Klein Porto-Tower® revolutionized dirt contracting.
This mobile, self-contained quick discharge water tower
system changed the way contractors did their job forever
and in the process has saved owners millions of dollars.
The Porto-Tower® today is the industry standard
and the superior product in its class. See more of this
product in the Products section of this website.
tractor-scraper conversion tanker. Commonly
know today as a "water pull". We pioneered
the conversion of a tractor scraper to a tractor tanker.
Other types of water distributors were being used of
course but the concept of converting any brand of tractor
scraper to a water tanker by utilizing the existing
prime mover power unit and rear end and replacing the
scraper bowl with a tanker was a Klein First! Today
tractor scraper conversion tankers are still a very
popular water distributor machine. Visit our products
section of this web site to learn more about our Tractor
scraper conversion tanker product line.
New Look. In the early
years, 1950s to early 1960s, water distributor
tank systems were either round or rectangle. Klein was
the first to introduce a tank shape that was a modified
elliptical shape. This new look provided more gallons
per inch than a round tank and proved to be a much stronger
tank than a square or rectangle shape. Today, the dual
radius, modified elliptical shape is the industry standard.
As time went by, prime mover tractors kept getting bigger.
Naturally, our tankers also got bigger to accommodate
the bigger tractors. The amount of time it took to recover
the water distributor tankers became an issue with the
contractors. The big machines were great but they took
too long to recover. Klein introduced the Hurricane®
pump in the mid 1960s. The Hurricane Pump®
is a high volume, portable, completely self-contained
water distributor filling water pump. With a high volume
filling capacity of as much as 5000 U. S. gallons per
minute the Hurricane Pump® dramatically improved
the productivity of high volume water distributors.
More information on the all new Hurricane® Bravo
High Volume pump is in the products section of our web
Actuated Globe Valve. Klein
was the first to use a diaphragm actuated globe valve
as a means to control water flow on a mobile water distributor
tank system. We pioneered its use on our equipment.
Today the valve is by far the most common used valve
on water distributors. Literally tens of thousands of
this type of valve have been in service on water distributors.
We manufacture a full line of these valves and ship
them to water equipment users all over the world.
Spray Discharge. Klein
introduced the first mass produced, fully adjustable
without tools, fan type spray head. Today, the fan type
spray head is the industry standard.
Water Pumps. Klein
was the first to use a close-coupled, hydraulic driven
water pump on water distributors. We introduced our
first close coupled water pump back in the 1970s.
The Klein close-coupled water pump has been field tested
and proven all over the world and is considered by many
as the superior product available. Today, only water
distributors using close-coupled water pumps are considered
to be high quality, cutting edge systems.
Jet Spray Discharge. Klein
developed a unique spray head nozzle designed to be
installed on the sides of water distributing vehicles.
This side jet spray delivered the perfect combination
of water pressure and water volume. Its productive
spray pattern is great for watering slopes, banks and
stock piles. Because of its unique configuration
and performance, this item was patented and today remains
one of our most popular discharge spray heads.
balancing system. Off-road
mining trucks continue to get bigger and bigger in size
and capacity. Our water tank distributor systems continue
to get bigger in size and capacity to keep pace with
the truck prime mover chassis payload capacity. As the
payload gets bigger the "safe" center of gravity
and "safe" weight/load distribution of our
tank systems becomes more challenging. To facilitate
the absolute lowest CG and safest weight/load distribution
Klein designed the payload balancing system for large
capacity off-highway truck tank systems. This break
through design enables the tank system to unload rear
and front compartments separately as required in severe
terrain ensuring maximum safety, lowest CG and best