Goscor Power Products (GPP) has launched a low-pressure fire-fighter
unit which budget-conscious farmers have taken to in a big way.
Long-time GPP dealer in Rustenburg and leading equipment supplier, Blitz Lawnmowers, has been successfully promoting the new fire-fighter with the co-ops and the farmers in the North West region.
“The Goscor low-pressure fire-fighter is an outstanding product,” says Blitz Lawnmowers owner Riaan Koorts. “We have in a short space of time sold 33 units to farmers in the area, including 12 units to a single farmer.”
GPP MD Mark Bester says there will be significant growth in areas where low-pressure fire fighting is appropriate and Goscor Power Products will soon be marketing it throughout the southern African region.
The unit still has the GPP 620l step-tank which is the same tank used on the high-pressure unit. It is powered by the Robin-Subaru ‘Bullet Proof’ PTG 50mm pump motor, which delivers the water through a 20mm fire-hydrant hose and then dispersed through a fire-fighting branch gun. The motor comes with a two-year warranty.
The GPP low-pressure fire-fighting delivers low pressure but has increased volume of water, which increases the cooling effect on the fire. “It is therefore versatile in that it can be used for grass fires as well as in bushy areas,” says Bester. “In the Bushveld environment, for example, the low-pressure unit is ideal for the most prevalent type of grass/tree fire, where a greater volume of water is ideal.”
Bester adds that one of the most significant advantages of the unit is that it can be reloaded in under a minute.Koorts says that another advantage of the Goscor low-pressure fire-fighters is that they reduce the risk of unintentionally exacerbating the fire. “High-pressure water delivery can sometimes create a vacuum which can, in fact, drive the fire on,” he says.
“We always strive to bring the best products to our clients, and Goscor’s products certainly fit that category,” says Koorts. “Moreover, Goscor’s commitment to excellent after-sales service and constant availability of spares makes a significant difference.”
Blitz Lawnmowers has traded in Rustenburg for 32 years. It has established excellent relations with the public, mines, construction firms and farmers, offering top-of-the-market products, services and repairs.
GPP’s fire-fighter range is backed by Goscor’s nationwide dealer network in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.
Caption 1: The new low pressure fire-fighter from GPP
Goscor Power Products, sole distributors in southern Africa of Robin Subaru engines have issued a warning about fraudulent Robin engines being imported into South Africa.
Mark Bester, Goscor Power Products MD, says there are companies that are importing fake Robin look-alike engines or finished products that are powered by these engines.
“We are extremely concerned about this practise,” says Bester. “Firstly we want to protect consumers from products which we cannot vouch for and for which we could obviously never give a warranty and, secondly, we are concerned that the Robin Subaru brand, one of the world’s leading brands, could suffer damage in South Africa.”
Bester says that the Goscor group will leave no stone unturned in its quest to take legal action against companies that try and pass these copies off as genuine Robin engines. “We are currently investigating legal routes to counter these fraudsters and we are confident of success. In fact one of our competitors recently won a court case in very similar circumstances to those we now find ourselves in,” says Bester.
In order to make sure that you are buying a genuine Robin Subaru engine, please ensure that:
• the Robin brand name is on the starter of the engine (see pic)
• the Robin brand name is professionally moulded into the block of the engine (see pic)
• the serial number is at the foot of the engine. This will ALWAYS start with the engine model, like EY20DJ, followed by the actual serial number of the engine. (see pic)
“Customers and users of genuine Robin engines must be aware that they are protected by the new consumer act and we invite all customers and consumers to contact us directly to inform us of any companies involved in trying to pass off fake Robin engines as genuine Robin engines,” concludes Bester.
Ensure that the serial number is velar at the foot of the engine, starts with the engine model number followed by the serial number of the engine
Ensure that the Robin brand name is professionally moulded into the block of the engine
Ensure that the Robin brand name is on the starter of the engine
Leading lawnmower OEMs, Tandem and Professional Mower Corporation (PMC), are the latest in a line of top lawnmower specialists to start using the state of the art 5.5 hp vertical petrol engine from Subaru, which was launched in South Africa by Goscor Power Products (GPP) in Q3 of 2011.
GPP MD Mark Bester says that both Tandem and PMC are highly respected in the lawnmower industry and it’s a real feather in Goscor’s cap that they have joined the list of professional operators who recognise the great attributes of this Subaru engine.
“This engine has already started the process of GPP re-establishing itself as a leader in the petrol-engine lawnmower industry after the demise of the EC–10 market-leading lawnmower engine,” Bester says.
Like the renowned Subaru EX-series engines with which GPP has had so much success, the new EA-series vertical engine is made with Overhead Cam Technology (OHC) and it is the only OHC engine that has a cast-iron sleeve and roller bearings, which help to significantly increase the engine’s life-span. "In addition, this engine has the lowest emissions of all engines in its class in the world," says Bester.
