Part of the Bruder Kompressor’s reputation of longevity and resilience to adverse conditions rests on regular, thorough servicing.
This means the compressor can continue to work at it’s peak efficiency, leaving nothing to chance.
Annual service kits can be purchased through Bruder Australia or you can talk to your preferred service agent for pricing and details.
Coming soon, a series of video tutorials for the annual service.
Do you have a perfectly capable industrial air compressor, that cuts out in the middle of a vital blow-down on a hot day?
You’re not alone – in fact, it’d be one of our most common complaints in the agricultural market. Right when you’re needing it most, the compressor cuts out on overheat. Frustrating? Very.
That’s why the team at Bruder Australia have developed the perfect machine for agricultural use.
Designed and sold for use in extremes of climate from the heat of Saudi Arabia to the cold Siberian conditions, these European-made machines are the tool for the job. The advanced dynamic airflow design optimises the fresh air from the rear of the machine, drawing it past the filters and over the engine to further cool it.
In addition to this, the air end is designed to run with a specially formulated air compressor oil for high ambient temperatures. Further tweaks to the conventional design of an industrial compressor include a reverse-pitch radiator fan at the front of the compressor that blows – not sucks – air out the front of the compressor through a steel firewall. The firewall blocks off a ‘hot’ section inside the compressor cabinet which houses the radiator grille and the exhaust system – meaning the rest of the insulated cabinet keeps cool!
The result of this advanced design is that our compressors are able to operate at much higher capacity in high temperature environments, without needing to shut off to cool down in the middle of a job.
Farmers and insurance companies alike are fast learning that a decent sized air compressor is a very needed and staple piece of farm equipment. Reducing risk is uppermost in the underwriter’s eyes; they don’t want to be settling claims for machinery damage every season. So they appreciate the need for a large-capacity air compressor on site – blowing off the machinery during the harvest season reduces your fire risk which makes everyone happier!
For the farmers – you don’t need that risk, downtime, and loss of a header, plus any loss of crop through fire. It’s a simple matter of vigilance and machinery maintenance – grease known hot-spots regularly, keep an eye on temperatures (using a surface thermometer or in-cabin indicators where provided) and obviously blowing flammable dust, chaff and other debris off the machinery whenever it builds up.
Machinery operators are getting more savvy with the need to blow equipment down at regular intervals through their work day or shift. With adequate protection measures in place, farmers can approach their insurance brokers for discounts on their insurance policies and reducing their premiums.
Less risk, less cost – it’s all a numbers game. Talk to Bruder Australia today and find out how we can help you reduce your insurance overheads!
While the Bruder Kompressor has been designed specifically for use in header and equipment blow-down, the use doesn’t stop with the end of the harvest season. Below are 10 alternative uses for your compressor on the farm.
Tyre inflation – tractor and truck tyres are big and require a lot of air at a fairly high pressure. You could be there all day with a hand or a foot pump, or you could connect your Bruder compressor up to a tyre filler hose attachment and get the job done in minutes. Pro tip: Keep an eye on the pressure of the tyre as it will inflate very quickly; take into consideration the maximum rated tyre pressure on the sidewall of the tyre. A tyre filler with a gauge and trigger built-in will be invaluable for this.
Your compressor can be used on the off-season for any fencing jobs you have going – modern farms generally have many lineal kilometres (or tens of kilometres) of fencing. This can be anything from electric stock fencing to perimeter fencing or post-and-rail type fencing. A compressor with a decent pneumatic picket post driver will help you to get star-droppers, small fence posts etc into the ground with a minimum of fuss. Pro tip: keep your post driver well lubricated, consider using an inline air tool lubricator on the compressed air hose. Remember that often the tool end of the driver will need attention with an anti-seize grease as well.
Jack hammers and pavement breakers can be used for anything from busting up hard ground for a small excavation to chipping rocks and concrete for removal, or getting creative and carving from hard media. Some rock breakers are lighter in weight and can be purchased with an attachment that allows it to double as a post driver as well (see above). When you’re finished, swap the chipper for your blow gun and clean any dust off the area. Pro tip: Remember your PPE. No-one – not even a farmer – is immune from accidents and eyes seem to be particularly vulnerable, not to mention sensitive. Save yourself the pain and get protected.
Your dewatering and transfer of liquids or fine solids are taken care of with a range of water pumps available. Venturi effect dewatering pumps are great for small flooded areas and – at a stretch – could be used for fire protection or dust suppression. The venturi pumps have no moving parts and are very simple to use. Other air-operated pumps can be used for a variety of purposes, most pumps are multi-role and can be used all around the property. Consider using them to empty out tyres that have filled up over time, before you fit them. Pro tip: Hoses and ducting will decrease the efficiency and power of a venturi pump. Keep hose distances to a minimum.
