Fuel Transfer Pump

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Frequently Asked Questions - Fuel Transfer Pumps

It’s not recommended for our fuel transfer pumps to be used with petroleum products. Due to the volatile nature of petroleum, the user’s safety can be compromised if you choose to use it with fuel transfer pumps.

Yes, using a fuel nozzle does matter when using with a fuel transfer pump. Due to the nature of how a fuel nozzle works, there is potential danger to dead head the fuel transfer pump. This means a more robust fuel transfer pump is required. We highly recommend using a Cast Iron housing style pump for this exact reason, it’s also recommended to run a return line from the top of the fuel transfer pump back to the supply tank.
This will help not only alleviate the back pressure on the fuel transfer pump, but also ensure any air locks are removed.  

No, our fuel transfer pumps are not self-priming. This means they will require a flooded suction from the supply tank.

Flooded suction simply means the fuel transfer pump needs to sit below the tank. The liquid is held at a level above the suction port of the fuel transfer pump, and allows liquid to arrive at the fuel transfer pump through gravity

When a fuel transfer pump is ‘dead-headed’ it refers to when it’s operated without an open discharge outlet. Very little horsepower input is required for the fuel transfer pump in order to spin the impeller with no water flow. Instead, continuing to spin the same volume of water as it would with no outlet. The rotational energy of the shaft and impeller is converted into heat; eventually, the water will boil inside the housing, causing severe damage over time. Damage can vary from harm to the mechanical seal, cracking of the pump housing and/or warping of the transfer pump’s rubber seals.

Electric start, also commonly known as key start – requires the user to turn a key to start the motor of the fuel transfer pump.  These units will require an external 12v power source (generally a battery).

Recoil Start, also commonly known as Pull Start – requires the user to pull the fuel transfer pump motor over by hand, this is done with a recoil rope. Much like your common lawnmower. No Battery is required for the fuel transfer pump.

It depends greatly on your physical abilities, if the user doesn’t have any ailments and is of fit physical stature then a recoil start fuel transfer pump should be fine. Just note; depending on how long the engine is laid dormant for and if it’s been in the weather, multiple pulls may be required to start the fuel transfer pump.

If the user isn’t up to the physical strain that is required from pull starting the fuel transfer pump engine, it’s highly recommended electric start upgrade is required for the fuel transfer pump.

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