Pressure washers and the mining industry – a partnership that runs deep
Pressure washers are a mainstay in many areas, their versatility and ease of use
making them perfect for cleaning applications in industries as diverse as farming, construction, and manufacturing. It may
be surprising to learn that they are also quite efficient in another field – the
The mining industry presents certain, unique cleaning challenges not found elsewhere.
The harsh underground environment is particularly conducive to generating dirt,
dust and grime due to the prevalence of overburden, the rock and soil that lies
over the area of interest that is to be removed. Mining equipment is often very
large, and some of it never leaves the mine, so machinery that can be used underground
is a necessity. Any below ground machinery must be electric-powered for safety reasons.
Because of the size of the mining equipment, a combination of water and high pressure
is most effective in removing thick buildups of clay, mud and debris.
Hotsy pressure washers provide
a solution. Why? Because a Hotsy pressure washer is built to hold up extremely well
in the harsh demands of the mining industry. Rugged and built to last in extreme
conditions, Hotsy industrial-grade pressure washers offer miners a cleaning solution
both above and below ground. Standard hot water pressure washers, like
HWE Series, are perfect for underground use. The 5700 Series pressure washer
is ideal for above ground wash bays, an area for cleaning mining equipment. Additionally,
trailer- and truck-mounted models, such as the HSS series,
are excellent for mobile applications.
Ray Moher, owner of
Hotsy Water Blast in Edmonton, Alberta, - the oldest and largest-volume
Hotsy dealer in Canada – can testify to the abilities of these machines. His company
has been providing Hotsy pressure washers to various coal, tar sand, and diamond
mines for years, and he has seen first-hand how capable they are at meeting the
cleaning needs for various mining equipment.
Ray offers his customers cleaning solutions. In fact, before a few of the current
Hotsy models were introduced, Ray looked for an alternative way to provide equipment
that would meet their needs. He did so by combining Hotsy’s 875,000 BTU natural
gas fired pressure washer – one with the biggest heater in the industry – with a
pumping module he manufactured to deliver 10 gallons per minute at 2000 PSI. This
eclipsed the industry standard of 8 gallons per minute, and provided a custom machine
built exclusively for the mining industry to conquer their cleaning challenges.
According to Moher, water is the most important ingredient in this type of application,
even more so than pressure. “At 10 GPM, you are delivering approximately 100 pounds
of water a minute,” Moher says. “That does a lot of cleaning. Add heat and you cut
through oil and grease in no time.”
Cleaning equipment used in an inherently dirty environment, such as the mining industry,
calls for safe, powerful equipment. Tapping into the knowledge and expertise of
a seasoned expert – like your
local Hotsy dealer – is not only a wise choice, but the best way to learn
about Hotsy pressure washers. Miners have come to trust the Hotsy name to clean
their equipment. Isn’t it about time you did too?