With the right filtration equipment, any painting job becomes that much easier with compressed air. Whether it be a new shed, a steel fence, your old hay rake you’re trying to sell or pretty much anything that needs paint, you’ll find a spray application will generally go on a lot smoother and easier than brush or roller methods. Pressure pack (aerosol) paints are only economical for small projects; painting 15 square metres of building with a spray can will get old fast! Pro tip: Check the paint can for details. Some brands advise on pressure requirements for spraying. Get the thinning ratios right, and check the weather before you start.
Grit blasting (or, sand blasting) has become increasingly feasible to do in-house by yourself, with equipment ranging from several thousand to just a few hundred dollars. Soda blasting is gaining traction as one of the preferred medias in sensitive areas – both grit and soda blasting can be used dry or wet, depending on your preference and desired outcome. Grit blasting can be used for rust removal, paint removal, general clean up etc – it’s even been used to clean up barbecue grills! Pro tip: Choose your nozzle size and media wisely, and only use approved medias. Do your research and talk to someone in the industry if you’re not sure.
With a harvest trailer, the compressor can be used for refueling as well. A compressed air operated diaphragm pump is used to pump fuel from a tank into your machinery or vehicles. It’s like one of those 12v ute-mounted refueling caddies but faster. The team at Bruder Kompressor have experience in creating these harvest trailers to suit the needs of the user. Talk with us today to see how it works! Pro tip: Why stop at just diesel? Use the compressed air supply to run grease pumps, oil (drum) pumps and even waste oil pumps.
If you don’t have a smaller workshop air compressor, the Bruder Kompressor can double up for this and provide the needed power for any air tools, sanders, drills, grinders, nailers etc you may need to use. Compressed air tools often have a power advantage over their electric or battery powered contemporaries; in addition to this, air operated tools won’t burn out if you push them too hard. Pro tip: Check the air requirements for each tool – some will require a filtered and lubricated air supply, others will need pressure regulated supply. Consider a workshop compressed air storage vessel to save on diesel.
Equipment cleaning is easy with Bruder’s range of different blow guns and lances. From the Force 5 Megablaster which is suited ideally to harvest applications (but will work anywhere high volume air is needed), to the little workshop air wand to get the swarf off your drill press or lathe (with safety glasses, please), any amount of cleaning can be done using compressed air from your Bruder Kompressor. Pro tip: The Megablaster can be cut down and re-threaded at a shorter length, if it’s too long to get into tight little spaces. If you keep the off-cut, thread that as well (it’s a 1/2” BSPT for your information) and use it with a socket to get it back to full length later.
If you can’t shift something with air, try some waterblasting. Most small pressure washers are electric, some of the more industrial units are petrol or diesel powered, but some nozzles are available that allow you to waterblast using a high volume, high pressure air supply as well. These nozzles generally aren’t cheap, but they are highly effective! Pro tip: Using hot water can help get the extra stubborn debris to move, if it’s really stuck on! Use a hot water suction hose, a standard hose can become too flexible and may collapse with the negative pressure.
Or, if you’re not using it for any of the above, there are often plenty of people on Gumtree, Facebook etc who will borrow your compressor, for a price – advertise it for rent and see what you can get out of it! Pro tip: Protect yourself with paperwork. If someone goes and wrecks your equipment or runs it past it’s annual service hours without the necessary service, puts the wrong fuel in it, scuffs or marks it or some other silly mistake, you want to know you can get payment out of them for repairs. Dry hire agreement templates can be downloaded for free online. If you’re covered, you might find the user a little more careful with your equipment.
What people have found, is once you’ve got one you won’t know how you got along without it. A portable air compressor is such a versatile piece of equipment. Talk to us today to find out how we can help you to acheive what is important to you.
In response to feedback from farmers, we have worked with our local trailer manufacturer to develop an option for the compressor mounting.
We now have 2 trailer styles available, with the differences outlined below;
Basic Farm Trailer
Weight with compressor: 750kg
Total width: 2800mm
Total length: 1650mm
Suspension: 4-leaf spring
Wheels: Ford 5-stud Sunraisia-style 14” x 5 1/2” J Rims
Lights: LED mounted to back of compressor cabinet. No side lights
Can be registered: Yes
Spare tyre: No
Deluxe (original) Trailer
Weight with compressor: 1090kg
Total width: 1690mm
Total length: 3580mm
Suspension: Heavy-duty 4-leaf spring
Wheels: Ford 5-stud Sunraisia-style 16”
Brakes: Mechanical drums
Lights: LED built into trailer, with LED side markers
Can be registered: Yes
Spare tyre: Included
What is the big deal with harvester cleaning compressors? Why do some compressors make the grade, and others not?
This short article goes over some of the challenges this niche market offers, including why an industrial compressor won’t be ideal for harvest blow down.
The first aspect is obviously the heat; the Australian grain harvest generally falls within the hotter months, late August through to December or January. This creates strain on the compressor as it has to operate at very high load during the heat of the day, which in turn heats up the engine, compressor and components inside the cabinet and could cause the compressor to shut down. Often a user will open the cabinet to his compressor during use, to allow more air-flow through, however this is not recommended with the Bruder. So excessive heat can cause industrial compressors to shut down in peak demand, leading to downtime for the operator, header driver, chaser driver and any auxiliary staff, while the compressor cools down enough to use again.
