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Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716393] Sun, 05 August 2012 09:12 Go to next message
  Kilanya  
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Hi all,

I'm not advertising anything as such, but I am wanting to purchase a new float and would like some reviews on the many many brands available in Australia.

I would prefer to buy Australian made as safety is so very important to myself (had a major floating accident a few years back..), but would also like some reviews on the cheaper brands available.

Thanks in advance!

Cheers,
Sarah.
Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716405 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Sun, 05 August 2012 09:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
  martina  is currently offline martina  
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The forum drove me to drink. Remind me to thank it.
Do a search on here .... there has been a lot of topics about floats/brands etc.
Personally - I am a BRUMBY girl Very Happy They are in Werribee, but if you order now you have to wait 6month .... Guess they are popular for a reason ?!
Try to find one second hand, which is difficult as they simply don't come on the market often. Good Luck
Cheers MARTINA


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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716493 is a reply to message #2716405 ] Sun, 05 August 2012 11:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
  Kilanya  
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Thank you Martina, I'll check out Brumby though I'm not sure I'm willing to wait 6 months for a float, and am definitely buying brand new, not second hand. =)

Do you have any info/pics on recent Brumby models by any chance? They don't seem to have a website.. and prices if you know roughly? The one pic I managed to find on Google images looks nice.

Cheers.

[Updated on: Sun, 05 August 2012 12:03]

Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716511 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Sun, 05 August 2012 12:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hello,
We have recently purchased a "Imperial" float and its brilliant.
Light to tow, very high and very good flooring.
It's brand new and even after a few uses it still looks in 100 %
so defiantly in my opinion i'd buy another.
website: http://www.imperialfloats.com/
hope it helps
Teaghen Smile


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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716530 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Sun, 05 August 2012 13:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We bought a brand new Pegasus. We couldn't be happier with it. I think it took about 3 months to make? We did a lot of research about what we wanted to include etc and the two companies short listed were Pegasus and Rowville.
We also looked at a lot of friends floats as we had never had an angle load before. Very happy to recommend Pegasus even if they can be difficult to talk to.
Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716545 is a reply to message #2716511 ] Sun, 05 August 2012 14:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
  Kilanya  
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Teaghen wrote on Sun, 05 August 2012 12:37

Hello,
We have recently purchased a "Imperial" float and its brilliant.
Light to tow, very high and very good flooring.
It's brand new and even after a few uses it still looks in 100 %
so defiantly in my opinion i'd buy another.
website: http://www.imperialfloats.com/
hope it helps
Teaghen Smile

Hi Teaghen! Thanks for the feedback on Imperial, it's actually one that I'm looking at. I haven't seen any (that I can recall) around so that's good to know.

jsste4 wrote on Sun, 05 August 2012 13:17

We bought a brand new Pegasus. We couldn't be happier with it. I think it took about 3 months to make? We did a lot of research about what we wanted to include etc and the two companies short listed were Pegasus and Rowville.
We also looked at a lot of friends floats as we had never had an angle load before. Very happy to recommend Pegasus even if they can be difficult to talk to.

Thank you for the response. I have always thought of Pegasus as a top brand, though they are pricey. Rowville are very good in supplying info and will be one brand I seriously consider as I know they are extremelly well built floats, though again, pricey.
Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716778 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Sun, 05 August 2012 19:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I love my new Tender Deluxe, great to tow and the horsey loves it too. Very comfortable ride and well made.
Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716786 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Sun, 05 August 2012 20:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Isn't Imperial an import float?


Tender Deluxe, Rowville, Pegasus, Brumby
All great pics

You get what you pay for, if the float is cheap, ask yourself why
Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716791 is a reply to message #2716778 ] Sun, 05 August 2012 20:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
  marcella  
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Crisfloat!

Australian made. Solid and I have no noise behind when I tow, empty or full.

I think it's a 6 week wait. You can go to their site and work out the extras you want and price it.

They aren't a light float my Grand National is 1.1 tonne. I love mine and yet to know a Crisfloat owner that doesn't.


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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716793 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Sun, 05 August 2012 20:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
  Hugosgirl  is currently offline Hugosgirl  
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There are a number of high quality brands but after extensive research and husband's tick of approval, I went with a Rowville. Most important thing husband and I looked at was the construction of the frame, especially floor. Husband was adament that the frame had to be made of a certain size steel and the quality of the welds,etc. Plus, needed to make sure that the floor itself was well made and would support the weight of my boy (650kg). Some floats I looked at only used marine ply for the floor. Great floats at reasonable prices.

Good luck!
Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716834 is a reply to message #2716793 ] Sun, 05 August 2012 21:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I got my Discovery new and I love it! All the safety features I wanted and so many extras as standard! Also love the paint job!

