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Water pumps

Postby jules » Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:12 pm

I'm considering replacing a 5hp Briggs and Stratton/Davey water pump I've had sitting up by my dam for 30+ years. It's permanently piped [is that the correct expression] in though it's not used regularly and can sometimes sit for a year without running. The water supply it supports is a syphon with about 10 metres head and 500m of 1.5" pipe. It's been reliable and durable and provided I can get the parts, it's probably good for a few more years work. It's also there in case of bush fires.

Anybody care to suggest a good replacement? Honda/Onga have been around forever and have a good reputation but I see there's quite a few other brands around that I'm not familiar with, though they might do a good job, as above. Reliability and durability rate higher than sheer performance but I don't need to get into anything at the diesel level given the engine won't get a huge amount of work.
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Re: Water pumps

Postby jules » Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:30 am

Pulled the pump out of the line, gave it a good going over in my "workshop" and it's running and starting as well as it ever has, so a new pump goes on the back burner.

I'm still intrigued though ... an ebay search came up with a Warton pump.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-WARTON-2 ... SwiONYKrKk

The pump looks good, as far as you can tell from photos and the company claims to be "100% Australian owned and operated". Given the difficulty of producing anything like this economically, in competition with China, Korea etc. I have to think it might not be Australian made.

Anyone know anything about this?

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Re: Water pumps

Postby new to solar power » Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:55 am

Edisons are in Seven Hills Sydney and that bit might be Australian owned and operated but I don't think they have any Australian made items. I just checked the eBay listing you posted here and when you scroll down and look at the ID photo it says made in PRC.They work fine until it is stuffed and then for $219-00 including postage you get another one. Apprently this is the new way of life now and it does away with the handy man who can fix anything.
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Re: Water pumps

Postby jules » Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:07 pm

Ah yes "PRC"! I saw it but failed to make a connection. Thanks.

Always hard to know what the level of quality is, though it looks like a Honda clone, given the OHV on the tappet cover.
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