Is the HydroMover a bolt-on kit?

One of the top questions we heard over the last several months at the tradeshows was whether the HydroMover was a kit that could retrofit a gas-powered wheel line mover. The short answer is no it is not. It is a standalone wheel line mover. The HydroMover is a one-to-one replacement for the legacy gas-powered movers. So, you simply roll out the existing gas mover, and roll in the HydroMover and you are set to go! The HydroMover is compatible with standard 4” or 5” pipes and has a universal flange that will fit either a 6 or 8 bolt pattern.

What is a bolt-on kit?

So, for the long answer. First let’s look at what a bolt-on retrofit kit is. There are a few irrigation companies out there right now that offer a system that bolts onto your existing wheel line mover. These systems replace the gas-powered motor with an electric motor, batteries and solar panel. These systems struggle with reliability because they attempt to power not only the motor itself, but also the hydraulics. Hydraulics are power-hungry. As a result, these systems can have a hard time maintaining the power to move the line where you need it to go.

The HydroMover Difference

The HydroMover is a standalone mover and is built a bit different from standard gas wheelline movers. One difference is that we have no hydraulics. This is important because our units do not have any hydraulic “let off” when the machine is stationary while irrigating, or standing in the field in the off season. The combination of our gear ratio (468:1) and the electric motor in our power train prevents the machine from being blown around in the wind – or “free-wheeling.” Without the power hungry hydraulics, our solar system is able to charge the batteries quickly. One set move of approximately 60’ requires only minutes to top up the batteries. Our system sips on energy compared to the units electrifying the hydraulic movers.

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Jeremy McIntyre

VP Purchasing and Sales

Jeremy came to HydroSide after selling his own business, bringing with him experience in project and supply logistics, strategic planning, and customer and equipment service. Jeremy also spent 20 years in forest and agricultural vegetation management. His many skills and experiences make Jeremy a great asset to the HydroSide operations team. Jeremy grew up in Spokane, WA where he currently resides with his wife and their trio of kids. In his free time he enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, and gardening with his family.


Bryan Butcher

Inventory Manager

Bryan brings supply chain experience and machining expertise to the HydroSide team. Bryan’s prior experience includes 8 years in the U.S. Army in Logistics and Documentation Management, over 5 years in manufacturing, and a technical degree in Machining and Technology. When not at his desk, you can find Bryan on the shop floor machining parts as the need arises. Bryan grew up in the Spokane, WA area where he currently resides with his wife and dog Holyfield. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video and board games, fishing, BBQ-ing and spending time with family.


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