One of the most important features of the new EA series vertical engine is that lubrication takes place through the chain, enabling the engine to run at an angle. "This is a critical feature for lawnmowers, which obviously do not only work on flat terrain,” he says.
Other important features include:
• Hemispherical combustion chamber, which enables a high compression ratio, providing more power than competitive engines while reducing fuel consumption.
• Intake and exhaust valves that are uniquely positioned to optimise the intake and exhaust ports for added power, increased fuel efficiency and lower emissions.
• Timing chain of hardened steel which reduces maintenance and noise levels.
• Rocker Arms constructed from hardened steel which increase durability and reduce maintenance requirements.
The new Subaru EA series vertical engine comes with a three-year warranty.
For further information please contact Mark Bester on 011 230 2600.
Caption 1:The new Subaru engine supplied by Goscor Power Products
The demand for Goscor Power Product’s (GPP) compact, 7HP generator is soaring and according to GPP MD, Mark Bester, there is no reason why demand should not continue to grow.
“Our generator is ideal for a host of users like ‘bakkie builders’, farmers, handymen and the general domestic household. Applications include powering up angle grinders, small construction products, drills, fridges, security systems, deep freezers, lights and many other appliances used on a daily basis,” says Bester.
He adds that the cost effectiveness and reliability of GPP3000 generator has made it popular even at times when the main electricity supply is more reliable. “It is an extremely versatile machine and can be used almost anywhere.”
Neatly packaged in a roll cage, the GPP3000 is powered by the new EX-21, 7HP Subaru engine and is extremely light on fuel and oil. It’s very easy to start, is a low-noise machine and also has long service intervals.
Subaru engines, with their unique overhead cam (OHC) technology have developed a reputation for being one of the most reliable engines for this type of application in the world.
“Subaru is the world leader in OHC design’” says Bester. “These engines have fewer parts, which means less wear and tear and less that can go wrong. Also, an OHC engine runs quieter meaning less noise and vibration, plus more torque and more horse power."
He adds that Subaru engines, because of their unique construction and superior performance are fast becoming the preferred brand of engine in a wide range of applications and have certainly stood the test of time in the generator environment.
“The GPP3000 is competitively priced and a very easy to own, easy to use generator, which should be part of every household in the country,” concluded Bester.
Please view our contact page for a dealer in your area.
Caption: The ‘easy to own easy to use’ Goscor GPP3000 Generator.
Always a step ahead, Goscor Power Products (GPP), distributors of Subaru engines has geared up for the planting season with the development of a brand new ‘long-coupled’ liquid fertilizer pump, which can be powered by either its robust Subaru EY20 engine or its Premium Series Subaru EX engines in 5hp, 6hp and 7 hp options. “This new model range complements our already successful range of close-coupled Banjo Fertilizer Pumps,” says GPP MD Mark Bester.
He adds that the main differentiating feature of this new pump is that the pump is separated from the engine. “Even though the unit will be slightly more expensive, many farmers prefer to separate the pump from the engine to ensure that, in case the pump leaks, corrosive liquids would not spill on the engine,” says Bester
According to Bester being able to offer from 5hp to 7hp engines represents a significant competitive advantage in the fertilizer application. “To be able to offer this range of engine sizes in the complex liquid fertilizer industry is unique and a niche offering that will be very attractive to farmers,” he says.
Having high hp engines is particularly important as, depending on application, higher engine hp increases the pump flow and, as fertilizers weigh much more than water and can cause the engine to labour during fertilizer off-loading, this is a particularly useful feature.
The new long-coupled pump is mounted onto a duplex base in a full-wrap frame mounted on rubber mountings. The pump is fitted with a pedestal which has a stainless steel shaft coupled to the engine by means of the coupling, which is protected by a coupling guard. The full-wrap frame, while offering additional protection to the entire pump and engine unit, also enables easy handling.
GPP has started building stocks and will be ready for demand in line with the September 2011 to February 2012 season. Distribution of the product will be through Goscor’s nation-wide network of dealers.
Please go to www.goscor.co.za for a dealer in your area and for further information call Goscor Power Products on 011 238 2600.
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The new ‘long-coupled’ liquid fertilizer pump from Goscor Power Products.
Leading engine and engine-products distributor, Goscor Power Products (GPP) reports demand for its custom-made fire-fighters is growing in leaps and bounds.
GPP MD, Mark Bester, says that the company’s philosophy of providing the right solutions for its customers’ needs rather than being just another ‘off-the-shelf’ supplier is paying dividends. “Users have different needs and we try to accommodate these wherever possible,” he says.
A good example of this was the recent 1000l-tank fire-fighting unit with two hose-reels, which Goscor built for a few of its customers who made the special request. “For these units we used our TR60 pump that delivers 40l per min at 35-bar and upgraded the engine using our Premium Series EX17- 6hp Subaru engine. We are now working on developing a 2500l tank option! ” says Bester.
