When choosing a water tank to keep your horses wet, you have two basic options, the good old standby, which is the galvanized steel tank and the latest addition to the stock market, the plastic plastic stock tank. Both plastic and steel water tanks come in all sizes, from 25 gallons to 800 liters of capacity. All come with a standard one-year manufacturer’s warranty against defects, regardless of the manufacturer.
The question most riders ask is which is better and which will last longer? We have owned both styles of stock tanks and both have both benefits and disadvantages. Indeed, it all comes down to a matter of personal preference when making this decision.
Plastic plastic tanks usually provide a removable drain plug at the bottom of the tank; this allows the use of tank plug heaters in the winter, which is probably one of the biggest benefits for a plastic drain tank. The drain plug drains into the drain plug at the bottom of the water tank, which prevents curious and bad horses from taking the tank heater out of the tank and playing with it! The other big benefit to a drain plug in the winter is that they are less expensive than other traditional water tank heaters! Typically, a new drain plug remover will cost approximately $ 34.99 new, compared to the standard sink tank remover will cost $ 47.00.
Galvanized steel tanks are easier to clean algae in the summer months with a brush than plastic plastic, which requires a little more washing and elbow grease. The steel tanks are sealed with a silicon product at the seams; this disintegrates over time and causes the steel tank to leak at the seams along the sides and bottom of the tank. This process will also speed up if you have horses that like to kick in steel tanks when the water starts to drop. To remedy this, you can reseal the tank seams with a silicone sealant or JB Weld also works great for this type of application. The key is to really work the product in the seams when you need to reseal the tank and make sure you apply the product on a clean, dry surface and then let it dry as recommended by the manufacturer before refilling the stock tank with water. .
Steel tanks should also come with a lower drain plug, although you will find that they are difficult to remove and if you lose the plug, it is even harder to find a replacement. Pole tanks, especially Rubbermaid water tanks, drain plugs are available immediately if you lose them. Generally, a steel tank is easier to push when you need to empty the stock tank to clean it.
When comparing the initial cost of these animal tanks, poly versus steel, they will be very similar and all differ depending on the gallon capacity of a tank. A 149-gallon pole tank will cost about $ 150.00, a steel tank with the same capacity will cost between $ 140 and $ 160 depending on where you are in the United States. The cost fluctuates more with steel, due to the regular change in steel prices.
The pole tanks will degrade more at higher levels until the UV exposure increases. The tanks will fade over time and become fragile. The major downfall of poly tanks is once they become fragile, there is no repair that can be made to the stock tank. A steel tank can be bent into shape, hit, hit and exposed to brutal cold and extreme heat and yet can be repaired after years of use. If you have a horse that likes to hit stock tanks, it may be advisable to stay away from pole tanks in general and be ready to reseal your steel tank every two years.
Both styles of pet tanks should last for years with proper care and without abuse. My galvanized steel water tanks that I use are over 15 years old. I’ve seen pole tanks so old. The bottom line is that choosing a water tank is a personal preference and anyone can get their money from each product for many years with proper care. What brand are you going with? The HW brand makes a remarkable tank made of galvanized steel, and Rubbermaid or Fortiflex both make a stock tank made of poly poles.