Recently the Federal Government extended the instant asset write-off [or ‘tax break’] for another year and increased the threshold from $25,000 to $30,000.
The Australian Taxation Office states that: businesses with a turnover from $10 million to less than $50 million may now be eligible for the instant asset write-off for assets purchased for less than $30,000 each from 7.30pm (AEDT) 2 April 2019 to 30 June 2020.
Whether it’s end of financial year or end of calendar year, it’s always a good time to invest in your business.
Taking advantage of the instant asset write-off is a great way to help grow and protect your business.
Disclaimer: This article is provided for information purposes only and is correct at the time of publication. It should not be used in place of advice from your accountant. Information has been sourced from the Australian Taxation office via their website https://www.ato.gov.au/Tax-professionals/Newsroom/Your-practice/Instant-asset-write-off-increased-and-extended/. We suggest to speak to your tax professional for further advice specific to your individual business needs.
The PR Power sponsored Mini-Ons Racing Team recently competed in a 6-hour event held at Mallala Motorsport Park in South Australia. The team consisted of 4 classic Minis ranging from 1962-1968 vintage with 4 drivers competing for the 6 hours. A total of 28 teams had entered the event including team’s running Porsche’s, Alfa Romeo’s, Lotus’s to name some of the more exotic cars competing. Our 4 Minis ran faultlessly throughout the weekend with not a spanner needed to be put to them. The team finished a very credible 7th outright (ahead of the Porsche & Lotus teams!) which is the team’s best result so far. The team also managed to come home with some silverware by taking out the “Best Presented Team” for the fourth year in a row.
The Mini-Ons Racing Team would like to thank PR Power for their ongoing support of the team:
“Without the support from PR Power, the weekend would be a whole lot harder. We really appreciate the support we receive from PR Power” said Team Manager Jim Trenorden of Mini-Ons racing.
It was a great event and heaps of fun, we’ll be back next year!
We’ve decided to list some common questions we get and attempt to give our best answers! Organising a Genset to be installed isn’t easy and there may be some things you’re still trying to get your head around, hopefully we can help you with some of the info we have collected below!
What’s the difference between kVa and kW?
First of all Kw will show you the unit of real power and kVA will show the unit of apparent power. To distinguish between the two it is important to understand the power factor (pf). A Diesel generator will usually have a power factor of 0.8. For example a 100 kVA Diesel Generator has an apparent power (kVA) of 100 and a power factor of 0.8. The real power of the generator (kW) will be 80 kW, which is 0.8 times the amount of kVA.
kVA x pf = kW
If the power factor was 1, both kVA and kW will be equal.
In summary, you can’t go wrong by using kW as your standard measurement. kW is essentially the correct power reading. See the Beer analogy we’ve constructed between KW and kVA below!
Can you convert a 50 Hz generator to 60 Hz?
Yes you can convert a Diesel Generator from 50 Hz to 60 Hz and vice versa. 50 Hz is the standard in Australia. For a Generator to produce 60 Hz the engine speed will need to be increased from 1500 rpm to 1800 rpm. On the rare occasion that you will need to change the frequency it will need to be modified by qualified power generation electricians.
Can the voltage be changed in a Diesel Generator?
Yes, generators can be reconfigured to produce different voltages. Any modifications to the generator alternator must be carried out by a suitably qualified electrician.
What does an Automatic Transfer Switch do?
An Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) is installed along with a standby generator to automatically transfer power from the utility when the main power fails to a standby generator. In simpler terms it directs the power sources like traffic. When the ATS detects a main source power failure it will signal the engine panel of the back-up Diesel Generator to start up the generator and it becomes the source of power. When the main source of power is restored the ATS will automatically transfer back to the utility and signal the back-up Diesel Generator to power down. Don’t be afraid to contact PR Power on how to determine the required size of the ATS required.
How should you determine what size Diesel Generator you need?
When looking to invest in a Diesel Generator all requirements of the site and the equipment need to be taken into account. Future growth, starting up equipment, standby or prime power the list goes on. Sizing your generator is the most crucial part of your purchasing decision. You need to make sure you aren’t under sizing or over sizing the Diesel Generator. If the generator is not the right size for the job it will not only be putting your generator at risk but also things that are connected to the generator as well. Due to the importance of this step it is highly advised when determining the size needed you deal with Generator Specialists. PR Power is more than happy to help its always a great idea to get a second opinion.
Does PR Power do installations?
Yes, PR Power has qualified staff who specialize in diesel generator installations.
PR Power delivers high quality Water and Environmental equipment to use in projects and operations through out Australia and New Zealand. We are committed to promoting environmentally responsible equipment and processes. We are pleased to introduce our new and improved Truck Wheel Wash and our Siltbuster HB60 Silt Separator.
