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    Default Small transfer pump recommendation

    Looking for recommendations on a (budget friendly) pump, that wont take forever, to pump sap from atv tanks (15 & 55 gallon drum) to a 275 gallon tote. I can drive right to it so I don't have to pump far. I would usually be pumping 50-100 gallons at a time. There is electricity close by but am open to gas powered pumps also.

    I currently do it the old fashioned way, one 6 gallon bucket at a time..

    I appreciate any input.

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    I use a boat bilge pump. It works pretty well and is not very expensive.
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    Harbor Freight has a 1" pump, similar to the Honda WX-10, for around $150 that pumps 35 gallons per minute. With their 20% off coupon, it is around $120. We have one of these as a backup transfer pump and they pump well, but are more difficult to start than our Honda. If you consider one, replace the Chinese spark plug with an NGK and you will find it starts much easier.
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    I just bought a couple of small 12 volt Seaflo 5.5gpm diaphragm pumps for sap transfer to try next season. They are about $100 including adaptor fittings. Going to use one for sap transfer from a 50 gallon barrel up a hill to my sugarhouse, and will use another one for pumping a roadside barrel to a tank on my truck. I have only tested it as a sap vacuum pump so far, it works as good as the Shurflo 4008 for that purpose, with almost twice the flow rate. Draws about 4x more power though. The Seaflo pumps are marketed to the marine industry but the materials internal to the pump are the same ones used in other diaphragm pumps like Shurflo which are rated for potable water, so it seems like it will be fine for sap. We'll see how they hold up.

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    im with Doc on this one 12 volt Bilge pump,fast and compact and around $50
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    Thanks for the responses everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by MISugarDaddy View Post
    Harbor Freight has a 1" pump, similar to the Honda WX-10, for around $150 that pumps 35 gallons per minute. With their 20% off coupon, it is around $120. We have one of these as a backup transfer pump and they pump well, but are more difficult to start than our Honda. If you consider one, replace the Chinese spark plug with an NGK and you will find it starts much easier.
    Gary
    That's funny, I was actually looking at that same pump a couple days before I posted looking for recommendations. It seems like it would get the job done quickly compared to the electric pumps. Though I like the idea of an electric pump for the obvious reasons (no filling, fighting to get started, etc.), it just seems like the others may take longer than me doing it the old fashioned way of draining the 55 gallon drum into one bucket and then dumping it into the 275gal tote while the other bucket is filling. (I know the old fashioned way sounds ridiculous to most, but I'm cheap and it's fairly fast to empty the drums off the wheeler that way)

    You guys that use the bilge pumps, about how long do you think it'd take to empty the 55 gallon drums up into the tote? (sorry for my ignorance).



    Thanks again and any other suggestions or input is greatly appreciated.

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    Here is another option.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/lawn-g...gph-63316.html

    I personally have not used one of these but was looking at getting one for a transfer pump get pump sap up to my head tank.
    It looks like that if there is not a lot of elevation that you will be lifting the sap it would get the job done fairly quickly, about 25 gals/min.
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    I use a larger Rule pump that pumps 30+ gals/minute but they make all sizes. I use the UTV battery to power the pump. very very simple.
    Chad

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    2015: 15 taps on bags
    2016: 150 taps: 100 on bags, 50 on 3/16" natural vac, 2x8 AUF/AOF Homebuilt Arch, 2x8 SL Drop Flu & Auto Draw, SL Propane Canner/Bottler
    2017: 225 taps: Built Lean to, Added SL hood, preheater, concentric exhaust, SL SS 7" SB Filter Press

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    https://jet.com/product/detail/5ce0b...xoCxtkQAvD_BwE

    I have a couple of these and they pump pretty good.

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