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Water Cannon drains sloughs quickly

With a long reach, two Water Cannon models can reach into 
low spots in fields and move water out

Do you have annoying sloughs in some of your fields you’d like to get rid of? Or do you need to transfer water to a farm dugout? The people at Double A Trailers of Two Hills, Alberta, think they have the ideal machines to tackle those jobs. The company’s two Water Cannon models have a long reach and the capacity to move high volumes of water very quickly.

The smallest Water Cannon comes with a 1.9-inch nozzle that operates at 90 to 100 p.s.i., so it can shoot a stream of water about 400 feet. And it will move 1,000 gallons per minute in the process. “The suction pipe is eight inches (in diameter),” explains Ben Martens, of Double A Trailers, the company that manufactures the Water Cannon. “And the discharge (without the nozzles) is six inches.”

For those who want to simply transfer water from one location to another. This model will move about 2,500 gallons per minute through its discharge pipe when the spray nozzle is not attached.

But if that isn’t fast enough for you, the recently-introduced, higher-capacity model with twin nozzles can spray water at double the rate of its smaller brother. “We started a second model for this year,” adds Martens. “It has a 10-inch suction, so it will do 2,000 g.p.m. versus 1,000 (through the nozzles). If you’re transferring water through a hose you can go up to 4,500 g.p.m.”

Water spraying across a farmer's field.

The pumps used on the Water Cannon are typically used on large field irrigation systems, so they’re capable of moving water quite a distance.

“That pump is the same one used on irrigation set ups,” explains Martens. “In those (irrigation) cases they’re often pumping a mile or so. (With the Water Cannon) some guys just want to transfer water into a creek or a dug out.”

But the spray nozzles offer farmers the opportunity to move the water sitting in sloughs to drier hilltops before seeding equipment hits the fields in the spring.

“If you can clear them (sloughs) out, you can utilize the water on hilltops, which are always drier,” he adds. “A few farmers I’ve talked with told me that makes a big yield difference. It’s understandable. They’re normally dry and you’re putting water on them before you seed.”

With their long frames, both models of Water Cannon are designed to reach a long way into wet spots and still keep the tractor on dry ground.

“From your tractor hitch right to the back, you have 83 feet (of reach),” Martens says. “And then there is the side boom beside the tractor, so you have another 20 feet there. You’ll get those wet spots that are really small and deep that you don’t really need to get very close to. But then there are some that cover a big area that are really shallow. Then a guy wants to back in as far as he can.”

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To power the Water Cannon, expect to put some reasonably serious horsepower in front of the pto shaft. “You need (a minimum) 80 engine horsepower,” says Martens. “Most guys seem to run with 120 or 130.”

If you expect to have a tractor and Water Cannon sitting in a field and working for several hours, the company offers an optional ATV carrier. Just drive your ATV onto it, to carry it with you. Then you have transportation back to the yard.

“This year we added more options, for another $950 you get a quad carrier,” he adds. “It’s mounted on the right side of the machine. You park your quad up on there when you go to the field.”

The smaller Water Cannon retails with a base price of $32,500. And the larger, double-nozzle version comes in at $41,500.

For more information and to watch a video of the Water Cannon in action, visit the company’s website. www.doubleatrailers.ca.

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Scott Garvey is a freelance writer and video producer. He is also the former machinery editor at Grainews.

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