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Posted by Jonathan Meier on 23rd Feb 2019
PUMP BUYING GUIDE
We carry several high quality water pumps that can be used in a variety of applications.
Check out our guide to determine which pump will best suit your needs.
IF YOU HAVE AN UNDERGROUND WATER TANK, AND YOU…
Want to supply an irrigation system where each zone is designed to expel at least 5 gallons per minute, or GPM, (but not more than 8 GPM) at ~ 50 PSI: Grundfos SBA 3-45-AW, Strom BSP (3/4HP), Franklin C1 with pressure tank
Want to supply an irrigation system where each zone is designed to expel between 8-14 GPM at ~ 50 PSI: Strom BSP (3/4HP)
Want to supply an irrigation system where each zone is designed to expel between 12-17 GPM at ~50PSI: Strom BSP (1HP)
Want to supply an irrigation system where each zone is designed to expel less than 5GPM at less than 50PSI (for instance, small scale drip irrigation): Franklin C1 with minimum 20-gallon pressure tank, Strom BSP 3/4HP WITH relief line feeding back to tank (ask us for drawing that illustrates this)
If energy efficiency is a concern (i.e., if you are in an off-grid home): Franklin C1 with the largest pressure tank you can afford (usually best to source the larger pressure tanks locally to save on freight but we do carry tanks up to 119-gallons in capacity)
IF YOU HAVE AN ABOVE-GROUND WATER TANK, AND YOU…
Have a cabin, mobile home, tiny home, or building with limited or no indoor utility space: Grundfos MQ with keypad cover, Grundfos SBA 3-45-AW, Strom BSP (3/4HP). PLEASE NOTE: Winterization of pumps will be required if you live in an area where temps get below freezing.
Want to supply a house or building with pressurized water, and the home/building has at least 4 sq ft of floor space in a utility room: Franklin C1 with 20-gallon pressure tank, Franklin VersaJet 3/4HP pump with pressure tank. PLEASE NOTE: Winterization of pumps will be required if you live in an area where temps get below freezing.
On our youtube page, we uploaded a video last year that reviews the basic components of a cistern pump, as well as details how cistern pumps are installed. In this case, we focused specifically on submersible cistern pumps that use a pressure switch for the pump control, as well as a pressure tank to regulate water [...]