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    Default Robwen flow mix 500 foam proportioner

    I'm looking for opinions on this foam system. Mostly on reliablity and ease of use. We use FoamPro 1600 on our one truck and have a chance to put a Pobwen unit on another brush truck for must less cost than the Foampro1600. Any advice or comment would be very helpful. Thanks

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    Several of our neighbors have robwens and they work well. I wouldn't compare them to a 1600 PERSONALLY. The 500 is a MANUALLY loaded,5 gal bladder type system. The 1600 is an Electrically driven injector pump pulling from an on board tank. Outside of making foam,there are few similarities between the two.Robwen also makes a version of the 500 that is electrically reloaded(transfer pump). More info can be had on the Robwen and Foampro sites to help guide your decision. T.C.

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    We have a 500 and its a good foamer. The main disadvantage is you have no idea how much foam concentrate is left in the foamer. If you refill it after every use and only need 5 gal of concentrate (or less) per fire it should work for you. The 500 can be messy to refill if you are not careful.

    The 500 is not perfect but for the money it is an accurate, simple to use and maintain foamer. That said, if the foamer is for a strictly wildland rig and I could not afford CAFS, I would opt for a simple around the pump foamer over the 1600 or the 500. Just my opinion.


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