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Sump pumps

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I'm looking for a sump pump that is dependable and well built and that requires 8 or fewer amps. Anyone have any suggestions?

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The ones I got at large farm supply store FF have been working fine for years. There are two switch types. Both have been ok. One is a cord with a ball on the end that floats up. The other has a lever on top connected to a float.

I have the cast iron ones (two pumps, one of each switch type) in my basement.

If it would be a big deal if they quit, you might want to think about your backup strategy for both pump and electricity.

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If you got them at FF, they're likely Wayne brand. They draw too many amps for my purposes. I'm looking for something that draws fewer amps than that.

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I'm guessing your making a backup pump using a 12 volt battery and an inverter? If so why not use an 12 v automatic bulge pump and skip the inverter. It won't have a lot of lift but plenty of volume.

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A good guess, ST, but no quite! I'm looking for a sump pump that I can run along with my furnace fan with my generator. I've got a 2000 watt unit that is really only 1600 watt sustained. 1600/120=13.33 amps that I can handle. I believe my furnace fan requires 4 amps and I'd like to find a sump pump that I can run with 8 amps- that'll leave me a tiny bit of slop for any loss I might get from running the cord from the generator to the sump/furnace.

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on the net I found a 1/3 hp Stormpro that claims 250 watts or 2.1 Amps. The Wayne ratings are screwy since they say that a 1/3 HP draws 9.5 amps and a 1.0HP draw 10 amps. That is pretty strange.

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Thanks for doing the digging- I searched and didn't find what I was looking for. Do you know anything about Stormpro? Are they any good?

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I used the wayne brand in my sump bassen at home, they work well and are long lasting.

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I don't know anything about storm pro from personal experience. I looked for reviews and didn't find much, although google groups might give some hits.

There is a site for "Metropolitan industries" who I think is the manufacturer. They have a PDF of a 32 page catalog/booklet that might be of interest. You will have to find it yourself since posting nonsponsor for profit links is not allowed.

It looks good, I will say.

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