Although they say that imitation is one of the sincerest forms of flattery, one company, Australian Pump Industries, recently caught out an unscrupulous importer of third world products importing a copy of Aussie’s top quality Fire Chief Pumps, the world’s best lightweight portable fire pump.
Australian Pump Industries introduced the Aussie Fire Chief to the market when the company kicked off its operations around 27 years ago. Since that time, the Aussie Fire Chief has been used by major Government departments, professional firefighters, farmers and even earthmoving contractors who use this great product for a wide range of duties.
The counterfeits first came on the market some months ago. Our customers, who bought them by mistake thinking they were getting our product at a lower price, notified us about the poor finish of the product.
“Although the pump looks like the Fire Chief, when we went through tests and examinations of all components, we found that it was purely a very poor counterfeit”, said Aussie Pumps Chief Engineer John Hales. “Apart from our examinations, we also sent samples to a very high tech pump laboratory in Japan who also verified our initial findings”, he said.
The company found major discrepancies with the counterfeit, including poor machining, issues with castings and overall poor performance.
Australian Pumps say that firefighting pumps are supposed to perform in line with the manufacturers’ claims and be capable of working in the most extreme conditions.
“Buying a counterfeit pump at a good price might seem like a good idea at the time”, said Hales.
Both dealers and consumers need to be warned. Buying a counterfeit is always a risk, and you must question the integrity and ethics of the supplier, bearing in mind copies are rarely an improvement of the original! As they say … buyer be warned.
For more details on identifying a counterfeit version of the imported pump, don’t hesitate to contact Aussie Pumps
Address: 7 Gladstone Rd, Castle Hill NSW 2154
P.O BOX 6164 NORWEST NSW 2153
8am to 6pm Monday to Friday
Phone us on (+61) 02 8865 3500, or
fax us on (+61) 02 9894 4240