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I bought a submersible pump that I didn't use. It is a Saxon 750 W, not one of those thin stainless ones for bore holes but a bulky one with a base.

I want to feed my irrigation system with a larger pump and was thinking of putting this pump inside the 2000 L  water tank instead of buying a new centrifugal pump (cheap charlie). The tank is not stainless, one of those brown ones.

Will the start torque of the pump cause issues or scaring of the tank?

Can you think of reasons not to do this?

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I agree, no reason why you shouldn't put it in your tank.

 

Do make sure it's protected by an RCD/RCBO, I have had low cost submersibles (actually 2 pukka pond pumps) slowly let the damp in when continuously under a metre or so of water.

   

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35 minutes ago, Crossy said:

I agree, no reason why you shouldn't put it in your tank.

 

Do make sure it's protected by an RCD/RCBO, I have had low cost submersibles (actually 2 pukka pond pumps) slowly let the damp in when continuously under a metre or so of water.

   

It’s not going to affect this situation but I have a pump that’s going to get fixed soon, where the cable has been nibbled by a turtle so allowing an occasional short, blowing the RCBO.

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2 minutes ago, sometimewoodworker said:

It’s not going to affect this situation but I have a pump that’s going to get fixed soon, where the cable has been nibbled by a turtle so allowing an occasional short, blowing the RCBO.

 

How big are your turtles??

 

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Just side tracking a little:

after many many years involvement with quality submersible pumps - including sewage, bore-hole, contractor site pumps, etc - one of the major points of failure is the power cable, especially the el-cheapo units supplied in a cardboard box off the shelf of your local hardware store. 

These cables are not able to with-stand much abuse and can lead to major failure. 

As Crossy pointed out RCBO is a must. 

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19 hours ago, carlyai said:

I bought a submersible pump that I didn't use. It is a Saxon 750 W, not one of those thin stainless ones for bore holes but a bulky one with a base.

I want to feed my irrigation system with a larger pump and was thinking of putting this pump inside the 2000 L  water tank instead of buying a new centrifugal pump (cheap charlie). The tank is not stainless, one of those brown ones.

Will the start torque of the pump cause issues or scaring of the tank?

Can you think of reasons not to do this?

Wouldn't a 750W pump empty your tank in a matter of seconds?

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4 hours ago, ourmanflint said:

Wouldn't a 750W pump empty your tank in a matter of seconds?

The usual output pipe is between 1 ¼” and 2” so probably at least 15 minutes.

 

To empty a 2,000L tank in seconds you need a much larger pipe, probably 10”+ 😉 

 

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Yeah ^^^, our 2.2kW irrigation pump (not submersible) will empty the 2400L buffer tank in about 5 minutes given the chance (2 x 2" pipes, all the sprinklers on).

 

We only run two of the big squirters at once to get adequate squirt range and to allow the 2HP lift pump from the canal to keep up.

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7 hours ago, sometimewoodworker said:

The usual output pipe is between 1 ¼” and 2” so probably at least 15 minutes.

 

To empty a 2,000L tank in seconds you need a much larger pipe, probably 10”+ 😉 

 

I did wonder, as an aquarium buff, I know a 200w 25000lph pump would empty a 2000l tank in less than 5 minutes through a 1.5" pipe. Greater head and longer pipe run will make a difference.

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18 hours ago, ourmanflint said:

I did wonder, as an aquarium buff, I know a 200w 25000lph pump would empty a 2000l tank in less than 5 minutes through a 1.5" pipe. Greater head and longer pipe run will make a difference.

Output will be throttled down. So the water will go initially into a 2" pipe that I dug in the ground when I put in the pool piping. 

Because wifey keeps adding sprinklers to our mini-sprinkler setup I need more water pressure or a rearrangement. From the 2" pipe it will end up in a .5 " pipe. I'll adjust the flow so the sprinklers don't take off.

The tank has float switches and refills from the aquifier.

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6 minutes ago, carlyai said:

From the 2" pipe it will end up in a .5 " pipe. I'll adjust the flow so the sprinklers don't take off.

Don’t reduce the size of the pipe. It’s a mistake to think that reduced size will maintain the pressure. There is a thread here some time ago where the poster had done that but had to dig out the supply pipes and increase the size back to all the same to allow good flow to all the sprinklers.

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