We have something new coming your way. Our new Truck Wheel Wash is an all in one, automatic dirt removal system that is more compact and environmentally sustainable. It is our latest addition in our product range.
Truck Wheel Wash – All In One System
Without spilling too much, what else can you expect?
The Truck Wheel Wash can save you on operation and maintenance costs as it does not need dedicated manpower and has grown fame from its ease of operation. It has the capability of washing a large variety of truck models & makes, the dirt removed is safely stored in a container ready for safe disposal. The Truck Wheel Wash also possesses a dual photosensor and it’s self-cleaning system includes a compressed air function.
HB60 & HB20 Silt Seperators operating on site together
The Siltbuster HB60 Silt Separator can be configured as a single or multiple units for basic gravity separation and discharge-to-sewer applications.
The environmentally conscious HB60 adheres to the strict Environment Agency’s discharge standards and ensures that contaminated water does not enter the local watercourses. It also allows resulting sludge to be moved to storage lagoons where it can be treated before being removed.
What other benefits can you expect from the HB60 Siltbuster unit?
Ensures maximum particle settlement with minimal unit footprint
There are no moving parts built into the machine
Removes settleable particles continuously
No daily or weekly cleaning is needed
Reduction in chemical requirements
Meet our Water & Environmental Equipment Specialists
Silt Separator Specialist Roger
Silt Separator Specialist Carlos
Roger is located at our branch in Victoria. He has completed his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering. With over 20 years of experience in the Water Treatment Industry, he’s the man to trust when it comes to answering any questions you might have.
If you have any questions about our Silt Separators, Silbuster Units or new Truck Wheel Wash you can contact Roger on (03) 9798 0505.
You can find Carlos at our Queensland branch. He has a Masters in Project Management as well as a Diploma in Engineering in Water Treatment Processes. He an in-depth knowledge of separation processes and will be there to answer all your questions.
If you have any questions about our Silt Separators, Silbuster Units or new Truck Wheel Wash you can contact Carlos on (07) 5613 2999.
Today’s market has an abundance of new and used diesel generators for potential buyers. The usual buying process starts with identifying a need, for example to power a site or to provide emergency backup, prime or standby power. Next is the research on what specifications and requirements are needed for the specific site. Finally it comes down to buying a new or used generator. This article will lead you in the right direction so you can make an educated decision that is right for you.
Standard Manufacturer Warranties are a huge advantage with any new piece of equipment and yet, they are still one of the biggest oversights when purchasing a generator. A good manufacturer’s warranty on a genset should last at least 12 months (24 months if it is a standby unit) and will include full parts & labour cover). This means the whole generator and any labour needed towards the generator are covered within the warranty time. So always review the warranty before purchasing and be wary of warranties which will only cover the engine or certain components of the generator.
Unfortunately lead time is something which will usually take a hit when purchasing larger generators. It varies through different manufacturers, but a general rule is the larger the size of the generator the longer the lead time will be due to the limited availability and assembly process. To avoid lead time delays, PR Power has a stock of new generators available ranging from 15-2250 kVA. Some of the smaller sets can be ready for delivery in less than a day and the larger ones in less than 5 working days.
When purchasing a used diesel generator there are risks. However, you may be willing to take this risk due to the savings that can be made. To reduce this risk, the used generator you wish to purchase should be load tested providing a full report and as much information about the generator as possible. Our recommendation would be a 12 hour load test.
The secret when looking for used equipment is to look for the units with low operating hours. In this case, keep an eye out for the generators that have only been used for emergency backup or standby power.
At PR Power, our used equipment options also extend to our rental fleet. All equipment is maintained and tested, filled with fuel and complete with operating manuals prior to leaving our premises for hire. In addition, onsite training on the correct operation is provided on request to ensure the health and safety of our clients when operating our equipment.
There are many things to consider when purchasing a new or used generator set. Your decision will be based on your site requirements and your budget whilst weighing up all the pros and cons.
The team at PR Power are here for any questions you may have and will help you step by step in finding the right piece of equipment for your circumstance. For further information, contact us today.
Looking for a smarter lighting tower that shines brighter than the rest? We are excited to announce that the next generation of LED Mobile Lighting Towers have finally arrived at PR Power! Introducing our new PR-ECO LED Mobile Lighting Tower, get the illuminating results you desire at a lower cost and a higher efficiency rate.
As the exclusive Australian distributor, we have plenty in stock and are keen to show you why the PR-ECO LED Mobile Lighting Tower is the well-deserved industry leader in smarter onsite lighting solutions.
