The TF10 in America
TF10 'tossing it" at Copper Mt. 27.5 wet.
American's have a reputation for liking things big. The H-1 Hummer and Cadillac Escalade come to mind. We even have our unique American expressions to describe our passion, "there's no substitute for cubic inches," "when in doubt, bore it out." But as the rest of the world knows our, "big things" aren't always efficient.
When snowmakers first saw the TF10 it got a lot of approving "grunts" based on size. Physically, it's TechnoAlpin largest gun and it's big by any standard. Its reputation as a very high flow, long throw gun had preceded it. Given the right pressure, it can push 200+ GPM. The market has seen "big guns" before. Most have gone the way of the Hummer, just not efficient.
Not so for the TF10. Even at the most marginal startup temperatures, it goes toe to toe with the compact T40. No small task because the T40 is often regarded as one of the very best guns for early startup and quality snow at marginal temperatures. From 0 to 60 (GPM) the TF10 gives away absolutely nothing to any gun on the market, and then the big boy just keeps on going and going and going.
Yes, its larger, big throw fan draws slightly more power than the T40 but no more power than most of the market competition. And yes, it's a premium priced gun. We make no apologies. One of our most analytical clients has considered the price and the slightly increased power draw, then looked at the increased capacity, the increased water flow at any temperature, and has come to the conclusion that it may be the most efficient fan gun on the market, with a great return on investment.
Where big is especially beautiful is a location where the resort has an almost unlimited need for production in one location. Copper Mountain uses its TF10 perfectly at the very top of the Catalyst Terrain Park which provides features for Camp Woodward until August 1st! Aspen Buttermilk has a tremendous application building the monster features that have become the signature of The X-Games.
A tribute to "big" would be the fact that our most sophisticated marginal temperature snowmakers, Wintergreen, VA, with an average snowmaking temperature of 27.6 degrees, bought their TF 10 demo.