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Honey pumps seem to be crazy expensive and overpriced for what they are but I'm getting sick of the bucket brigade. Can any one give some tips on the lowest cost option other than a bucket?

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what sort of volume do you need to pump and how high does it need to go?

 

generally flexible impeller pumps are the cheapest.

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We have some pretty cheap pumps. Somehow they make it through the RMP twice a year.

 

The two extractors gravity feed honey into a small tank where a brass vein pump runs all day .... moving honey  through a 50mm pipe into the water jacketed slurry tank.

A 50 mm Mono pump then moves honey and wax slurry from the water jacketed tank under the uncapper through the heat exchanger to the Honey Hummer.

A 32 mm brass gear pump moves honey from the extracting room honey tank below the Humming wax separator  up into the  bulk tank, where another brass gear pump with an electric cut off pumps into drums via a 50mm pipe.

 

These pumps are all over twenty years old and cost next to nothing as they were second hand.

The Mono pump seems to be the only one we have to maintain, replacing the rubber sleeve on the worm drive every few years.

 

We do still use a Bucket Pump ..... for cleaning floor spillages . The only sort that does the job well.

 

At the end of the season we 'winterise' them by disconnecting the pipes and leaving them full of honey. 

Seems to work.

 

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52 minutes ago, jamesc said:

We have some pretty cheap pumps. Somehow they make it through the RMP twice a year.

 

The two extractors gravity feed honey into a small tank where a brass vein pump runs all day .... moving honey  through a 50mm pipe into the water jacketed slurry tank.

A 50 mm Mono pump then moves honey and wax slurry from the water jacketed tank under the uncapper through the heat exchanger to the Honey Hummer.

A 32 mm brass gear pump moves honey from the extracting room honey tank below the Humming wax separator  up into the  bulk tank, where another brass gear pump with an electric cut off pumps into drums via a 50mm pipe.

 

These pumps are all over twenty years old and cost next to nothing as they were second hand.

The Mono pump seems to be the only one we have to maintain, replacing the rubber sleeve on the worm drive every few years.

 

We do still use a Bucket Pump ..... for cleaning floor spillages . The only sort that does the job well.

 

At the end of the season we 'winterise' them by disconnecting the pipes and leaving them full of honey. 

Seems to work.

 

Sounds like your extraction system is identical to mine..

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the old brass gear pumps are great for warm honey.

retired ours as was to worn to keep up. one of the problems is the honey corrodes the brass.

 

53 minutes ago, jamesc said:

The Mono pump seems to be the only one we have to maintain, replacing the rubber sleeve on the worm drive every few years.

 

progressive cavity? 

if so ours has been very good. nothing replaced with years of use. but you can't run them dry and they do not like pumping water. also have a mesh before it to stop big stuff going through it.

 

flexible impeller pumps are the ones that tend to fail. broken bit of frames rip the impellers up. better to tear one of those than to break a gear pump or progressive cavity pump.

 

we have a flexible impeller pump on each extractor to a tub. then progressive cavity for the heat exchange into the spin float. then progressive cavity into the tank.

flexible impeller into the drums.

however some of thats getting changed soon.

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23 hours ago, tristan said:

what sort of volume do you need to pump and how high does it need to go?

 

generally flexible impeller pumps are the cheapest.

Lift about 1.8m and enough vloume to keep up with one 18 frame extractor, somin shot don't need much in the way of performance. 

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38 minutes ago, David C said:

Lift about 1.8m and enough vloume to keep up with one 18 frame extractor, somin shot don't need much in the way of performance. 

2" flexible impeller with speed control would do the job nicely. 

 

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