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Pumps & Pumps Packages for underground Mine Dewatering/Open Cut Pit Dewatering


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April 2009, Minetuff Dewatering Pumps Australia began designing and manufacturing submersible dewatering pumps specifically for the Australian mining market and a select group of products were launched in Australia. At the outset, our pump range was comprised of 4 units: 5kW, 8kW, 20kW and 37kW. Branches in Melbourne and Perth serviced a national distribution network looking after the country.

As Australian mines and miners experienced the hardiness of the Minetuff units and started migrating to international operations, their preference for Minetuff products in mining led to Minetuff Dewatering Pumps Australia starting to explore export activity, mainly into Africa and Indonesia. This was quite unexpected market growth, as the original vision was only to create a local Australian product specific to Australian mining. By 2015, this export activity had spread to include parts of Europe, Canada and even Mongolia.

In July 2017 ownership of Minetuff Dewatering Pumps Australia changed, and along with it the name and vision of the company. Now branded simply as MINETUFF PUMPS and headquartered in Perth Western Australia the company invested – and continues to invest – heavily in increased stockholding. For too long the market has been dependent on long lead times as global corporates increase focus on lean manufacture, just-in-time ordering and high inventory turnaround ratios. MINETUFF PUMPS take enormous pride in carrying the undisputed largest volume of assembled pumps and spare parts in Australia, and this stacks up quite strongly in world markets too, making our production lead times among the shortest in the world – in the rare event that we don’t actually have the stock immediately to hand.

The second paradigm shift for the company was renewed investment in R&D. This has resulted in continued refinements of the existing range as well as exciting new additions to the portfolio – like the newly-released Minetuff 90kW pumps for example. The roadmap for future R&D is long and wide, and clear goal-setting and prioritisation will make the foreseeable future an exciting time for MINETUFF PUMPS and our clients.

The third level to uplifting the products into a global market is an increased diligence with regard to literature and sales tools for our end users, resellers and distributors, which has triggered a fresh new look and a whole barrage of pump literature on offer. Some may be found here in the public domain, and there is much more available from your authorized MINETUFF PUMPS distributor in your region.

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A Focus on Quality at Pioneer Pump

Pioneer pumps are built to be around long after we’re not. We lead the industry with our use of the highest quality materials as standard. Like ductile iron volutes, CA6NM stainless steel impellers and 17-4 PH stainless steel shafts. These advanced materials ensure the long life and reliability necessary for the demanding requirements of industrial pumping. Large bearings, oversized shafts and bearing isolators also work to extend pump life, while tungsten carbide vs. silicon carbide seal faces with Viton® elastomers prevent leakage and damage for less environmental impact.

Leading-edge materials are just the beginning of Pioneer Pump’s innovation. All individual parts used, as well as the completed pumps, undergo rigorous in-house testing to meet or exceed Hydraulic Institute and ANSI standards. But our commitment to quality isn’t confined to the pumps we make. It extends to every aspect of our business. Beginning with our ordering process all the way through delivery, we have checks in place to make sure every step of the process adheres to our high standards.

The Engineering Leadership of Pioneer Pump

Pioneer Pump was founded on the idea that pumps should be better. Thanks to our engineering leadership, all Pioneer pumps are built using an innovative impeller design that’s now the industry’s best. It moves more pumpage, more efficiently, size-for-size. You get extreme performance while using less energy, giving you the best lifetime value in an environmentally and budget-conscious world. The large eye area and low NPSHr provide better suction lift and vapor handling. And the enclosed design handles solids more efficiently for improved performance, less maintenance and longer life, compared to traditional impellers.

Another patented innovation is the Pioneer Prime’s stainless steel air separation valve, which allows for quick priming with no product carryover. Our pumps are also designed for easy maintenance, with back-pull configurations, replaceable wear rings, wear plates, suction cover and removable inspection covers.

Contact information

Pioneer Pump
Unit 1, 67 Proximity Drive
Sunshine West, Victoria 3020

Tel.: +61 3 9988 1650