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Old 08-18-2010
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Experience with Pumpout stations

Kind of a disgusting subject, but could be more disgusting if I get it wrong.

Does anyone have experience with pumpout stations? What brands are the best? By best I mean do the job, low maintenance, and easy to maintain when they do need something.

The choices I need to make are peristaltic pump or diaphragm, and if I use peristaltic do I go with or without a grinder pump.

This will be a dock mounted unit and will have to pump about 60 feet uphill. Any other considerations I need to be worried about? What accessories will I need to go with it?

Thanks for any help.

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A peritstaltic pump will do the necessary grinding but the hosing will ultimately suffer from wear ... and the escapee from broken hose will be a 'monster'.

Better to use a diaphragm or other positive displacement (trash) pump -- for parts availability.

For 60 feet altitude delivery you will need a pump with a minimum 26 psi output ... just to get the load to the top of the hill at zero flow; thats why my recommendation is for a positive displacement (gear type) which will deliver 'infinite' pressure. You will need a PRV on a const. dipl. pump for safety.

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There are two major manufacturers of pumpout equipment- KECO and Edson. I use a KECO pump on my pumpout boat and believe it is the best pump available for the job. That being said, I do go to Edson for certain pieces of gear as well. I have never talked to the folks at Edson but have gotten lots of great advice from the staff at KECO. I recommend calling them before buying anything.

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Smile marine pump out station

Have had good luck with our WASTECORP pump-out station. The Mud Sucker diaphragm pump works great , real strong pumping power.

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