The PEAKPLUNGE is constructed of light weight,
high grade steel. Framework is RHS section clad with sheet steel to form
a water-tight tank. Walkway surfaces are non-slip perforated pressed
sheet with ribs. Ramp floors are a unique pressed "step" profile to
allow a comfortable grip by the sheep when entering or leaving the dip.
The PEAKPLUNGE is totally mobile and is self
contained in the towing configuration. It is easily towed behind a car
and is equipped with new rims and radial tyres and spare. Standard tyres
are Light Truck and rated at 850 Kg. each. Any type of hub or wheel can
be fitted to suit your requirements. The leaf spring suspension is rated
at 1,400 Kg and provides a smooth ride over the roughest roads. The unit
can be maneuvered by hand and set up for operation in otherwise
difficult locations if required. Cable operated over-ride brakes with
handbrake is fitted as well as removable tail lights. A VIN plate is
fitted for road registration.
If required the dip can be set up by one
person. After considering ease of sheep flow, access to water etc. the
most convenient location is selected. The PEAKPLUNGE is detached from
the towing vehicle after the front adjustable leveling legs have been
extended and pinned. The rear of the dip is then jacked (with the
high-lift jack supplied) and the two suspension sub-frame pins removed,
the dip can now be lowered to the ground and leveled. If the four (4)
optional sidewinder jacks are fitted, simply raise the dip and un-pin
the suspension then lower to the level working height position.
FILLING AND MIXING
With the 50 mm drainage ball valve closed and
the cleanout bung plugged, filling can commence. If boggy conditions are
likely, some packing may be required under each leg to prevent sinking.
While the dip is filling the ramps can be removed from their transport
stowage under the central walkway and assembled in their correct
locations. Chemical can also be added with care taken to ensure that it
is properly mixed. An inlet port, positioned below the water level and
below the entry point of the sheep, is provided for constant
replenishment or for topping up. The turbulence created by the sheep
entering keeps the liquid mixed plus there is no exposed stream of fresh
mixture to enable splashing. Markers are provided on the inside of the
dip which indicates each 500 litres of fall in the level.
The sheep enter the PEAKPLUNGE via an inclined
4 metre ramp which has a pressed metal "V" shaped base with the unique
"step" profiled floor. The two sides of the ramp sheet metal and are
removable for transport. The entry end of the ramp can be raised to any
desired height e.g. loading from a woolshed door. A separate catwalk
with a non-slip surface attaches to the dip beside the loading ramp and
enables complete operator access to the sheep and the dip. When the
sheep reach the top of the loading ramp they enter an enclosed 90 degree
curve with a sloped, slippery floor angled towards the wash, when they
reach this point they are unable to retreat. The entry point is covered
to contain any splashing when the sheep drop in.
As each sheep emerges from the covered entry
area, the operator standing on the central walkway is well positioned to
provide at least two required "dunking" using the provided forked rod by
pushing their heads well under the surface. If required greater
saturation can be achieved easily by this operator pushing the sheep
rearward as well as down forcing each sheep to remain in the wash
longer. The inside walls of the PEAKPLUNGE are smooth with no
protrusions allowing ease of sheep movement.
EXIT AND DRAINING
After completing the swim the sheep find their
feet and walk up the outlet slope dripping wet. Slow movers can easily
be reached and prodded by the operator if necessary. The forward view
and non-slip stepped slope encourages the sheep to walk down and away.
Excess wash which drips from the sheep is drained into a flat tank at
the base of the ramp and can be pumped back into the dip.
Safety rails are provided to prevent injury
should an operator misplace their footing. The chance of slipping is
eliminated through the use of purpose designed, pressed and pierced
non-skid sheet metal on all walking surfaces. Excess water on all
walkways are drained off. The design, layout and operating procedure
means the chance of pesticides splashing on the operators is minimal.
On completion of dipping the remaining wash is
drained through the 50 mm ball valve or pumped out for safe disposal or
for further use at another location. The remaining sludge and dirt on
the bottom can easily be flushed out the plug hole which is located on
the floor of the tank at the front. The PEAKPLUNGE can then be raised
firstly at the rear and the suspension pinned, then the front. Ramps are
also dismantled, the sides clamp on each outer side of the dip, the ramp
bases and the catwalk slide in the back under the central walkway, all
fittings need to be secured for transport.
Max. Swim Length:
OPTIONS AND ACCESSORIES AVAILABLE
Larger draining/mixing tanks, water cartage/mixing tanks,
loading ramp extensions, hoses and fittings, filling and transfer pumps,
leadup and forcing systems. The PEAKPLUNGE can be built to suit
containerization for export, minimal assembly is required before
The PEAKPLUNGE can be built in flat pack form to
suit containerization for export