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 backpressure in the discharge line. Shaft speed and flow are directly proportional.
Close-coupled pumps are mounted directly to the electric motor by means of a suitable adapter bracket. The pump drive shaft is connected to the motor shaft by a flexible coupling.
These pumps are suitable for all liquids that are compatible with bronze. Most common liquids are water, oil, and mild chemicals in the pH-range of 4 to 11. Viscous liquids require reduced shaft speeds of 1150 RPM or lower. Consult factory. Liquids containing solids, abrasives, powders or paint pigments are definitely not recommended for gear pumps. If abrasives are unavoidable, use a very low shaft speed. The recommended liquid temperature range is 32°F to 140°F for longest pump life. If more extreme temperature conditions exist, our factory should be consulted. Freezing of water-filled pumps can cause damage and must be avoided. Oils at low temperatures are very viscous requiring a lower speed or extra power.
As a general rule, the suction lift should be kept at an absolute minimum by placing the pump as close to the liquid source as possible. A gear pump in new condition can lift 20 feet of water in the suction line. A foot valve (preferably with built-in strainer) is recommended at the beginning of the suction line. For a first start-up, the pump should be primed to avoid dry running. Minimum size of the suction pipe is the size of the pump inlet port. For longer suction lines (over 3 feet), or for viscous liquids, the pipe size should be at least one size or two sizes larger than the pump inlet port.
The relief valve is not intended to be a metering or flow control device. Its main purpose is to function as a discharge pressure relief when the spring tension is exceeded by the discharge pressure. Overheating can occur within 5-10 minutes if the discharge line is completely shut off for extended periods. Unless otherwise specified, the pump motor unit is supplied by the factory for shaft rotation clockwise from shaft end. Reversing the motor rotation will reverse the “in” and “out” ports and also requires changing the relief valve location. The relief valve is always on the discharge side in this pump series. The factory pressure setting is 50 PSIG. To increase pressure, turn the relief valve adjusting screw in a clockwise direction. To reverse single phase motors, find instructions on the inside of the junction box cover or on the nameplate of the motor. Three phase motors are not wired for any particular rotation. They can be reversed by interchanging any two (2) wires of the three (3) wire leads.
*For pressures over 100 psi, the above selections are suitable for pumping fluids with lubricity (e.q. oils, polymers). Service life will decrease for fluids without lubricity (e.q. water, solvents).