Pump housings and gears are made of top quality bronze, shafts are 303 stainless steel. Bearings are made of high performance carbon-graphite material selected for wear resistance and long service life. Gear pumps are positive displacement pumps. Each shaft revolution displaces a definite amount of liquid relatively unaffected by the back pressure in the discharge line. Shaft speed and flow are directly proportional.
DRIVE & ALIGNMENT- Direct drive is the recommended drivearrangement. This pump is suitable for belt drive applications without needing pillow block bearings to achieve acceptable pump life. Correct alignment is absolutely essential for satisfactory pump life. Recheck alignment after piping has been connected to the pump. Electric clutch versions available.
NOISE - Large gear pumps are inherently noisy due to metal to metal gear contact. Make installations far removed from offices or other relatively quiet people areas. Some noise reduction can be realized by lowering pump speed and use of isolation mounts and lines, usually the small amount of noise reduction achieved does not justify the effort and expense.
A rotary gear pump is capable of lifting water on the suction side as high as 20 feet. Though gear pumps are self-priming, a foot valve is recommended. For pumping water directly from streams or ponds, a wire mesh strainer must be used at the beginning of the suction line to prevent stones from entering the pump. Strainer and foot valves are commercially available as combination units.
Seal conversion kits, illustrated (on back) are designed for quick removal and replacement. In each case, seal housings are fastened to pump bodies by means of 2 bolts, item 13. IMPORTANT - before attempting to remove a seal housing containing seal components by sliding them off the pump shaft, be sure to unlock the 2 set screws locking the ball bearing inner race to the pump shaft. The ball bearing is identified as item 20. Also, before attempting to slide the seal housing from the pump shaft, remove all burrs, scale, and projections that could be formed by fretting corrosion.
SPEED - High speed accelerates wear. For longer service life, keep speed as low as possible. Pump speeds above 900 R.P.M. not recommended except for intermittent duty and pressures below 100 p.s.i.
PRESSURE - High pressure accelerates wear. For longer service life keep pressure as low as possible.
LIQUID TEMPERATURE - High temperature accelerates wear. Keep as close to room temperature as possible.
LIQUID CONTAMINATION - Impurities like fine abrasive silt or sand accelerate wear. Keep liquid as clean as possible.
LIQUID LUBRICITY - Lubricants increase service life many fold. Use lubricant additives whenever possible.