What is the PR-ECO LED Lighting Tower?
The PR-ECO LED Mobile Lighting Tower is the latest in LED Lighting Tower Technology, with an efficient 2-cylinder diesel engine and automatic mast operating system that gets you to work faster and safer.
The units utilise highly efficient LED lamps mounted atop a road ready trailer with a 48VDC extra low voltage lighting system and Automatic Mast Operating Safety System (AMOSS) for extra safety.
It’s easy to operate and transport with a road ready compact trailer, central operating point, 350 degree mast rotation and 8.5 vertical hydraulic mast extension for maximum light coverage.
A must-have piece of lighting equipment for any company, the PR-ECO LED Mobile Lighting Tower is ideal for a wide range of applications, including:
We recently discussed the importance of having quality lighting towers onsite for the safety of workers as well as any pedestrians or motorists that happen to be on or around the site. For sites that are active at night, workers need an illuminated environment in order to continue their work safely.
With portability, durability and an independent power source the PR-ECO LED is an industry leader with respect to environmental and energy efficiency standards.
For a smarter and more sustainable lighting solution, the PR-ECO LED Mobile Lighting Tower is the way to go, with a number of key environmental and energy efficient features and benefits, including:
CO2 reduction of 888kg per month and 70% fuel saving, thanks to its fuel efficient 2-cylinder, 1500RPM, water cooled diesel engine
200 hour run time, significantly reducing maintenance and fuel costs
6 x 150w of highly efficient LED lamps with a 48VDC low voltage system capable of illuminating approximately 3,800sqm
Lamps that ignite immediately for quick start and increased energy saving
No bulbs to replace on LED lamps as they are protected by a polycarbonate lens (no glass), which is better for both your pocket and the environment
So not only does it deliver a superior super bright light, it also ensures safer sites and greater cost efficiency. With all the additional savings compared to traditional lighting towers, the PR-ECO LED Mobile Lighting Tower is a great investment for any worksite.
PR Power specialises in the sale and rental of a select range of mobile lighting towers including the new PR-ECO LED Mobile Lighting Tower Australia-wide. For more information feel free to contact us on 1300 399 499 or get a quote online.
As the Authorised Australian and New Zealand Siltbuster Distributor, PR Power have exclusive access to some of the industry’s leading onsite water treatment and silt pollution equipment for either hire or purchase.
With an increased demand for water solution products in the Australian marketplace, we have listed the leading Siltbuster water solutions and how they can help your construction site not only maintain proper environmental standards, but also streamline its processes and increase onsite efficiency.
1. Settlement units
So, what is silt and how does it affect my application? Silt is a broad term applied to fine particles of soil carried by water giving it that muddy or dirty discoloration. The most common source of silt pollution is the result of rainwater runoff from topsoil stripped areas of construction sites.
When washed off into nearby watercourses, silt pollution is highly visible and easily traceable back to the site. It can travel a long way and cause significant environmental harm, which is where settlement units – also known as settlement tanks or silt traps – come in.
High performance settlement units are able to effectively remove the suspended solids from construction waste water using lamella clarifiers. Providing a large settlement area within a small footprint, they are ideal for a wide range of applications, including:
Pumping & dewatering
Desilting & dredging
Site water management
Plant, vehicles and wheel washing
Our Recommendation: The HB60 Silt Separator The HB60 Silt Separator is a transportable settlement trap with an effective separation area of 40sqm providing effective separation of suspended particulates from water when operating at flow rates of up to 60 m3/hr.
The solids (sludge) are collected by the unit settle within the single hopper and are easily removed by the opening of a gate valve, eliminating the need for the unit to be taken off line for emptying, making it beneficial for applications where near continuous operation is required.
2. Concrete wash water & Hydro-demolition units
Another important question we’re constantly asked is why construction sites need to treat concrete wash water? The answer is simple: High pH (alkaline) water can look clean after the solids have been removed, however this “silent polluter” is corrosive and can cause extreme damage to vegetation and ecosystems.
In fact, water that comes into contact with freshly exposed or poured concrete becomes roughly pH 13, making it as strong and corrosive as oven cleaner. Some sources of alkaline water on construction sites include:
Washing down of machinery used with fresh concrete – i.e. chutes, drums, pumps
Cutting or coring of concrete structures
Hydrodemolition (high pressure water cutting)
Surface water runoff from concreted areas
Crushed demolition materials
That’s why Siltbuster developed a range of systems specifically to deal with high pH concrete wash water as a result of work carried out on construction sites, which PR Power have now brought to the Australian market.
