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Old 07-05-2010, 01:57 PM   #1
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Water pump worth keeping?

I haven't even determined if this pump works. If it does, is it worth keeping or have they improved so drastically that only this would only appeal to a purist. Brand is Peters and Russell, GPM is 3.1, Model is 6800.

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Old 07-05-2010, 02:10 PM   #2
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If it works, the belt driven pumps are fine. After all, the only purpose of a water pump is to pump water. Be aware that this kind of pump can still have water in the black bottom section even after careful draining of the rest of the system leaving it vulnerable to freezing damage. Check it for leaks and watch when winterizing.
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Old 07-05-2010, 11:54 PM   #3
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They are loud and appeal only to purists.

If it works and you like it, well, fine. I don't know that I would necessarily try to fix one.
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Those do make very nice solar powered garden watering or fountain pumps though there are better ones for any constant duty applications.. Last I checked a rebuild kit was under $50.
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:38 AM   #5
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I have a constant and steady drip from mine, so it is sitting on a shelf and a new Flowjet is in it's place. I was shocked by how quite the new pump was and the extra gpm is nice.
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:57 AM   #6
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Boy that thing looks dangerous (to hands & fingers) with that open spocket,. Did someone say belt driven? or is it chain driven? Any way I'd hope it is not somewhere that the unsuspecting could reach under a cabinet and into the belt/chain mechanism.
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It's a toothed belt, also called a synchronous belt, intended mainly for use in machines where the timing between parts must be maintained. It combines the synchronous properties of a gear or chain drive with the vibration reduction properties of a belt. Why they chose to use one for the pumps is beyond me.

No, they're not the safest, but the torque is low enough that the risk of injury isn't as great as it looks.

The flojet is the way to go.
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Boy that thing looks dangerous (to hands & fingers) with that open spocket,. Did someone say belt driven? or is it chain driven? Any way I'd hope it is not somewhere that the unsuspecting could reach under a cabinet and into the belt/chain mechanism.
It is a Gilmer belt, not a chain. The one in my Trade Wind, different brand but similar, is next to the water tank in front and in a small compartment under the cushions. Not any reason to go there except to access the pump.

Yes, they make a little noise, but I really don't spend that much time with the pump running. Since mine has the aforementioned poor winterizing damage, I won't replace it with another like it (Amazon.com: Jabsco 36950-2000 Marine PAR High Pressure Belt Drive…) because of the cost.
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I have one if anyone wants it. It worked fine when I pulled it out. But it was very load, the new ones aren't quite as bad..
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It works!

Well at least it pumps water and does not appear to have any leaks. Only ran it for a short time but didn't seem loud at all. Not sure what features they have compared to the newer pumps. Do they run until water pressure is achieved and then shut down automatically or do they run by a flip of a switch and you turn it on when needed. I see new pumps are activated be demand. Also see that this pump has peak of 9 amps power consumption and the newer pumps are probably more efficient.
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:48 PM   #11
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I have one if anyone wants it. It worked fine when I pulled it out. But it was very load, the new ones aren't quite as bad..
My budget for remodeling is running tight and I could really use this if you still have it. I'm at 85713

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Water pump worth keeping?

I am not a purist, but I have kept the Jabsco PAR water pumps in both of my coaches for much the same reason that I have kept my 1961 central air conditioning unit in service - - the unit is rebuidable and will last indefinitely with some care. The PAR pump in my 1978 Minuet is original and has been rebuilt twice. My Overlander didn't have a water pump when I purchased it, but I splurged on a PAR pump and it has now served me very well for 15 years and has yet to need a rebuild. I can put up with a little extra noise to achieve the long-term durability of the Jabsco PAR pumps.

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