Sunday, April 6, 2014

Size or Fluid volume in a Tank

If you don't know how to work out the amount of water left in a tank (vertical or horizontal) or you want to work out the actual size of a tank, here is a great tool that makes it easy: Thanks Bud

Monday, January 31, 2011

Reduce Operating Costs

You may think that running a compressor to operate your Brumby pump is going to cost you a fixed amount of money in energy - no matter what.
Well, there are things you can do to not only reduce your running costs, but also potentially increase the life of your compressor.
To find out more, please follow this link to find a set of tips to help reduce your costs -

The only point you can't control with the Brumby Pump - (except to raise or lower the pump in the water, which will affect delivery rate) is the pressure (point 3). Usually keep the regulaor turned up full.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Windmill and No Wind

We were talking to a farmer recently, who had bores/wells equipped with windmill pumps around his large farm. He was looking for a solution that allowed him to keep running his existing windmills and still deliver water when the wind wasn’t blowing. He had sheep that required water and on long wind-still periods his tanks got low or ran dry. This meant he needed a back-up for his windmill pump.
We looked at options and the design of the windmill pumps and worked out that he could actually fit a Brumby Pump to the tail of the windmill pump (underneath the windmill pump/jack pump).
In doing that, the windmill pump could draw water through the Brumby Pump and carry on as normal. However, when the wind wasn’t blowing, he could simply attach a portable compressor to the Brumby Pump and controller and push water through the windmill pump to keep his supply going and his sheep watered. At the same time, he would have a back-up for the windmill pump when the buckets/seals wore out and it stopped pumping. He could run the Brumby and carry on doing other things until he had time to remove and repair his windmill pump, which can be very in-convenient – especially at seed or harvest time.
It is a simple set-up. As his bores are a long distance from power, he could just bring a diesel driven compressor to the site when the need was there.
The same can be done by operating just a Brumby Pump off a windmill compressor. In this case – when the wind doesn’t blow – a diesel or petrol/gas compressor can be connected into the air supply line and the water supply will go on.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Find well/bore depth and static water level.....

To find the depth of a bore/well, lower a weight on a LIGHT string into the bore/well until you feel it hit the bottom. Then mark the string at the top of the well, pull it out and measure the length of the string that was down the well/bore. NOTE. You need to use a light string in deep bores/wells (light fishing line may be good). If the string is too heavy and the weight too light, the weight of the actual string can make it difficult to feel when you hit the bottom .

To find the static water level, lower a small bottle (with a little sand or gravel in it to give it weight if it is a plastic bottle) into the bore/well on the end of a LIGHT string until you feel it hit the water surface. Then mark the string at the top of the bore/well, pull it out and measure the length of the string that was down the well/bore.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Keep it clean

The following is useful for ANY air lines, but if you are using the L2 or S2 pump WITH a controller, it is important to ensure that the air lines are clean before connecting and commissioning the unit. If any debris is present it can end up in the flow switches and solenoid valves in the controller and jam them up, so the controller is unable to operate correctly.
The way to ensure clean lines is 2-fold:
1) keep the ends of the air lines capped or plugged while working with them to keep any dirt and debris out.
2) when lines are laid out, connect to the compressor, but leave open at the controller end, run the compressor until it shuts down and then open the air supply valve right up. That will give a hard blast of air if the compressor has a tank and should blast any loose particles out the open end. Do that a few times until the line is clean and no more debris comes out.
Once clean, connect up the controller and start pumping....

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


If installing the Brumby pump in a bore or well, the piping needs to be secured at the top to the bore/well casing for 2 reasons:
- if the bore/well is deep, the pump may bury itself in the mud in the bottom and you won't get any water up as a result. The pump should be set just off the bottom, but not so deep that the compressor doesn't have the power to lift the water.
- if the water is deep (the pump is submersed a long way) - once you apply air, the pump will tend to become buoyant and rise, so you may have a great length of piping rising out of the hole after you start the compressor.
This is of course a great thing if you should ever want to remove the pump....the hard lifting is done for you...

If the pump is used in an open water body or large well, it may need to be weighed down to keep it reasonably vertical.