My husband is also very picky and loved the Discovery! I'm thinking of upgrading one day and will be going straight back to discovery!
Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716889 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Sun, 05 August 2012 22:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
  Kilanya  
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Thanks all, I can't believe the amount of float brands around these days, it's ridiculous!
Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716948 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 08:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hi, I had a Gladiator float made, collected a couple months ago. Made in Woollongong. Not many around esp in Victoria. I LOVE it, and so do my horses. I did about 3 months research as this is my first and probably last float, so I wanted lots of different things and wanted it to last. I have only had positive comments (and drooling) by anyone that has seen it. website http://www.gladiatorfloats.com.au
Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716966 is a reply to message #2716948 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 09:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
  Rayhay  
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My pics are (not necessarily in any order):

Tender Deluxe
Discovery
Brumby
Ranger
Crisfloat
Pegasus
Stallion.

Wont go wrong with any of them.


It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716971 is a reply to message #2716966 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 09:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I have had two BRUMBY floats now and would never get anything else. Exceptionally well made and lovely to use and tow. Here is the link to the thread with photos of mine Very Happy

http://vichorse.com/forum/index.php?t=msg&goto=2403407&a mp;S=395f47e1ee9896eef47597c70aab8ac1#msg_2403407


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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716972 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 09:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
  Groucho  
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I love my Tuza

There was alot of negative "vibes" surrounding them when I was researching, yet no one could actually answer exactly what was wrong with them

They arent that common in Victoria, but quite common in NSW

Many many older (10 years plus) Tuza's getting around up here, which to me gives me confidence that my float will go the distance.

Many other brands, you dont see many of, past a few years old, which is a little more worrying
Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716975 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 09:24 Go to previous messageGo to next message
  madsyoudork  
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You'll be hard pressed to find a Crisfloat owner who isn't happy. There's a reason they rarely come up 2nd hand.
Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716983 is a reply to message #2716971 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 09:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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zzahra84 wrote on Mon, 06 August 2012 09:23

I have had two BRUMBY floats now and would never get anything else. Exceptionally well made and lovely to use and tow. Here is the link to the thread with photos of mine Very Happy

http://vichorse.com/forum/index.php?t=msg&goto=2403407&a mp;a mp;S=395f47e1ee9896eef47597c70aab8ac1#msg_2403407



Luvely Very Happy I got my second BRUMBY and same with the first one - with all the extras I got with it ... worked out to be between $2500-$4500 cheaper compared to other top brands.
BRUMBY would be the only one I would buy second hand, if you can get hold of one.
Friend sold hers to upgrade and her's would have had a max. of 1 month use Shocked Needless to say she got more than she payed, as the new owner wanted the brand and didn't want to wait.
The only other float I would consider is a Boeckmann, but that's more for "sentimental" reasons Razz Laughing They are excellent floats though !
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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2716985 is a reply to message #2716971 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 09:40 Go to previous messageGo to next message
  Kilanya  
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zzahra84 wrote on Mon, 06 August 2012 09:23

I have had two BRUMBY floats now and would never get anything else. Exceptionally well made and lovely to use and tow. Here is the link to the thread with photos of mine Very Happy

http://vichorse.com/forum/index.php?t=msg&goto=2403407&a mp;a mp;S=395f47e1ee9896eef47597c70aab8ac1#msg_2403407



Gorgeous float!! I really like the look of the Brumby's and Discovery floats.
Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2717015 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 10:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'm looking at Lara Floats...any good?

Sorry to hi-jack...also interested in reviews.


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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2717019 is a reply to message #2717015 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 10:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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MonicaM84 wrote on Mon, 06 August 2012 10:22

I'm looking at Lara Floats...any good?

Sorry to hi-jack...also interested in reviews.



Uh Oh Surely not
Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2717023 is a reply to message #2717015 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 10:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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MonicaM84 wrote on Mon, 06 August 2012 10:22

I'm looking at Lara Floats...any good?

Sorry to hi-jack...also interested in reviews.


Do a search on here...you'll find the answer pretty fast if you're adept at reading between the lines.


Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2717025 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 10:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Shocked Who mentioned the VOLDEMORT float !?


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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2717041 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 10:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I have to recommend the beautiful Strathbogie Floats, I floated a horse in ours for the first time on Saturday and it sits beautifully on the road, everything is finished beautifully, super sturdy floor and a great local business.

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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2717049 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 10:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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hahaa...okie dokie then, cheers Very Happy


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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2717088 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 11:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
  appy_luver123  
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We have an Equus and love it Smile

Don was very happy to answer our millions of questions, we are very happy with our float Smile

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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2717184 is a reply to message #2717088 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 13:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I recently went through all of this Laughing

The brands of float that I have narrowed down to are:

Rowville
Rice
Brumby
Stallion

This was due to price, features, reliability, quality and customer service etc.

