Australian Made Flexidrag® irrigation hose, the new force in irrigation, is enjoying its second Spring season. Crusader Hose is dedicated to helping Australian and New Zealand farmers get the most efficient use of their travelling, boom and lateral irrigators with their world-standard drag hose. The improvements made are keeping farmers, like Jay Drew, happy customers.
Crusader Hose has been manufacturing layflat hose for over 35 years and earned respect and recognition for being a company dedicated to innovation and continuous improvement. The drag hose is one of the toughest hoses to get right, says Francois Steverlynck, Managing Director of Crusader Hose. “One of our greatest challenges up-to-date has been the manufacturing of a truly high-quality drag hose for Australian conditions. Maintaining a low bend radius, an easy-to-roll compact coil, and a non-cracking exterior with the high-level UV exposure all contribute to the demand on the manufacturing of this hose.”
Flexidrag® is an innovative product designed and manufactured to world’s-best standard. The polyurethane encased linear move and travelling irrigator hose can withstand high pressures on water guns while remaining flexible at low pressures. It has a tight bend radius and can withstand extremely high UV conditions.
The Gippsland region in Victoria maintains 35% of its farms to dairy cattle and growing their food relies on efficient and consistent irrigation of the broad acreage fields. For this, no wonder travelling and lateral move irrigators are such a frequent sight across the region.
Jay Drew, a farmer in the Traralgon/Sale area, has been using the original Crusader Hose irrigation hose for many years. When it came time to purchase 220 m more for his pneumatic laterals, Jay received the newly designed Flexidrag®. Delighted with the improvements made with the new Flexidrag® hose, Jay said, “I’m really pleased with its capability to work so well under low pressures as it requires a lot less energy. The bend radius is perfect, never had an issue with kinking. It’s hard-wearing. It’s great!” The working pressures at 2.8 bar translates to the low pumping costs associated with Flexidrag®. Since then, Jay has purchased Flexidrag® shorts to use as special joiners for his 4”, 5” and 6” pump outlets.
Crusader Hose manufactures Flexidrag® in a large range of diameters from 40 mm to 152 mm and in continuous lengths of up to 350 m. This Australian-made hose is suitable for lateral or winch irrigation, effluent pumping, feed hose to pivot, and general farm use. It is ultra-flexible, UV-stabilised and quality tested. The warehouse is well stocked with 3” and 4” hose ready for despatch to assist farmers in getting the stock they need on time, every time.