Quik Spray survives icy plunge in dam

BUILT TO LAST: After a week being submerged in water and silt in John's dam, the Quik Spray was still in great working order.
BUILT TO LAST: After a week being submerged in water and silt in John's dam, the Quik Spray was still in great working order.
DAMAGED UTE: John removes the wreck from his dam.

DAMAGED UTE: John removes the wreck from his dam.

When the handbrake failed on John Poole's 1966 Landrover ute, he was all ready to head out to spray for the day.

However, what happened next delayed that job.

"I looked back with surprise to see the ute rolling away from me and through a fence," he said.

"The ute travelled approximately 500 metres through the paddock, picking up speed as it approached a dam.

"The ute missed several trees and landed in the dam at high speed with the spray unit still in the back."

With the unit sitting eight metres under water, he then decided to attempt to retrieve his Quik Spray unit from the dam.

"I siphoned the dam level down four metres in about one week and then hired an industrial pump to continue to empty the dam," Mr Poole said.

"When the ute was finally reachable, we secured the ute with chains and used a tractor to tow it onto the dam wall.

"The ute was a total wreck, but I found that there was minimal damage to the Quik Spray unit!"

Mr Poole said he pressure cleaned the whole unit, replaced the hose reel bearings and completed several oil changes to the motor and gear box as well as cleaning the carby.

"With the generous support of Quik Spray the remote-control radio gear was also replaced," he said.

So, after a week being submerged in water and silt, the Quik Spray was still in great working order.

"I never expected to recover the unit in this excellent, working condition and I hope to use it for a few years yet, on our 350-acre property," Mr Poole said.

Mr Poole has been a long-term customer since 2007 and has been using his Quik Spray 400L single reel unit regularly for weed control, backburning and firefighting.

According to Chris Coren from Quik Spray, quality and reliability is vital when investing in a spray system.

"After 12 years of use and being submerged under water, John's Quik Spray is a classic example of why we've been around for more than 30 years and have earned the reputation of building the toughest sprayer on the market," Mr Coren said.

"Quik Spray offer the most advanced spot-spraying equipment, suited to the rough, harsh Australian environment."

For more information about the Quik Spray range, visit their website at www.quikspray.com.au or phone them on 1800 603 992.

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