FAQs

HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT QTAC PERSONAL FIRE PROTECTION? HERE ARE OUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION:S 

I currently use a standard, electric “spot-sprayer” I purchased from a hardware store to perform a lot of the work you’re describing here. It was very inexpensive, but seems to work OK for me. How is a QTAC unit different?

What QTAC configuration would be best to manage controlled burns, perform initial fire suppression, or perform mop up details?

What QTAC configuration would be best for aggressive management of controlled burns, aggressive initial fire suppression, or aggressive mop up?

Can I use my QTAC as a spray rig to apply herbicides/pesticides to vegetation and trees?

Can I use my QTAC to pre-treat my home and grounds for protection in the face of an advancing fire?

Is it possible to draft water with the QTAC for refilling or continuous fire duties? How about using the QTAC as a remote pumping station to refill other equipment?

I’d like to be able to use a long section of flat lay hose for more water output and extended reach. Is the QTAC capable of accommodating a flat-lay hose?

I’d like to store flat lay hose on top of my QTAC 85. Do you have any type of hose bed for this model?

I’d like to add a hose reel to my QTAC 85. Is this possible?

I’d like to carry my QTAC base unit in the bed of my truck. How can I do that?

I’m not sure what nozzle will work best for my needs – can you help me select one?

I tend to run through a lot of heavy brush with my ATV. Is there anything I can do to protect it?


I currently use a standard, electric “spot-sprayer” I purchased from a hardware store to perform a lot of the work you’re describing here. It seems to work OK for me. How is a QTAC unit different fore personal fire protection?

In terms of personal fire protection, there are a couple of fundamental differences between an electric spot-sprayer and a QTAC.

First, the pumping systems are designed for much different spraying performance. Even though they are generally advertised otherwise, spot-sprayers’ pumping systems are generally only capable of low flow rates. QTAC pumping systems are capable of much higher flow rates. The water output and range of a spot-sprayer is very limited; should a fire suddenly begin to spread, a spot-sprayer will likely not have enough knockdown power to get the fire under control. You can run a QTAC like your spray rig—just throttle it down. But when you need more, throttle-up your QTAC for more water output and increased effectiveness against a fire. And if you want even more aggressive firefighting power, QTAC pumping systems are designed to properly pump and discharge professional-grade retardants like foam and gel, a task not possible with a standard spray rig.      

Second, the durability and readiness requirements are not the same. Electric spot-sprayers are designed to be inexpensively mass-produced.  And to be fair to spot-sprayer manufactures, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this approach. When spraying herbicides, part failures aren’t critical; in many cases you may be able to find replacement parts at a local hardware store, and be back up and running the next day.

Fire doesn’t give you the opportunity to wait a day. QTACs are designed and manufactured to prevent and suppress fire in difficult conditions—time and time again, year-after-year. They are highly capable, highly reliable, designed and built in small quantities in the United States to fire equipment standards. There is a cost associated with equipment designed and manufactured in this fashion, but we think you’ll agree that it’s substantially lower than the average cost of damage as a result of an uncontrolled fire.  


What QTAC configuration would be best to manage controlled burns, perform initial fire suppression, or perform mop up details?

Depending on the capability you need, either the QTAC 20S base unit,  QTAC 85S base unit or QTAC 85HP base unit will do. It really depends on how much capacity you desire, what kind of vehicle the unit will be going on, and what size control burn you’ll be working.


What QTAC configuration would be best for aggressive management of controlled burns, aggressive initial fire suppression, or aggressive mop up?

For aggressive work, we recommend the use of a foam retardant with your QTAC 85HP base unit.

The QTAC 20S base unit can operate with foam in the tank using the Scotty 8 GPM air-aspirating nozzle

Both QTAC 85 base unit can operate with foam in the tank using the Scotty 8 GPM air-aspirating nozzle, and the 85HP can be outfitted with a Scotty around-the-pump foam system. Check out those links to get a better idea of how each system works.


Can I use my QTAC as a spray rig to apply herbicides/pesticides to vegetation and trees?

Yes, your QTAC unit is capable of running herbicide/pesticide solutions as needed. We offer a Hudson GES-505 spray gun, which can run off your existing rubber hose. In the fall of 2012 we’ll also be releasing a QTAC Spray Bar Kit, which can help you to apply your solution in up to 10’ swathes. The QTAC Spray Bar Kit will work with all of the QTAC base units. 


Can I use my QTAC to pre-treat my home and grounds for added protection against a wildfire?

Yes. To pre-treat your home and grounds for protection from an approaching fire, we recommend the QTAC End-Of-Line Gel Kit, made by Thermo-Gel®. The QTAC End-Of-Line Gel Kit will work with with all of the QTAC base units.


Is it possible to draft water with the QTAC for refilling or continuous fire protection duties? How about using the QTAC as a remote pumping station to refill other equipment?

Yes. All QTAC models are capable of drafting water using a QTAC Draft Kit. QTAC draft kits are available for both the QTAC 20S Base Unit and both QTAC 85 base units. 


There are times when I need to perform pre-dawn/twilight/nighttime operations. Do you have a lighting option for the QTAC?

In the fall of 2012 we will be releasing an extremely powerful LED lighting kit to fit all of the QTAC base units. The lighting kit will be supplied with a wiring harness that will readily connect to your ATV or UTV. 


I’d like to be able to use a long section of flat lay hose for more water output and extended reach. Is the QTAC capable of accommodating a flat-lay hose?

Yes, both QTAC 85 base units can accommodate a 1″ flat-lay hose. The 85S requires a flat-lay adapter kit, while the 85HP comes standard with the kit installed. We offer flat-lay hose in 25-, 50- and 100-foot lengths.


I’d like to add a hose reel to my QTAC 85. Is this possible?

Yes, we offer a Hose Reel Kit for both QTAC 85 base units, which bolts to the top of a built-in mounting plate. A hose reel can be factory installed, or ordered as a retrofit kit at a later date.


I’d like to carry my QTAC Base Unit in the bed of my truck. How can I do that?

To carry your QTAC in the bed of your truck, we recommend our Truck Bed Mounting Kit. This truck bed rail system contains a set of 48-inch, low-profile bed rails and tie-down points which work great for securing your unit (or anything else you want to haul, for that matter). 


I’m not sure what nozzle will work best for my needs – can you help me select one?

We will soon be posting video on our Optional Nozzles & Hose page that will cover the different nozzles, and the spray patterns each affords. Stay tuned!


I tend to run through a lot of heavy brush with my ATV. Is there anything I can do to protect it?

Yes. We offer a Brush Guard Kit for the QTAC 20S base unit if you have some concerns about impact to the pump and pump engine.   

 

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