Most of the 1000l units were delivered in the Western Cape and Free State.
Another example is that, in response to a special request from a customer in Swaziland who wanted a lighter unit with a longer hose (100m as opposed to the standard 20m), GPP developed a 250l-tank fire-fighter, which will be used in hilly terrain. “The longer hose enables the user to go further on foot into this challenging countryside to places where a bakkie can’t access,” says Bester.
Building fire-fighters to custom-made specifications has helped GPP exceed all sales expectations this year. “We sold well above our predictions and we were even forced to fly in two batches of pumps just to keep up with the demand,” says Bester
He adds that the advantage of GPP’s fire-fighter range is that it need not stand idle during the low fire risk months. “Our machines are designed to handle a range of chemical products, including fertilizers, dips and crop protection sprays. These chemicals will not harm any part of our pumps as the seals are especially selected to handle this while the piston is made from stainless steel. Most competing pistons are ceramic, expensive and very sensitive to chemicals,” he says.
GPP’s fire-fighting units have managed to balance the three most important ingredients: usability, quality and price. “We offer a product that is easy to operate, powered by the best engines in the world and is very reasonably priced. The excellent demand for our fire-fighters has enabled us to buy more competitively through increased bulk purchases and we are passing this advantage on to our customers,” Bester concluded.
GPP’s fire-fighter range is backed by Goscor’s nationwide dealer network in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland.
For more information contact Mark Bester on 011 393 1413.
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(IMG_0609) The 250l fire-fighter machine, with extra long hose, made especially by Goscor Power Products for a Swaziland customer.
(IMG_0612) 1000l tank, with two hose-reels, purpose-made for Western Cape and Free State customers.
Leading engine and engine-products distributor, Goscor Power Products (GPP) reports that there is substantial demand for its fire-fighter ‘semis’ – i.e. stand-alone units mounted in a protective role-over frame for those who have their own tanks.
“Many of our customers already own their own supply tanks and prefer to purchase our ‘semi’ fire-fighting units especially those units that can power two hose-reels simultaneously,” says GPP MD Mark Bester.
He adds that these units are purpose-built with Goscor’s TR60 Pump and are powered by the renowned Subaru Overhead Cam (OHC) 6 HP EX17 Engine. They have two reels of 20m hoses and two spray guns - one to combat the fire and the other to ‘mop up’ any part of the fire that is still burning “Usually the one operator sprays while driving the bakkie, while the second operator sprays while walking beside it,” he says.
Subaru is the world leader in OHC design. “These engines have fewer parts, which means less wear and tear and less that can go wrong. Also, an OHC engine runs quieter meaning less noise and vibration, plus more torque and more horse power,” says Bester
“The beauty of the Fire Fighter range is that it need not stand idle during the low fire risk months,” continues Bester. “It provides an efficient and capable all-round service to a wide number of users as it is designed to handle a range of chemical products, including fertilizers, dips and crop protection sprays. These chemicals will not harm any part of our pumps as the seals are especially selected to handle this while the piston is made from stainless steel. Most competing pistons are ceramic, expensive and very sensitive to chemicals.
“Subaru engines, because of their unique construction and superior performance are fast becoming the preferred brand of engine in a wide range of applications and they have certainly stood the test of time in harsher applications like construction, agriculture and forestry,” he says.
GPP’s fire-fighting units have managed to balance the three most important ingredients: usability, quality and price. “We offer a product that is easy to operate, powered by the best engines in the world and is very reasonably priced. The excellent demand for our fire-fighters has enabled us to buy more competitively through increased bulk purchases and we are passing this advantage on to our customers,” he says.
GPP’s fire-fighter range is backed by Goscor’s nationwide dealer network and in Namibia, Botswana and Sawziland. “Having been in the business for 25 years, Goscor has built up an enviable reputation for supplying reliable and dependable world-class products with service and parts back-up to match,” concludes Bester.
From the time of their inception in 2000, Owendale have become industry leaders in their field. Owendale have soared to great heights, not only in the superior service that they provide to their customers, but by also being ahead of their time in terms of their overall product offering.
Owendale have enhanced their competitive edge within the Kimberly area by becoming a dealer to Goscor Power Products (GPP) in August 2010, and by being the first company to purchase new fire fighting units from (GPP), namely, 10 High Pressure Units and 10 Low Pressure Units.
Owendale’s purchase can be considered to be one grounded on product confidence and product understanding, together with long term customer support and product reliability offered by (GPP). All (GPP) Fire Fighting Units are powered by a Robin Subaru Engine and the technical specs vary within the range. The range includes the High Pressure Unit, Medium Pressure Unit, Low Pressure Unit and Semi-Fire Fighter Unit. These units are robust and have been designed to fit the demanding job that is required of them. Another feature that makes these units so special, besides their reliability and unique design, is that they have been lined with 10 millimeters of black coating on the inside. This has a functional purpose of reducing fungi growth in the tank. The tanks have also been designed in such a way that they are easy to clean.
