Farming and agriculture are as essential to the world as fruits vegetables are to ensuring its citizens maintain a healthy diet. So it’s important to make sure that one has the proper equipment and accessories on hand to help keep the world fed and full.
There are three common types of fuels used in farm tractors: diesel fuel, gasoline and LP gas. The present trend is toward using larger planting and tiller tractors and vehicles with diesel engines. The diesel engine is the most efficient of the three and powers nearly all new tractors over 100 horsepower (hp). But the larger the tractor, the more fuel it will inevitably need and rather than taking the machine back to the farm or even worse, to an actual fueling station, you can use a fuel tank located at a remote site to quickly and efficiently refuel machinery. Or conversely if you need to move fluid from machine back to tank after a job is done, a transfer tank is the ideal solution. Many of these tanks come with top of the line pumps and nozzles preinstalled, so all you need to do is fill them up and they are ready for use.
There many types of pumps available for many different outdoor and agricultural applications.
Sprayer pumps are light and have very limited gallon per minute (GPM) capabilities, which make them perfect for small scale irrigation and jobs spreading pesticides and liquid fertilizers.
Centrifugal pumps, especially those that are gas powered, can transfer fluids with high efficiency over a wide range of flows and pressures. Centrifugal pumps including multi-stage designs and those for high inlet pressure, can handle most low viscosity applications. These pumps are known for their low power consumption, low noise level, and low NPSH requirement. They generally don’t contain many moving parts so they are easy maintain and can be quite powerful, so they are often used in medium to large scale bulk transfer jobs.
Diaphragm pumps can be used for pumping hard to handle chemicals and materials in precise measured amounts at higher pressures. These pumps have good dry running characteristics but they can also handle thicker sludge-like materials and slurries with a relatively high amount of grit and solid content. One pump can serve multiple purposes and can be used for multiple materials, as long as technical specifications match along with the accompanying accessories such hoses, couplers, and nozzles.
Meters can also be highly useful when fueling pumps and transferring materials on a job site because they can prevent hazardous spills from overfilling and also alert, which is especially important when working on agricultural soil used for crops.
Machines that move and move in dirt and grass will eventually get very dirty, and that sediment will eventually lead to early rust and part malfunctions if machines aren’t thoroughly cleaned from time to time. So it’s important to have ample washing equipment on hand to keep your machines in working order the next time you intend to use them.