Obviously this is just from the research I have done, I am sure there are others out there that are good as well.


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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2717337 is a reply to message #2717184 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 16:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
  marcella  
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I scored with the Crisfloat and it was only for sale as the owner has become ill.

If I hadn't got so lucky I would have purchased a Nandor horsefloat and was also looking at the Equus. Neither had lots of standard features unlike others but I preferred the solidness of the float.


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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2717353 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 16:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Step away from the computer,

I have an imperial
They are an import float - but are imported in pieces and are fully assembled in Australia and (like all imported floats) must be tested and checked to Australian standards to be registered
I have a second-hand one - it is good, and for the price I got it it is fair.. Shell is 100% solid, floor is great - but quality in some areas isn't as great - fly mesh is coming off the windows (4y/o float - I bought 2nd hand) and just little things that is isn't finished off 110% friend's tack-box needed the hinges re-welded after about 18m/o - no structual damage or anything dangerous but you do get what you pay for...

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/421026_2864177969005_1681320254_n.jpg

and the front was 'empty space'

so I got a kitchenette put in

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s720x720/582110_3593626924773_549212344_n.jpg

total cost $15,000 for a 2-angle with seperate living - doubt you'll find it anywhere else that cheap... I was on a budget so did compromise on price and the brands such as imperial and pegasus that were cheaper I found compromised on the 'finishing' touches... would have LOVED a stallion, they looked to be the best finished off etc., that was my ideal, but for what I wanted new it was too much and couldn't find anything on the 2nd hand market in budget either...and brumby was high on the list but fell in that same catagory...

I have found that popularity of floats is around where they are produced you see tonnes of tuza and imperial around up here in NSW - but you hardly hear of these brands from Victorians - and the brands you all brag about i.e. Brumby - I can honestly say in all my years of showing/PC/gymkhana etc. I have only seen one brumby float I can re-call!

The only one to stay well well away from is the Lara bingle float Rolls Eyes also campbells in QLD, haven't seen one, but heard quiet a few bad things Sad ...

goodluck!!


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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2717454 is a reply to message #2717353 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 18:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
  marcella  
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Am in Qld and have not heard of a Campbell float. Doesn't mean it doesn't exist but I just haven't heard of one.


Not in Victoria - look north, way north... actually lie on your back in the paddock.. and... you wont find me there
Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2717484 is a reply to message #2717454 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 19:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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marcella wrote on Mon, 06 August 2012 18:44

Am in Qld and have not heard of a Campbell float. Doesn't mean it doesn't exist but I just haven't heard of one.


Apologies there is campbell floats but (just checked they are VIC - could have sworn it was QLD for some reason!)
http://www.campbellfloats.com/product%20pages/horse%20floats /straight-load-horse-floats.html
still heard bad reports - also pinnacle and empire are very similar/cheap style import floats...

Maybe I was thinking of 'Kings' in QLD - which I was dissappointed I couldn't look at them, because they look okay from the web page - but then there is very few reviews around about them.. and they are cheap for what they are, just too far away to view myself but if I were closer/ had the chance I would like a look at those actually..


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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2717494 is a reply to message #2717484 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 19:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Few, am terribly nosey about floats up here and was worried I had missed one Very Happy

I have 2 friends with Kings and they tell me they are very happy. I haven't seen the floats. I have another with an Imperial and I had heard others talk of rust issues around the entry door. Looked at friends float and the paintwork was bubbling. Float at the time was less than 12 months old. Other than that the float appeared ok.

If anyone sees a Victory for sale (not the ancient one I have seen on eBay) they are worth grabbing as they are very over engineered. Sadly the manufacturer has folded. Very solid quality float.

Edited due to auto correct on my iPad gggrrrrr.

[Updated on: Mon, 06 August 2012 19:24]


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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2717617 is a reply to message #2716948 ] Mon, 06 August 2012 21:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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vet@ciderhouse.com.au wrote on Mon, 06 August 2012 08:45

Hi, I had a Gladiator float made, collected a couple months ago. Made in Woollongong. Not many around esp in Victoria. I LOVE it, and so do my horses. I did about 3 months research as this is my first and probably last float, so I wanted lots of different things and wanted it to last. I have only had positive comments (and drooling) by anyone that has seen it. website http://www.gladiatorfloats.com.au



I'm about 98% sure you will find it came out of the same Chinese factory as the Imperial, the Campbell and about 39 other names. If not, it is a remarkable copy.

My short list, in no particular order, would be;
Rowville
Chrisfloat
JR
Marksman
and for a float that was clearly designed by someone who looked at all the floats on the market and didn't like what was offered, the Equitech.
http://www.formtech.com.au/


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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2717978 is a reply to message #2717184 ] Tue, 07 August 2012 12:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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ellabw6 wrote on Mon, 06 August 2012 13:02

I recently went through all of this Laughing

The brands of float that I have narrowed down to are:

Rowville
Rice
Brumby
Stallion

This was due to price, features, reliability, quality and customer service etc.

