Looking for a good hand pump backup for well head

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by stoneaxe, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. stoneaxe

    stoneaxe New Member

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    I plan to install a hand pump on top of the well cap as part of my well re-pump. I am looking at the "simple pump" brand- does anyone have suggestions, opinions, advice etc? We lose power a lot, sometimes for a long time-this would be a emergency backup in case the generator is out of fuel, or broken, etc. Apparently this pump can pump into a pressure tank.
    Thanks for your advice.!
  2. Texas Wellman

    Texas Wellman In the Trades

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    For what you're gonna spend for the Simple Pump get yourself a Grundfos SQ Flex and 3 solar panels with the AC/DC box. When the power goes out the pump will run on solar and your arms will be much less tired. Plus you never need any fuel for generators. When the AC power is restored the pump will swap back to AC power.

  3. stoneaxe

    stoneaxe New Member

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    Sun around here is a rare thing in the winter- I want a completely redundant system also- don't want to rely on the electric pump totally.
  4. VAWellDriller

    VAWellDriller Member

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    Simple, Bison, and Baker all make great hand pumps, but they are terribly expensive. I've found the "Handy Well Pump", from a company called Being Water....they are all PVC and very simple. I've put in 5 this summer, and all have worked really well.
  5. DonL

    DonL Out of the Trades

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  6. stoneaxe

    stoneaxe New Member

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    About 20' lift, but I want to pump into the pressure tank- simple pump says their unit can do this.
  7. DonL

    DonL Out of the Trades

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    Good Luck with that.

    Buy Food so that you will have the BTUs to do it.

    It will work if you have power.


    People are spoiled...
  8. stoneaxe

    stoneaxe New Member

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    Do you have personal experience with the simple pump, or are your comments generic for all hand pumps?
  9. DonL

    DonL Out of the Trades

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    I thought you was talking Pitcher Pump. Sorry.

    A water storage tank and compressed air may be a better choice.

    If you think you can hand pump into a pressured tank very long then more power to you.


    Good Luck on your project.
  10. Being Water

    Being Water Junior Member

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    To be up front, I am involved with Handy Well Pumps. They now have a steel version as well as a lever model that is really slick. www.handywellpump.com
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