Another specialised feature of these units is that they can effortlessly fit in the back of 3 ¼ ton bakkie, thus making them uncomplicated when rushing to extinguish a fire. The 20 meter long hose is a great aspect, that makes it easy for one to park well clear of the flames whilst extinguishing the fire.
This new cutting edge range is competitively priced in the fire fighting market and this is directly linked to it being designed and assembled right here, by (GPP), with only the engine (EY 20) and the pump (TR 22) being brought in to complete this remarkable Fire Fighter. These units are proving to be invaluable within the market. More of these units have been sold during the month of April 2011, than any other comparable Fire Fighter during the whole of 2010.
In line with Goscor Power Products’ (GPP) burgeoning reputation for introducing innovative power products into the industry, it has now brought to the market the Subaru EA8R 120cc engine, a revolutionary light-weight, high-output engine designed specifically for rammers.
According to Mark Bester, GPP GM, this extremely compact engine is the lightest 4-stroke engine on the market yet produces the maximum 4 HP for engines of this class. Moreover, he says it has a critical advantage over other rammer engines – a perfect centre of gravity.
“This means significantly better balance and less vibration which translates into a more efficient rammer, which is easier to operate,” says Bester.
Easy, safe and efficient operation is central to the design of the Subaru EA8R. Apart from the perfect centre of gravity, it has an oil sensor that works during operation cutting out the engine automatically if the oil runs too low and also a safety-stop built in, in case of mishap.
Bester says the engine will be very competitively priced. “With its price and quality advantage, we foresee more and more OEMs bringing in rammers without engines and then buying the Subaru EA8R from us. Also, this will become the first choice as a replacement engine.”
As with all GPP’s products, the Subaru EA8R will be supported by Goscor’s nationwide dealer network. “Having been in the business for 25 years, we have built an enviable reputation for supplying reliable and dependable world-class products with service and parts back-up to match,” concludes Bester.
For more information please contact Mark Bester on: 011 230 2600
Leading engine and engine-products distributor, Goscor Power Products (GPP), has expanded its fire-fighting equipment range and has reduced its prices by up to 20%.
“The excellent demand for our fire-fighters has enabled us to buy more competitively through increased bulk purchases and we are passing this advantage on to our customers,” says GPP GM Mark Bester.
The new range includes:
- an entry level low-pressure unit for the cost-conscious user. Driven by a 5 HP Subaru EY side valve engine, this unit is suitable for a wide range of applications on the farm.
- a medium-pressure unit designed specifically for forestry applications. Powered by a 6 HP and 7 HP Subaru Overhead Cam (OHC) engine with Davey pump, this unit is available in both single-stage and 2-stage models.
-a high-pressure unit powered by a 5 HP and 6 HP Subaru OHC engine with a high-pressure Ruby pump capable of 22l – 40 l /minute at 35 bar. The unit is suitable to drive two hose reels.
Subaru is the world leader in OHC design. “These engines have fewer parts, which means less wear and tear and less that can go wrong. Also, an OHC engine runs quieter meaning less noise and vibration, plus more torque and more horse power,” says Bester.
“Another advantage of the OHC design is that it is capable of achieving low emissions which easily meet the stringent EPA standards which are becoming increasingly important in South Africa.”
Bester says that among the important improved features on the units is the hose reel, which incorporates a newly designed ratchet system that prevents excess run-on of hose. “You can pull off just what you need,” he says.
“With the winter months approaching and the grass reaching unprecedented heights due to the very good rains, farmers, game farms and co-ops would be well advised to be prepared with a rapid response solution to the likely outbreak of grass fires,” says Bester.
He adds that one of the important advantages of the GPP Fire Fighter range is that it need not stand idle during the low fire risk months. “It provides an efficient and capable all-round service to a wide number of users as it is designed to handle a range of chemical products, including fertilizers, dips and crop protection sprays. The high-pressure unit is also capable of cleaning farm and industrial equipment such as tractors, dairies and cement mixers.”
GPP offers a number of optional configurations such as double hose reels, varying size tanks, trailer-mounted units and stand-alone units mounted in a protective role-over frame for those who have their own tanks.
The Fire Fighter range is backed by Goscor’s nationwide dealer network. “Having been in the business for 25 years, the Goscor Group has built an enviable reputation for supplying reliable and dependable world-class products with service and parts back-up to match,” concludes Bester.
(GPP fire-fighting_12): You can pull off exactly the length of hose you need with the new ratchet system.
(GPP fire-fighting_32): GPP GM Mark Bester with the new high pressure fire fighter unit.