Interest in system still strong
There has been massive interest in the drain-jetter system since it first arrived in Ireland from Holland four years ago.
Importer John O'Donovan says that he sold 42 models in 2013 alone.
And he claimed that interest in the machine from both contractors and farmers was still strong. "We do models that range in price anywhere from €10,000 up to over €50,000 for a fully wirelessly operated machine with a reach of 300m," he said.
Mike O'Brien was the contractor who brought his 300m drain-jetter to the open day.
"It can produce 30bar of pressure at the nozzle and can clean pipes from 40mm right up to 300mm in diameter. But you need to give every stretch of drain two or three runs with it because the first run might only clear the sediment inside in the drain. You also need to clear the holes in the pipe to allow water into it again," explained Mr O'Brien.
The contractor charges €50/hr or €1/m, depending on the job. However, this does not cover the cost of the tanker to supply water to the jetter.
While Mr O'Brien said he was happy to use a water supply laid on by a farmer, "it has to be clean. Otherwise, I'll need to use my own tanker, which costs another €35/hr."