to fer­tilise the av­o­cado plan­ta­tion eas­ily.

The pump it­self is driven by the JCB DieselMax via a belt and pul­ley sys­tem, al­low­ing the en­gine to op­er­ate at 1400rpm, while the pump de­liv­ers 90,000 litres of water an hour.

The JCB DieselMax has a four-cylin­der, nat­u­rally as­pi­rated diesel en­gine. Each cylin­der head fea­tures four valves per cylin­der to de­liver high torque at low speeds.

“We have logged up 2000 hours on the JCB DieselMax at an av­er­age of about 200 hours per month,” De Zotti says. “We are us­ing about eight litres per hour, and that is the best fuel con­sump­tion for a diesel en­gine that I have ever come across.”

A power equip­ment En­gine Pro­tec­tion Sys­tem (EPS) that mon­i­tors en­gine per­for­mance and is pro­grammed to shut down the en­gine in the event of over­heat­ing, or any other kind of fault has been in­stalled.

The JCB DieselMax pow­ered pump is help­ing save fuel on a Bund­aberg pro­duce farm

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