Poly tanks can be re­paired

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What hap­pens when your poly wa­ter tank or plas­tic trac­tor fuel tank de­vel­ops a leak? You get it poly welded. Yes, poly can be suc­cess­fully welded.

With eight years’ ex­pe­ri­ence re­pair­ing a wide range of plas­tic and par­tic­u­larly poly prod­ucts, Plas­tic Fu­sion Ser­vice own­ers Rob Binns and Judy Gard­ner said they could usu­ally help.

Mr Binns said in the ‘good old days’ the farm workshop could tackle most re­pair tasks, weld­ing bro­ken steel or even alu­minium items.

“At worst it had to be taken to the lo­cal en­gi­neer,” he said.

“While poly can be very suc­cess­fully welded, the weld­ing equip­ment is ex­pen­sive and spe­cialised.

“It is there­fore not prac­ti­cal to own the equip­ment and you’re un­likely to find a ‘lo­cal’ en­gi­neer with the skills or equip­ment. That’s where we can help.”

The spe­cial­ist poly re­pair­ers are based in Hor­sham and travel across Vic­to­ria and South Aus­tralia with their work.

“Look around any farm these days and you will see plas­tic every­where. There are the ob­vi­ous items like poly wa­ter tanks, trac­tor fuel and diesel trans­port tanks and boom­spray tanks. Look fur­ther and there is hardly a new piece of equip­ment built in the past few years that doesn’t have at least some plas­tic com­po­nents,” Mr Binns said.

“So it is likely at some time you are go­ing to be need­ing a plas­tic re­pair done.”

To demon­strate their con­fi­dence in their re­pair work, the busi­ness gives a 12 month war­ranty.

This is pro­vid­ing any un­der­ling prob­lems are reme­died and they are the first to do the re­pair.

“In­cor­rect poly re­pair tech­niques can dam­age the plas­tic be­yond re­pair,” Mr Binns said.

With its ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in re­pair­ing poly tanks, the busi­ness sees the same prob­lems oc­cur­ring over and over.

“Poor foun­da­tions and the way the tank is plumbed is the most com­mon cause of fail­ures,” Mr Binns said.

“We will iden­tify any prob­lems and sug­gest ways of avoid­ing fur­ther is­sues.

“There is a com­mon mis­con­cep­tion that be­cause the tanks are plas­tic they will bend and con­form to ir­reg­u­lar sur­faces.

“This is in­cor­rect. Poly tanks need a smooth well-com­pacted level foun­da­tion that ex­tends past the edge of the tank.

“A stick or stone the size of a golf ball un­der the tank is enough to crack the base.” Plas­tic Fu­sion Ser­vice’s fully equipped four-wheel drive mo­bile unit can un­der­take re­pairs on­site, whether it is in the back pad­dock or in city sub­urbs.

“Our pri­mary ser­vice area is the Mallee, Wim­mera, West­ern Dis­trict and south-east of South Aus­tralia,” Mr Binns said.

“By group­ing jobs into re­gions and shar­ing the trav­el­ing costs, we keep trav­el­ing costs to a min­i­mum.

“Plas­tic Fu­sion Ser­vice is not just lim­ited to do­ing re­pairs, we can man­u­fac­ture one-off poly items or do short pro­duc­tion runs. Cus­tom heavy duty car­a­van and ute wa­ter tanks are a specialty.”

For ex­am­ples of fab­ri­ca­tion and re­pair work visit www. plas­tic­fu­sion.com.au or visit the team at the Wim­mera Machin­ery Field Days.

SEALED: Plas­tic Fu­sion Ser­vice’s Rob Binns.

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