Does anybody have any recommendations for a high capacity water pump which
runs off gasoline? Honda and a number of other companies make 2 and 3 inch
discharge pumps for draining swimming pools, flooded basements, construction
sites, etc. They typically can handle 100 gallons per minute and up.
It really depends on what yoiu are pumping and how much you plan on
The most efficient is a "clear water" pump but it won't tolerate much
debris. The other end of that scale is a diaphram mud pump that will
move almost anything but not that efficiently.
The other issue is duribility. A Briggs cast aluminum engine will
probably be fine for occasional use but a pump used a lot needs a more
substantial engine like the commercial Honda. That has low oil
shutoff, steel sleeved cylinders and other stuff for heavy duty use.
Thanks for your reply!
I want to pump water and not any debris or sludge. The Honda impressed me a
lot but is close to $500. There are much cheaper alternatives with the same
pumping capacity, but I am reluctant to buy a cheapo unit and then regret
I wonder if the $200 to $250 alternatives from Kawasaki and others are
garbage or if they hold up well and are a better choice. I could buy 2 of
them for the price of a Honda......
the place I used to work only went through 3 wacker pumps with Honda engines
in about 8 years. This is running 12 hours a day, seven days a week, during
the watering season and not being allowed to cool off before shutdown. (we'd
just let it run out of gas). The only drawback is the engine is proprietary
to the pump and you can't buy a crankshaft for it when the bearings go out.
We'd just buy a whole new pump. I think one would last forever in
intermittent use and cooled off properly. (idled down for at least 5
"Smarty" < email@example.com> wrote in message
I think Briggs suggests oil change every 25 hours. In your case,
that's every other day. I like Castrol for motor oil. On my last
truck, that was the only oil that quieted the rod knock for more than
two days after an oil change.
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
You get what you pay for. Honda may be a little overpriced but they
have a good reputation. On the other hand if this is goinmg to be
sitting in the garage most of the time you might never wear it out,
even if it was a cheaper model. They are all hard to start and don't
age well if you are not using them.
Compare features and see what the price/performance point is for your
use. Most folks do fine with something in the middle.
Thanks to both of you for replying. My need are strictly for emergency
backup with very light use so it sounds like the Honda may be overkill. I'll
do some research and pick a cheaper pump given the big price difference and
light duty service.
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