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Frequently Asked Questions


1. Why are companies and institutions choosing to control the surge in their truck tanks?

Surge Busters ® provide:
• The maximum degree of operational safety for their liquid loads,
• Increased protection for employees (easing physical and mental stress),
• Increased margin of safety in emergency/avoidance situations,
• Increased public safety and enhanced public relations, and
• Less wear and tear on all running gear components for tractors, trailers and straight trucks, including, brakes, suspension, king pins, tires, transmission, engine (exhaust brake) and stress fractures on tanks and frame members.

2. How does the Surge Buster® baffle system work?

Surge Busters® are a drop-in baffle system that float inside the tank, as the graphic shows. When the tank is full, there is no surge to control because the liquid essentially cannot move. As product is unloaded, the baffles are floating in less water so their energy absorption capacity is increased. Their absorption capacity continues to increase until they are lying on the bottom of the tank. Their unique flexible design permits them to absorb energy in every direction, which is particularly helpful in rollover situations, where traditional fixed-baffle systems offer no protection.

3. Why does the Surge Buster ® baffle system work so well?

With over 1,000 directions of energy deflection, this is the only system that shuts down surge in all directions, front to back - side to side - all angles and throughout the entire compartment. Traditional baffles only reduce surge front to back and do not reduce surge within each compartment.

4. Can these floating baffles be used with potable grade water?

Yes, they are made of virgin HD polypropylene and approved by the F.D.A for food grade use.

5. Will the Surge Buster ® work in all types and shapes of tanks?

Yes, this baffle system can be installed in all sizes and shapes of tanks - round, elliptical, square and even triangular. We have two sizes available that are 15 inches and 7 inches in diameter.

6. Who uses the Surge Buster ® baffle system?

Federal Government Agencies, DOT’s, Road Districts, Irrigation Districts, City/County PWD's, Park Dept's, Companies hauling potable water, Agriculture uses and many more. They are used for herbicide spraying, magnesium chloride spraying for icy roads and transportation of all liquids whether water, chemical or fuel.

7. When is the Surge Buster ® baffle system the most beneficial?

Baffle benefits include:
• During braking and accelerating,
• When cornering and on slopes.
• When reduced stress on the truck, frame and tank-mounts is desired.
• When keeping tank mixed products in suspension is important.
• When reducing fleet maintenance costs is a priority.

8. How much volume does the Surge Buster® baffle system take up?

The Surge Buster ® system takes only .8% of tank volume or 8 gallons per 1000 gallons. Compared to other surge technologies, Surge Buster ® has the least impact on hauling capacity.

9. Does this Surge Buster® baffle system cause any stress to the tank?

No, this floating system is not attached to the tank and will not cause any physical stress to the tank, and will last the life of the tank.

10. How do drivers describe the difference once the baffle system is installed?

Professional drivers describe the experience as similar to hauling a load of sand. One professional driver who delivers new trucks was amazed to find out that he had driven a truck over 200 miles on all kinds of roads with a 500 gallon tank half full of water. He thought the tanks were empty.

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