Selecting Your Farm or Ranch Pump System

farm pump

farm pump

No one can argue that having a simple diaphragm pump for farm and ranch applications can be a lifesaver and time saver. Whether you’re pumping manure, silt from a pond, fruit juice or vegetable matter and more,having a trusted pump by your side can mean the difference between having aconsistently reliable pump and one that is nothing but hassles or in need of repair. Troy from Sandusky Ohio, has been a farmer in the area for decades. Here’s part of the discussion we had with him about his pumping needs and some recommendations we made:

“I’ve tried, Wacker, Varisco, Wilden and AMT pumps and none of them have been able to stand up to my needs around the farm. I’ve looked at your Mud Sucker and it seems like a heftier pump. I need to pump a bunch of different liquids including manure slurry, occasionally pulp slurry from our fruit farm and dewatering from our 2.5 acre pond. I’m looking for a diaphragm pump that will work in the 4” range that will attach to suction hoses. I currently have a 42 hp Kubota tractor PTO that could be a powering option (if you have anything for PTO mounting). What does Wastecorp suggest.”

Thanks –Troy, Sandusky OH

Troy, you are well on your way to getting what you need because you are following three simple principles: 1)know your application 2. Know your pump manufacturer and 3. Make your decision.

1. Know Your Application

We encourage all pump users to understand what they need their pump to do for them. This means knowing theaverage size of solids that go through the pump, what they will be using the diaphragm pump for and consider what the future future handling needs may be. This way, your sales rep will be better able to mage recommendations

2. Know Your Pump Manufacturer

Troy also knows his manufacturers. Some companies manufacture diaphragm pumps that are simply peripheral products for them, meaning they aren’t part of their core business or primary products. In short you are getting a pump from a big name that means nothing for yourapplication. At Wastecorp, our Mud Sucker Diaphragm Pumps are the core products of our company. We spend thousands of hours designing and perfecting mechanical diaphragm pump technology. They’re a bit more expensive to start but last the long haul and most customers admit they are worth every cent. Your spare parts needs are also lower with Mud Sucker’s than with other makes.

3. Make Your Decision

Once you have all the facts, consider what you need most. Do you want a trouble free pump that is designed for specifically what you are pumping or another make that was designed for a cookie cutter approach that may or may not work for the long haul.

Getting back to Troy’s issue, we finally recommended that Troy go with a Mud Sucker 4B-MDD trailer mounted. We designed a trailer specifically for his needs including a wide axle so he can tow the pump with his Kubota tractor. The double diaphragm configuration will allow troy to pump the thicker slurries like manure and the dewatering in his pond. We decided not to go with the PTO powering option even though this option is available for all Mud Sucker pumps. The Honda engine with auto start that we specified was selected for its durability and ease of use

For more diaphragm pump case studies click here. To speak with an engineering expert on diaphragm pumps click here.

Marine Pump Outs

Marine Pump Out

Marine Pump Out

Managing marine sewage pump outs is one of those things that marina operators and boaters alike must deal with but was probably the last thing they thought of before opening a marina or buying a boat. That’s why companies like Wastecorp who manufacture pump out equipment work in tandem with engineers to help construct long term, reliable pump out solutions. The inquiry below is from an engineering firm who recently contacted Wastecorp for marine pump out stations for paying boaters. The firm is exploring options for designing a new pump out operation:

“Our firm is working on a marina sewage pump out project for the Port of Charleston, SC.  I am looking for information on a few of your marine pump out products to see if they will meet our needs.

We operate a saltwater marina and offer a sewage pump out service to our customers. We currently have a peristaltic pump out system but we are looking for something less complicated and more user friendly. We send the pumped out sewage through a magnetic flow meter, up to shore and to the public utility. We are billed by the utility based on our flow meter readings.

Our solution is to pump the sewage from the boats, using our existing system, to a new holding tank. From there, the sewage would be pumped quickly through the mag meter and up to the shore. We are planning two holding tanks, one 1000 gallon tank and one 500 gallon tank. The pump needs to have saltwater corrosion resistance and the ability to handle untreated sewage. We expect most boats to pump out sewage with saltwater. Additionally the pump must have a steady flow to work with our mag meter.

To meet these needs I was looking at the following products. The first is the 2″trash pump TFCC-2. It looks like it can handle untreated sewage fine. My main concern is if it would be suitable for saltwater? Does the trash pump come in stainless steel/corrosion resistant materials? From your online materials I only saw the trash pump offered in ductile iron. Fortunately we do not have difficult head or flow rate requirements. We just need the pump to not corrode quickly and not be easily clogged.

 I am also looking at the HW 525 and HW 1035 Honey Wagon skid mounted pump out stations. As mentioned above, we are planning to have two holding tanks. Would it be possible to remove the Mud Sucker® pump? We would possibly replace the Mud Sucker® pump with a trash pump. Also, the skid would be mounted to our concrete dock.

Finally I would like some information on your pump enclosures. Both the TF-6×6 and the TF-8×10 may work for use. What would be ideal would be to fit the skid mounted tanks with the pumps inside the enclosures. I was wondering if we could fit the TFCC-2 pump and HW 525 skid mounted Honey Wagon inside the TF-6×6 enclosure? Similarly, could we fit a TFCC-2 pump and HW-1035 Honey Wagon inside the TF-8×10 enclosure? Any suggestions or ideas to help meet our problems we would love to hear it.”