The other reason is not so obvious initially; have you noticed especially lower-flow industrial compressors need the air end oil topping up more frequently? This is because the compressor relies on some back pressure from the tool or point of use, often a jack hammer or pavement breaker, to allow the compressor to maintain a steady minimum pressure in the air/oil separator. Below this pressure, the air/oil separator cannot perform properly and oil will flow through to the tool or blow gun. This is why some operators who are using the machine at full-flow will crack the valve shut a fraction at a time while still using it, monitoring the pressure and keeping it at a constant level. In itself this is not a huge issue, the problem presents itself when the air-end runs low or out of oil, which can then cause it to overheat. If the airend seizes you can be up for a new compressor (hint; Bruder have a good unit!), or at best a total rebuild. Higher flow compressors don’t face this issue so much, as they have plenty of capacity to maintain the required pressure and keep the separator doing it’s job.
This is why a compressor that is properly sized for the requirements is important, and we believe we have the perfect machine in the AG176.
You’ll be blown away!
The Force 5 series is designed for heavy duty agricultural, industrial and construction cleaning applications.
Built for the toughest environments, they deliver maximum compressed air when and where required.
Featuring a dead-man trigger, venturi nozzle, and auxiliary handle, the Force 5 Megablaster is the safe and effective alternative to dangerous home made versions.
Engineered to be paired with portable diesel air compressors or larger factory compressors, the venturi nozzle multiplies the airflow at the tip to provide maximum thrust and high performance.
The lance can be cut down to any length (common preset lengths below) to suit your exact requirements.
Note: When selecting wand length, please be advised that this does not include the venturi nozzle or trigger handle. The overall length will be roughly 350mm longer.
Force 5 Megablaster Blowgun with 1500mm Extension: F51500
Force 5 Megablaster Blowgun with 1200mm Extension: F51200*
Force 5 Megablaster Blowgun with 600mm Extension: F50600
Force 5 Megablaster Blowgun with 300mm Extension: F50300
*Most popular length for farmers and contract harvesters/balers.
All Force 5 series guns come with a Nitto quick-connect fitting or a Minsup claw coupling depending on your preference.
The Ultra Venturi blowgun series are the perfect accompaniment to the Force 5 Megablaster blowguns.
With a lower compressed air consumption, shorter nozzles, and a one-handed operation, these blowguns are great for getting into tighter access areas. Lower air consumption means they can be used with smaller capacity air compressors, and less air volume at the tip means it can be used around radiators and inside air cleaners (with extreme caution!) with a lower risk of damage.
With a venturi nozzle to amplify the compressed air flow at the point of use, the Ultra Venturi still blows enough compressed air to dislodge stubborn grit and debris. If you supply this blowdown tool with a 1/2” hose instead of the 3/4” for the Megablaster, this allows you more maneuverability and freedom of movement in places like the header bin, inside the nooks and crannies of a baler, radiators and other delicate areas.
Unlike the Force 5 series, the Ultra Venturi guns are not able to be cut down to length or supplied with a bent wand.
Ultra Venturi with 900mm Wand: UV36
Ultra Venturi with 300mm Wand: UV12
Ultra Venturi blowguns are not supplied with fittings as standard, these guns have a 3/8” female port in the base of the handle. Service, parts and repair kits available.
With insurance companies cracking down, and more farmers seeking more efficient options, the use of compressed air for blowing down headers has increased dramatically over the last decade. Bruder Australia is launching a short series of articles addressing common misconceptions and to assist farmers with finding the right compressor for their needs…
How many cfm do I need? Common question, some say 90, others say 400. The answer to this seems to depend on who you ask. From our experience, the balance of performance versus cost effectiveness and convenience is around the 140cfm mark.
The reason is not so much to do with whether it will blow down your header properly, but more the mechanical side. A portable diesel compressor requires a certain pressure level to be maintained in the air/oil separator to prevent the oil from entering the air lines.
This is not such an issue with electric compressors which often have a receiver to act as a “buffer”, and it’s not such an issue with diesel compressors in the civil market where they are often used with a flow restricting tool (e.g. jack hammer) which provides back pressure. This is however, an issue in the agriculture market where the machines are being used at ‘free-flow’ for a large percentage of their working life.
While this isn’t going to kill your compressor on the first day, it does affect the performance and, along with the inconvenience of oil in your air lines, can create more significant longer term issues. This sweet spot of back pressure isn’t an exact science, it varies from machine to machine and can even be affected by what oils are used and the ambient temperatures the compressor is being used in. However, as a rule of thumb, we say around 140cfm.
Ideally we are looking for a pressure of above 3.5 bar when the valves are fully open. If your compressor cannot acheive this, a suggestion is to install a high flow regulator, or slightly close a ball valve until the pressure is maintained at this minimum level. This will provide the needed pressure for the separator to work.
The Bruder AG176 has a free air delivery of 176cfm, at which the pressure is normally maintained at 4 – 4.5 bar.