Fuel Transfer Pump Selection

What is a fuel transfer pump?

Like the name suggests, a fuel transfer pump transports fuel and other liquids from point A to point B in a way that’s reliable and safe. Most obvious, is the fuel transfer pump you use every week to fill up your car with petrol.

Fuel transfer pumps play an important role in various refuelling systems. Fuel transfer pumps are used for earth moving machines, on construction yards and across the oil & gas industry.

Fuel transfer pumps transfer the fuel/liquid from a storage tank to a nozzle/vehicle. Most fuel transfer pumps can work with a variety of liquids such as diesel, petrol and other liquids.

Durable, practical and long lasting – fuel transfer pumps are essential pieces of equipment for various purposes and industries.

A recent study in the US predicted incredible growth for the fuel transfer pump market, estimating a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.9% from 2022 to 2030. With this growth, there’s a great increase of fuel transfer pumps available to consumers. Thus, it’s even more important to do your research on fuel transfer pumps before you purchase.

Here, we’ve listed the factors you need to keep in mind for your fuel transfer pump selection.

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Flow rate

You’ll find the flow chart for each fuel transfer pump listed in each product description on Pumps Australia’s website. 

Flow rate refers to the rate in which the liquid is being transported from one point to another. Flow rate differs between each fuel transfer pump. The flow rate is measured by litres per minute. 

At Pumps Australia, fuel transfer pumps’ flow rates range from 233 litres per minute, 350 litres per minute, 1450 litres per minute and more! 

Depending on the size of your job will determine the flow rate needed. For large scale fuel transfer pump jobs, consider Pumps Australia’s selection of high powered hydraulic driven pumps

Mode of operation

When choosing your fuel transfer pump, keep in mind whether you need a fixed or mobile mode of operation. 

Fixed fuel transfer pumps can be heavier and less versatile whereas mobile fuel pumps are smaller in size and are usually DC powered. Mobile fuel transfer pumps are often used for transferring fuels from storage tanks to sites. 

Pressure requirement

You may be tempted to purchase the highest performing fuel transfer pump equipment however, if the pressure of your pump is higher than what’s needed for the job, you do risk damaging your environment and other equipment. 

Keep in mind the flow rate needed for the job and the fuel transfer pump that matches the requirements. It’s essential that you choose a fuel transfer pump that meets the required pressure to pressurise the fuel. 


Power refers to the performance of your fuel transfer pump. It’s vital to choose a fuel transfer pump with suitable power for the job at hand. 

Pumps Australia offers a wide selection of fuel transfer pumps from petrol driven, diesel driven, hydraulic driven as well as electric driven pumps. Find the best fuel transfer pump to suit your needs. 

Which Fuel Transfer Pump to purchase

Fuel Transfer Pumps have a long list of advantages and make a great addition to your pump system. From offering an easier engine operation, to delivering consistent output across pressure ranges and offering a wide range of flow rates – fuel transfer pumps are versatile and powerful pumps. 

It’s important to note, fuel transfer pumps can be noisy and cause vibrations. To mitigate the over-pressuring, it’s worth purchasing a pressure regulator valve. 

For more help and assistance with fuel transfer pumps, talk with our team at Pumps Australia. We have decades of experience in the industry and can guarantee we can match a pump to your requirements.

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