 There are a lot of issues that the customer raises. First,  Saltwater applications in the marine pump out industry require proper precautions to ensure that the pump and components do not prematurely wear. Wastecorp offers our Mud Sucker marine diaphragm pumps with stainless steel components for example and Viton flapper valves and diaphragms to help resist the harsh conditions of pumping, so we definitely recommend any marinas in a salt water environment go with this package which adds $600 -$800 to the cost of a package

Monetizing a marina’s pump out operation is a great idea to help control costs and keep repair parts costs down for your pump out. A mag meter is one way of doing it (measuring gallons pumped out), coin operated options and charging by vessel size are others. If you are worried about pulsation, all of our diaphragm pumps can be manufactured with pulsation dampeners or air chambers.

If a trash pump works better for the application then we can design all of our pump outs with our Trash Flow product line. Whenever possible, diaphragm pumps are recommended for their ability to pump out the wastewater and not get clogged. See our pedestal; pump outs for example that work really well for most marinas.

Enclosures are a great way to help protect your pump out investment  from the elements and during winter months. There are a variety of styles available to meet small and large marina budgets. Enclosures are a long term investment for protecting your equipment so there is an investment required.

Getting the right marine pump manufacturer to participate in your design process is critical to the overall outcome of you pump out. Contact Wastecorp  at 1-888-829-2783 to get more information for your project.

Double Disc Pump Comparison: The State of the Double Disc Pump Business

Compare Penn Valley and Sludge Pro Double Disc Pumps

Double Disc Pump

Wastecorp was recently at WEFTEC exhibiting our newest double disc pumps for the municipal wastewater treatment market and industrial fluid handling space. Wastecorp’s Sludge Pro double disc pump marketing program continues to focus on building awareness with WWTP operators and consulting engineers that competition exists in the double disc pump space and the market offers a more robust alternative than traditionally known.

We have noticed that when a double disc pump for a WWTP upgrade or expansion goes to the planning stage and/or bid stage, we get calls from consulting engineers saying that the competition or their pump distributor make misleading or incomplete statements about double disc pump competition. What it boils down to is trying to eliminate competition. In America, we call this an attempt to create a monopoly. History has shown that monopolies are seldom good for competition in the pump business or any other business for that matter. History has also shown that monopolies in the United States aren’t looked at favorably by either regulators or the public. Continue reading

Car Wash Waste Pit Pumps

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Car wash waste pit pump. This pump can be used at commercial car washes, car dealership wash bays, bus maintenance terminals and more

Car wash waste pit pumps are an important waste management tool for the thousands of car wash locations in the United States, Canada and the world. Customers who are constructing new collection pits or retrofitting existing pits typically seek pump engineering support for the right equipment to do the job economically.

Planning Your Car Wash Pump Out System

The following question is one we hear often:
What kind of pump do you recommend for pumping out primary and secondary car wash traps with dual 500 gallon traps? How long does it take to pump out a 500 gallon pit?”
One of the most popular pumps for waste pit pumping is the Mud Sucker 2FA-M Series. With a 20 GPM transfer capability this pump is great for car wash waste. The waste pit generally becomes full with grit, silt, oil residue from cars and other oils. The pump must have the capability to transfer this variety of liquids. We also suggest placing the pump from 10-15 ft. from the pit with hosing to get the job done. Within 10 minutes for most applications the pit is empty.

Car Dealership Sump pit pump

Mud Sucker 2B Series pump in a BMW dealership sump pit car wash bays

If you can’t discharge into the municipal sewer system, we suggest a 500 gallon or above honey wagon. This can collect the car wash waste and then you can discharge at an approved dump station If you need a higher capacity pump we suggest going with the Mud Sucker 3FA Series with an 80 GPM capacity.

What Do Car Washes Typically Use To Pump Out Grit?

Wastecorp has worked with Ford dealerships, BMW dealerships and GM dealerships to standardize how their wash bay grit is pump out. It is typically a variation between a Mud Sucker 2B-M (shown in the photo above) and a Mud Sucker 3FA Series. All have worked well especially in the colder climate States and Provinces when you see lots of road grit in the winter washing down in the sump pits. Over 200 car dealerships, aircraft wash bays and maintenance terminals use Mud Sucker pumps in their sump pits to pump out grit. These pumps have worked well for airlines when cleaning and deicing aircraft and when transportation authorities clean off subway and bus grit. wi 

Replacing Dry Prime Trash Pumps

Compare a dri prime trash pump and engine driven trash pump

Compare a dri prime trash pump and engine driven trash pump

As pump manufacturers, we have seen a surge in end users and pump distributors inquiring about alternatives to dry prime pumps mounted on either a skid or wheels. Some have complained about the repair parts and service needed for dry prime pumps. Others aren’t thrilled about the big box multinational pump manufacturers’ aggressive pushes of this type of product as one of the “only” solutions for trash pump style dry prime pumps. Jake R. from Milwaukee, WI describes a common application for trash pumps below: Continue reading