Our Recommendation: The Roadside Concrete Washout (RCW) & The Hydro-demolition (HD) Unit The Roadside Concrete Washout is used for the treatment of wastewater from cleaning of concreting plant and equipment and can aid in reducing the environmental impact and costs associated with the disposal of pH and cement-laden wash water. The unit efficiently captures solids by means of specialised filtration bags, before neutralising the highly alkaline wash water to an acceptable level for reuse or discharge.
Designed specifically to address the concerns of the Environment Agency (EA) regarding the potential harm associated with the release of highly alkaline waters into the environment during concreting and grouting, the RCW can handle up to 30 washouts spread over a working day.
The Hydro-demolition unit is also an effective means of treating pH, sediment-laden blast water and is specific to hydro-demolition projects. Compact, lightweight and low maintenance, it can be used at ground level or installed and operated from a suitable road ready trailer.
The unit ticks all the hydro-demolition contractors requirements and is ideal for use on road works projects which require the removal of all equipment at the end of a working shift or hydro-demolition projects in areas with restricted access, such as multi-storey car parks.
For further information regarding water treatment and environmental equipment solutions, contact PR Power on 1300 399 499 or at our website. Our passionate and experienced Water Solutions team love helping our clients find the perfect product to keep their projects and their local environment happy and healthy.
On any construction site, safety is the number one priority. We are not only talking about the safety of workers here, we include the well being of any pedestrians or motorists that happen to be on or around the site as well.
While lighting towers are useful all throughout the year, their need rises in winter months, when the days are shorter and the sun doesn’t provide sufficient natural light. Many construction sites also become more active at night as a convenience to motorists and other daily activities. In these instances lighting towers are particularly important as workers need an illuminated environment in order to continue their work safely.
Below you will find 4 of the most important things to look out for when it comes to selecting quality lighting towers on construction sites.
1. Illumination Capacity
The purpose of lighting towers are to provide an additional source of light, so obviously their illumination capacity will be a key consideration. It’s also very important to position and adjust the lights correctly in order to avoid blinding workers or creating a glare which can be a hazard for nearby motorists.
2. Independent Power Source
Some construction sites are incredibly remote, just think about mine sites or rural development areas, or in locations where lighting may be required in hard to reach locations, such as an underground mine shaft. It is highly beneficial that lighting towers have their own integrated generators with a large fuel capacity. This ensures that power outages or any acts of nature do not affect the safety of the work site.
While manufactures will have a range of fixed lighting towers available, the majority of industries that use lighting towers will benefit from them being portable, simply because they can be deployed and moved around various locations. As lighting towers are used in such a wide range of locations, it is important to consider how they can be manoeuvred, whether towed by itself or added to a trailer. It is also important to have an adjustable lighting tower, one which can be extended to appropriate heights needed to illuminate a site sufficiently.
Lighting towers will be used in rugged conditions, from construction intensive work sites to weather extreme areas. When considering a lighting tower provider, the durability of the product should be examined to determine its suitability for the project.
PR Power has a range of fixed and portable lighting towers available for sale or for long or short term hire, depending on the project requirements. Click here to see the selection of lighting towers available Australia wide, or feel free to contact us on 1300 399 499 for more information.
Quarries across Australia suffer from dust containment issues on a daily basis effecting the health and safety of workers and residents in the surrounding areas. PR Power recently supplied a PR50-DF Dust Fighter to a local quarry on rental to help mitigate the spread of dust and other contaminants on site.
The PR50-DF was ideal for this application spraying a light mist of water which successfully contained the dust issue, whilst avoiding the creation of muddy surfaces, prevalent when using water trucks, hoses and other apparatus.
A New South Wales Hospital was in need of an emergency back up generator to be available to support critical services and the large number of patients that occupy the hospital on a daily basis.
PR Power’s team took on the huge task, which consisted of both the delivery and installation of a 1250kVA Sound Attenuated Diesel Generator. Utilising a crane the 1250kVA genset was carefully lifted into position and installed. Further soundproofing was added to the genset on completion.
The North West of Australia is an area subject to cyclonic weather conditions and can result in unexpected power outages. With this in mind an electrical contractor located in regional WA required backup power to be installed at a nearby Sewerage Treatment Plant to overcome the power outage issue.
PR Power was able to supply a 200kVA, sound attenuated diesel generator to provide emergency back up power ensuring that raw sewerage would not be unwittingly discharged into the surrounding area as a result of a power outage.
PR Powers’s team tackled the task of installing a 500kVA Diesel Generator onto the roof top of a nine story building in Perth’s CBD. With the help of a crane and the professional team at PR Power, the building and its occupants will rest easy with PR Power’s diesel generator installed and ready to power the building in the event of an power outage.