6 Month cheapo pump update

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog. Water is life.' started by 2stupid2fixit, Jun 20, 2021.

  1. 2stupid2fixit

    2stupid2fixit Member

    Nov 30, 2020
    Penn Forest Township, Pennsylvania
    Sometimes questions are asked in this forum about cheap deep well pumps. Many places sell cheap pumps that enable youtube video posters of some schmuck rasing up a dead pump and changing it out lickety split. The videos on youtube don't show you the guy that followed a video and accidentally dropped his old pump through a living room in China. Skill is required for this. Valveman and reach4 might remember when I had no money and bought a $150 Hallmark MA0459X-14A to replace my 1/2 horse 1970s Golds/Franklin.

    This is not an advertisement for this particular pump. It's just an update of where I am 6 months after lowering this ebay find into my 250 foot well.

    The power-on surge amperage draw is the same as the day I installed it within 2-3% give or take.
    The running current draw has not changed, it is within 2% of when I first installed it.
    The output pressure has not changed.

    The well professionals around me told me to never waste a penny on garbage as I bought, but I can tell you this in my little update...

    Either I have been very fortunate, or the variables that make cheap pumps work have, so far, been in my favor. I did somehow by accident end up with a much more powerful brand new and free hallmark 2hp replacement pump in storage and waiting to be dropped down on the day this 3/4 horse quits. From an accounting perspective, as of right now I am still ahead of the game. Back to the pump's construction... The wire harness on a Nintendo controller looked to have better engineering behind it. I think it's 14ga stranded. I connected that to the 10 ga solid wire that went back to my house and felt silly. The outlet adapter and "internal check valve" look to be made of a cheaper plastic than disposable packing material. Hallmark tech support even tells purchasers "do not rely on the internal check valve, there is a sticker on the pump that says an external check valve is required".

    It is still working just fine.

    I am NOT endorsing this pump for any personal gain whatsoever, I am simply providing a status update on a cheap deep submersible as promised.

    I will let you know 6 months from now if my 3/4 hallmark pump is working without any issues, and immediately when it does crap out.

    I had lots of time on my hands (no, I was not in prison) and I like to read everything I can. For no good reason, I studied all the material I could find for the education track of NGWA's Certified Pump Installer. I will be taking the exam in the quick future. Will I ever install professionally or need my certification in a professional setting? Probably never. Maybe Amish thinking has overtaken how I operate because I refuse to own anything that I cannot repair myself. I have the ability to yank up a cheap dead pump and slap on another free cheap soon-to-be-dead pump, but your mileage may vary.
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