Replacing Heavy Steel Parts with Lightweight Plastics


Replacing Heavy Steel Parts with Lightweight Plastics | Global Tanks

Steel or plastic? It’s one of the most common questions we get asked about water tanks, agricultural products, and rural vehicle accessories. Which one lasts longer, costs less, offers the best value for money, and is the easiest to install?


In this article, we take a look at 3 reasons why we think plastic products are far more superior in the plastic vs. steel debate:

1. Easy to transport

One of the best reasons for replacing your heavy steel products with lightweight plastic products is that they are a lot easier to install and transport.

For example, our rainwater tanks can be easily rolled, lifted, and put in place quickly and efficiently by a small team. And our rural vehicle toolboxes are so lightweight you’ll have improved fuel efficiency and no problem lifting them on or off of your ute.

But wait! It gets better. The flexibility of polyethylene also means that we can custom design your products in a variety of shapes and styles, allowing for installation in unusual places or locations which might ordinarily be too small.

2. Plastic tanks are food-grade safe

Over time, heavy steel products typically rust and corrode. Sometimes the zinc in domestic tanks and agricultural troughs may even leak into your water supply and leave an unpleasant metallic taste.

One study conducted by the Public and Environmental Health Service in Tasmania also found that some stainless steel tanks contained harmful levels of lead.

So what’s the solution?

You guessed it – Poly water tanks!

Our lightweight poly water tanks are manufactured from food-grade safe, BPA-free plastic, which means that they offer only pure, high-quality drinking water. And, unlike other water tanks that are made from metal, our plastic water tanks are also rust and corrosion resistant. So you can relax knowing that your family (and beloved animals) are always safe!

3. Made tough for rural Australian conditions

Unlike heavy steel products, which are typically made by welding or bolting together various components, our products are made from one piece of lightweight plastic. This means that they have no weak weld lines, side seams, joints, rivets, or screws.

As a result, products like our rural vehicle accessories and transportable tanks (which typically bounce around a lot during transportation) offer greater durability and are less likely to fall apart due to weak weld lines. In fact, some of our poly products can last up to 20 years or more!

Are you interested in purchasing lightweight plastic products? Looking for a custom solution for your business or agricultural pursuit? Contact Global today to find out how we can help you!

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