Obviously this is just from the research I have done, I am sure there are others out there that are good as well.


I was supposed to buy a new float a year or two back but it fell through so have done a bit of research myself but basically came to the same decision as the poster above, with exception to Brumby being in place of Stallion.

Basically I would be happy to go with any of the three "R"'s... Ranger, Rice or Rowville OR a Brumby. Purely based on materials used in construction (colourbond or zincaneal for external plus hardwood in flooring), highly unlikely to rust (any of them), been around many years, reliable, etc.

I currently am borrowing a friends Tender Deluxe and JJ travels beautifully in it, she's very happy and comfortable in there with the sliding windows and pop up vents, extra space at the front with the tack box etc, it really is beautifully made for the horse, my only gripe is the paint, I mean it is several years old now but does have some rust patches unfortunately Sad


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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2719098 is a reply to message #2717978 ] Wed, 08 August 2012 23:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
  Kilanya  
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Thanks everyone, I appreciate the opinions.
Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2719320 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Thu, 09 August 2012 11:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Rowville for sure Very Happy
I've had mine for 11 years and it's still in fantastic condiditon even having been stored outside for the first half of its life! I know that when I put my horses in there that's where they're going to stay! The quality is great and they're Aussie made and having just ordered a new one (bigger to make the big pony more comfortable), I also know that they do their best to use Aussie products wherever possible. They take you right through the process of how the build their floats and are happy to answer any questions then they sit down with you to design your float how YOU want it and within your budget.
And they service them too!
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There are some nice floats imported from the states now.. i have a featherlite and love it.. might also be another good option..
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Sorry - don't know how to reply to this in the correct format: vet@ciderhouse.com.au[/email] wrote on Mon, 06 August 2012 08:45

Hi, I had a Gladiator float made, collected a couple months ago. Made in Woollongong. Not many around esp in Victoria. I LOVE it, and so do my horses. I did about 3 months research as this is my first and probably last float, so I wanted lots of different things and wanted it to last. I have only had positive comments (and drooling) by anyone that has seen it. website http://www.gladiatorfloats.com.au


Equivarna wrote:
I'm about 98% sure you will find it came out of the same Chinese factory as the Imperial, the Campbell and about 39 other names. If not, it is a]remarkable copy.

vet@ciderhouse.com.au:
Almost all parts that any float manufacturer use are imported from somewhere as Australia does not make many things. For example the roller rocker suspension is not made in Australia, it has to be imported. Checker plate is not made in Australia because there is no processing plant. Tonnes of aluminium ingots are sent to China and come back as checker plate or other aluminium sheeting. The rubber is sourced from Germany and Canada and also from China. Windows that are used on floats are not made in Australia. Wheels and mags from Bob Jane are all imported. There is not much that is Australian made these days.
Everything as you know is either made in China or some other part of the world.

But it doesn't really make any difference. Before I ordered it I researched thoroughly and could not be more happy with my float. And every single person that I have showed it to - from members of my riding club, judge/assessors, farriers, and other vets, even the auto electrician, has been very impressed with it.

And finally the horses are impressed with it (you can here them skiting about it with their friends Cool

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Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2719588 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Thu, 09 August 2012 16:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
  patch1  
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Registered: November 2008
Level 2
Got a brand new 2 horse angle load Rowville and could not be happier - I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

One of the main reasons was that I had originally looked at buying a second hand one and found that even floats up to 10 years old were holding their re-sale value really well and when it comes to selling mine I will probably get a good price for it (this can be said for all the well known brands like Rowville, Tender Deluxe, Discovery, Stallion).

They are fantastic to work with, Brad will go through everything with you and stick to your budget.

I chose them over other float builders too because close to where we live, which may not be an issue but I just wanted to make sure that if I have any problems it's not far to go to get it dealt with.

Don't get worried about asking as many questions as you want, no pressure.
Re: Float Brand Reviews Please? [message #2719612 is a reply to message #2716393 ] Thu, 09 August 2012 17:15 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
  hf15  
Messages: 1865
Registered: April 2011
Stark, Raving Bonkers
i personally wouldnt touch a new ranger. we have one made in 2005, all of the ones before that are great and i would buy another one in a heartbeat but i think the original maker of the floats died when ours was half built. so we ended up with a very leaky, badly wired float that keeps falling apart (most of the pop rivets have burst off at one stage or another and have had to be replaced.)
the frame itself is sound but the finish of it is shocking.

a few friends have Strathbogie, Tavare, Amberly, and brumby floats. all good floats.
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