Meet the Small but Mighty QTAC 20S

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September 15, 2023

“What am I going to do in the field with just 20 gallons?”
“I guess we might get thirsty out there.”
“I want to put out a fire, not a birthday cake!”

We’ve gotten used to people raising eyebrows about the QTAC 20S.

20 gallons might not sound like much, but it can pack a big punch:

  • Controlling a small-scale prescribed burn
  • Smaller mop-up situations
  • Quick suppression of spot fires
  • Standby for the effect of heat/sparks during chainsaw or dry clearing work 

Not only is the 20S practical, but it’s also powerful, shooting water out to 40 feet. Plus, it’s the only skid unit you’ll find that fits on a 4-wheeler. That and the fact that the 20S can also carry tools means you can bring both pump and manual firefighting methods with you into smaller spaces.

Reduce fatigue and back strain 

A couple of vehicle-mounted 20S skids can make quick work of ember control and line work. The unit holds four times the water and shoots it farther than the standard 5-gallon backpack pump a lot of departments swear by, without the manual pumping and risk of back issues from carrying all that weight around (the water alone weighs more than 40 pounds).

Check out some 20S specs

Download the complete spec sheet here.


  • Model: Honda GX25 Series
  • Maximum Power: 1.0 HP @ 7,000 RPM
  • Starting System: Manual, Recoil


  • Type: Koshin SEH-25L, Self-Priming 
  • Maximum Output: 30 GPM
  • Maximum Pressure: 46 PSI
  • Maximum Suction Lift: 26 FT


  • MTECH PolyTough™ welded copolymer, internally baffled
  • Drain: 1-1/2″ plunger style
  • Grab rails, water level sight tube, mounting flanges


  • Dry Weight: 58 lbs.
  • Wet Weight: 225 lbs.

Watch our QTAC Academy overview of the QTAC 20S.

The right apparatus for every situation

Another reason people love the 20S is because it doesn’t require a whole lot of vehicle. Strap it or bolt it to your 4-wheeler, and you’re off to fight fires. And with the 20S in your line-up to tackle overkill jobs, your larger pieces of equipment will be free and ready to go in case of another emergency. 

The 20S is also a great, compact device for drafting from an auxiliary water source. At just 58 pounds dry, one person can easily lift and carry the unit to where the water is. The Kiel Fire Department put out a grass fire using only the 20S drafting water from a creek.

So instead of asking yourself, “What am I going to do with a 20-gallon unit?” you should now be wondering “What am I going to do without it?!”

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