Pumping Fuel: Your Transfer-Pump Options, Explained

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Fuel is a resource every industry covets. From powering a manufacturing machine to fueling the bulldozer parked outside, every moving invention needs energy in some form.

Most machines rely on petroleum products, such as diesel or gasoline. It takes more than just a connection between a gas tank and the engine to make a machine jump into action. Learn more about fuel transfer pumps and their everyday uses right now. You’ll be a pump professional in no time.

Specifying Application

Before you invest in any fuel transfer device, consider the installation’s application first. Light-duty applications might include:

  • Everyday vehicles
  • Lawnmowers
  • ATVs

Pumps for these applications are relatively small and cost effective for the average consumer. A small machine requires compact, fuel pump systems.

Most of your clients probably have heavy-duty applications that involve:

  • Oil-rig machines
  • Construction activities
  • Mining operations

A fuel transfer pump for these heavy-duty situations will be larger with more detailed specifications than the everyday products. Pick your application, and you can examine the other pump features afterward.

Pinpointing Flow Rate

A major consideration of any fuel transfer pump is the flow rate. This rate is defined by how many gallons or liters of fuel can move through the product over a minute’s time. Learning how to narrow down your product choices requires some understanding of physics.

Heavy-duty applications, such as logging or mining, require high flow rates into the machines. A fuel or hydraulic pump should force up to 24 gallons per minute of fuel into the machine for these applications.

Light-duty applications use less fuel at a given time. You might see 13 GPM in these situations. Always check with the machine’s manufacturer, however, about the exact flow rates that make the fuel pump systems operational.

Powering it Up

It may sound unusual for a fueled item to require power, but these pumps need a dedicated source. Pumping power usually comes from an electrical source, including DC and AC selections.

Alternating current works well for pumps in fixed positions. They’re simply hard-wired into an electrical circuit. In contrast, direct current usually comes from battery sources. Pumps with batteries are mobile and extremely versatile at certain job sites.

Mounting Considerations

Transfer pumps have many mounting options because they’re designed for versatility. Add the pump to these locations for fixed applications, such as:

  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Against the tanks

Mobile pumps are typically attached to tanks so that they can be compact and on-the-go devices at all times. Be sure to secure any pump to its mount, which will keep it safe from harm.

Using the Pump for Fuel Only

Fuel pumps are designed for the viscosity offered by diesel, gasoline or kerosene liquids. Adding oil or thicker fluids into the pump can clog it. Always use the fuel pump for its intended purpose. It’s not interchangeable with oil-supported components. If the pump can move the thick fluid through its assemblies, the internal components wear down at an accelerated rate. It’s always ideal to use the pump with the proper fluid type.

Dealing with Malfunctions

When a pump fails, it’s difficult to ignore. The machine’s engine won’t turn over. There might be a clicking noise for the starter in some cases.

You may need to factor in the fuel pump cost in order to fix the system. Repairing the pump isn’t always possible. Leaks can render the pump as a total loss.

Don’t overlook a lean pump, which can put out a diminished flow rate. The machine operates, but not at its normal capacity.

Safety Precautions

Safety features are an important part of any pump’s design. Look for a motor with an explosion-proof housing. The pump must also comply with every regional law so that anyone working near the device is safe.

If you purchase a transfer pump that’s intended for POS purposes, be sure that the device goes through a weights-and-measures process. Being compliant on every level will only improve your inventory’s quality and customer-service dedication.

Connect with Motion & Flow Control Products today. Any questions regarding a fuel or hydraulic pump can be answered with full details behind the explanation. Stock up on pump products and parts so that your customers can have a wide variety of items to choose from tomorrow. A fuel pump can malfunction at any time – be ready.