The team responsible for the maintenance of the irrigation system at one of South Africa’s premier golf courses chose Vesconite’s Hitemp 150 to deal with high levels of debris and pumps running dry for periods.
The team at Golf Turf Electronics, was finding that the OEM-supplied carbon pump bowl bushings lasted only two months at the Sabi River Sun course, while another polymer’s bushings only lasted six months in the highly abrasive debris-filled water.
As a result, it chose an even tougher polymer material, Hitemp 150, a high-temperature-resistant high-wear-resistant polymer for replacement pump bowl bushings, which is designed to give good resistance to abrasion and is especially suited for dirty applications. Faced with highly abrasive conditions, the bushings lasted a year.
With a temperature rating of 150ºC (300ºF), a short-term temperature limit of 170ºC (340ºF) and a melting point of 265ºC (509ºF), the material was suitable for the harsh operating conditions that it would face, including having to run dry for limited periods.