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  • drafting and dumping

    what is the best low level strainer on the market fir drafting from a drop tank i need something that will pick up water a the lowest level.

    also what would be a good dump time on a 1000 gal tanker with a newton 10 ich dump the iso way

  • #2
    Most of the low-level strainers are good. It's more important to use flexible hard suction so that the strainer will lie flat.

    As far as snorting every drop, ISO doesn't care if you can. They standardize the unavailable water in both the tanker and the dump tank, so even if you use every drop they still cut you about 10% waste.

    And what if you could use every drop? Two inches of water in a dump tank isn't enough to fight squat fire. At that point, you better be praying the next load is close.

    Dump times all depend on shape of tank & venting. That tanker could unload in a minute or so, probably. But a thousand gallons doesn't even count as a tanker in my book; that's standard booster tank size in unhydranted areas these days. A tanker that size will run you to death shuttling, and ISO will stick it to you for the length of time it takes (i.e. two trips to haul 2000 gallons versus just one trip for a 2000 gallon tanker.)


    • #3
      ISO will measure tha height your strainer loses prime. So yes it is important to get the best strainer. Some strainers strand as much as 1/3 of the water in a drop tank. If you hook several together then you lose 1/3 of each.


      • #4
        We have had a lot of success with the Kocheck low level strainer. It also has a 1 1/2 in connection for use as a siphon line if you tie two tanks together. All the other siphons I have seen are not low level, thereby leaving the next drop tank's water in the tank.


        • #5
          I agree with S. Cheatham the Kocheck Low level strainer with the built in jet siphon is a very nice piece. We have a Zico flat strainer and the Kocheck and the Kocheck is by far the better of the two.


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