Thread: Need help on a foam proportioner
09-08-2010, 03:26 PM #1
Need help on a foam proportioner
Our first due engine had a Hale Series V foam proportioner on it that finally gave up the ghost. We're a small department with a limited budget, and the alternatives for this unit which is no longer supported by Hale (go figure), and for which there are not parts available for are the Hale Foam Logix and the Foam Pro 2.1 systems both suggested by our fire equipment supplier who installs and repairs our larger systems in our apparatus. Cost is $8,000+ and $11,000+ for these systems which provide foam to our 2 - 1 3/4" pre-connects and 1" booster line. So we were looking at a large chunk of money which we did not budget for. A couple weeks ago the chief mech at our fire equipment company called with a third alternative which is cheaper, mostly mechanical/hydraulic and about a third the cost of the cheaper of the 2 systems stated above. Unfortunately he has no experience with it. It's called a Neel Water Stretcher 6.1 here's the name of the company; neel fire protection apparatus, out of Waco TX. The problem I'm running into is it's a small company that I've never heard of and I have no performance/maintenance data on the foam system. It touts that it will provide 1000 GPM of foam at 1% which is much better than what we currently have (had?). The price is right and being non-electronic, service and maintenance should be a snap. It has a 3 year warranty as well. My question is does anyone have any experience/knowledge of this system? If so can you give me some info as to problems, faults, and success stories as well. Any help will be greatly appreciated and we can get our first due engine back in service as soon as possible with foam, which we use whenever we can.
Last edited by firemanjerry; 09-08-2010 at 03:40 PM.FiremanJerry
09-08-2010, 07:23 PM #2
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09-09-2010, 01:56 AM #3
Are you running strictly class A foam or do you need to be able to run both A and B?
The reason I ask is because it can have a big impact on the size of the foam proportioner you need.Just a guy...
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09-09-2010, 10:33 AM #4
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Based on the fact that you are only supplying 2 - 1/34" and a 1" booster line, and assuming Class "A" foam only, I would suggest looking at the the Waterous "Aquis" http://www.waterousco.com/foamSys/aquis.html or the FoamPro 1600 foam proportioners http://www.foampro.com/en-us/Product...s/Features.htm .
These are both smaller foam pumps but big enough to handle the lines you mention. Both companies are reputable and been around for a while.
Hope this helps.
09-09-2010, 11:44 AM #5
We currently use F-500 and are going to be changing over to FireAde 2000 since we cant get F-500 anymore locally which has worked out much better for us than the class a and b route.FiremanJerry
09-09-2010, 11:47 AM #6
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09-09-2010, 04:49 PM #8
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