Fuel theft is unfortunately an all-too-common problem on farms.
As operations grow larger, and with more uninhabited farm yards, thieves may find fuel tanks unsupervised and unprotected.
To keep fuel where it’s supposed to be, Kenneth Johnson and Jace Ericson of Estevan, Saskatchewan came up with their own solution: a steel cabinet for fuel transfer pumps on tanks.
Their creation — the Defender Pump Guard — has caught interest from retailers, as well as the judges in the 2016 Farm Progress Show Innovation Showcase, winning the gold award at this year’s show in Regina.
“It’s your first line of defense to protect you from theft, vandalism and from the weather that breaks down your equipment,” explains Kyle Wiebe of Maverick Industries in the interview below. The Morden, Manitoba-based company now manufactures and sells the Defender Pump Guard.
The steel locker comes with a solar power option for transferring fuel in remote locations. As Wiebe explains, it’s also designed to mount to the tank to prevent having thieves detach the entire pump and cabinet by spinning it out.