One of our favorite transfer water pumps is the Wayne PC4 transfer pump- this US-assembled transfer pump is designed from cast-iron steel and Wayne Anderson provides a one-year limited warranty with purchase. It was one of the most popularly received portable pump that we reviewed, with most users fairly impressed with its functionality.
One buyer said that once you have it assembled and pumping water, he found that in general it was equal to or in excess of a water pump rate of a typical kitchen faucet. This particular user employed it to pump water up a hill to power a sprinkler system- and he ran it for hours on end without any issue.
One small problem he discovered is that this portable water transfer pump can be a little bit slow to prime. Another bit of advice he provides for prospective buyers is that you'll want a particularly rugged hose to use while performing suction with the intake- your standard garden hose will likely constrict and pucker if you use it for any length of time.
Another buyer describes using this pump to transfer water from his flooded basement up to street level, roughly 85 feet away. It does the job well, though this particular reviewer does say that it is a bit louder than the traditional sump pump located beneath his residence. Yet another reviewer says that he purchased this particular portable transfer pump to help him drain his hot water heater when he closes his summer cottage down for the winter.
He is particularly impressed by the speed and power of the pump, saying that he's been able to drain 10 gallon buckets of water with ease-noting that the water literally shoots out of the hose, rapidly draining the bucket of its contents.
Buyers, in general, find this to be a relatively inexpensive, but solid, portable and multi-purpose water transfer pump. Indeed, it even has emergency applications- it can easily function as an emergency sump pump if you are able to power it with a generator during power outages.
Some particularly metric-minded buyers conducted some assessments and found that in terms of its performance it produces 40 pounds per square inch of static pressure. One negative is that if you don't use it for a while, it's likely to discharge some rusty water-so it's best to service it every 100 hours of operation.
The Wayne PC2 portable transfer water pump is another solid option- the predecessor of the more powerful PC4. Again, buyers were fairly impressed with this model, with one purchaser in particular describing how he used it to flush a tankless water heater- saying that its performance was flawless and the little transfer pump didn't overheat during the 45 minute process.
One criticism a reviewer had was that even though the manufacturer said that this is a self-priming pump, the included instructions indicated that you should prime it with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Another minor criticism this particular reviewer had was that since the pump inlet and outlet are male fittings, if you are trying to connect to a tankless water heater, or even a different hose, you will require a female-to-female adapter.
Definitely a lot of power in a small package- another reviewer advises you to wear hearing protection, particularly if you are working with this transfer pump in a small enclosed area. The noise can certainly become pretty loud. Some other users that have significant experience employing these transfer pumps say that if you're going to be moving the hoses around a great deal during operation, it makes sense to mount the transfer pump on a solid foundation to provide it with stability-you don't want it flopping around if you accidentally jar the hoses.
Another helpful reviewer advised that if you are flushing your waterless tank using vinegar, you will also want to clean out the pump as well as all of its fittings and hoses with a good water wash down because the vinegar can actually eat away the brass fittings if it is not adequately flushed after use.
Another reviewer who needed to empty a rain barrel that he uses to irrigate a small survivalist garden says that it gets the job done, but he notices that it will overheat if it runs dry for any length of time. Another interesting application that one reviewer put this portable pump to was draining his waterbed. Hey was happy with the job that it did, and raining a king-size water bed, making it easy to transport for his move, and was much quicker than manually siphoning it as he had done in the past.
The HydraPump was another option we examined- it received less favorable ratings from its users than some of the other pumps we surveyed. One unimpressed user says that he had to oil it after every use and he also says that he has significant self-priming issues with the transfer pump. Another buyer said that he concurs with the self-priming criticism, but still found a way to get a ton of use out of it, describing it as a particularly rugged and low-priced option.
In particular, he uses it as a complement to a submersible pump, saying that using the included hose he is able to empty relatively deep depths of standjng water. While the manufacturers say that it should only be used for clean water, another reviewer says that he found it an effective way to help vacuum silt that had fallen to the bottom of his summer home swimming pool.
He was able to screen out some of the larger sediment debris and it was effective for cleaning out the bottom of his backyard swimming pool.
Indeed, these transfer water pumps have a variety of uses- whether you are trying to dry out a flooded basement or boat, or even helping to irrigate lawns and gardens, these are handy tools to keep in your garage.
Sometimes you'll have to adapt them to your purpose- and oftentimes they don't always run perfectly out of the box, but most users, particularly those who purchased transfer pumps from Wayne Anderson, were generally satisfied with the performance that they got out of them.