Northern Industrial Large Cast Iron Hand Pump
Cast Iron Hand Pump
We have been using Northern's cast iron hand pump for over 10 years intermittently in our garden to pump water from a cistern. The pump was inexpensive and is likely cast steel, not cast iron, judging from the extent and nature of the corrosion on its non-painted surfaces.
We never had any of the 'infant mortality' problems noted by some other reviewers: no castings broke, and the pump seals worked adequately for over 10 years until recently. It stopped working last fall and we have now removed it and are attempting to dismantle it in order to install new seals and gaskets. It's quite rusty, but if it can be disassembled non-destructively and we can get new seals, we will remove the rust with a wire brush, lube it, reseal it, reassemble it, paint it, and put it back on top of the cistern. Northern's customer service has provided us a list of repair parts, but we're not sure if they can be obtained easily. Annual maintenance, which we did not do, would improve the pump's longevity and performance. In any case, the pump is attractive, mechanically simple, and has been a good value for a small amount of money. We will replace it outright with a new one if fixing it becomes problematic.
January 23, 2014
I got what I deserved.
I did not listen to the previous reviews
My new home was built last July and the builder installed the pump even though he told me that it had bad reviews. The pump worked for the remainder of the summer and promply died.
I contacted a handy man who examined the pump and said probably some part corroded over the winter and that I should buy a new one. I contacted customer service who told me that warranty had expired. They then referred my question as to why they continued to sell a defective product to a higher level. I never heard from them again.
I reread all the warnings in the reviews. This should have been sufficient. So what did I do? I bought another pump, insalled it and it broke down after a few weeks. So I got what I deserved,
PS - The second handyman came to the same conclusion and gave the same advice as others on this site, namely it does not hold its prime.
October 7, 2013
Cast Iron Hand Pump
It works very well but will not hold a prime overnight. This is no problem if you keep a half gallon jug of water close by to prime the pump. I am pumping water from a spring up a hill about 15' and it does a good job with that. I use 20' of hose from the spring to the pump and it handles that great.
This is a good practical tool with memorabilly in the use of it.
August 13, 2012
Don't waste your time and money
Ordered this twice. One arrived with the handle based snapped in two. The other broke as it was being installed.
March 6, 2012
Top Plate Broke
After four months the top plate of this pump simply broke in half. What use is this?
March 1, 2012
Well''' I can tell you I installed my new big green pump this weekend.
I primed it, cause thats what I do. It would be nice if a user manual
was included, alot of problems could be avoided, Like the cup turning
inside of Housing, Mine turned right away and the rubber cup was disfigured, luckly I had a spare from my old pump. Here's the problem
you must take cup and piston out of housing and retighten the rubber cup
mine was loose from factory, allowing the cup to move, I installed my old tightened one and the pump is now flawless. The rust inside does not even matter if the cup is tight, pumps with ease now .Do not try to force the handle , cast iron will break very easily, Donot over tighten any of the Bolts and nuts 20 #s torque is enough, They Need a user manaul Folks !!!!!!! The Pump looks good next to my Big John Deer, I love Greennn!
July 25, 2011
Do not buy this pump!
Got this for a town park, top casting broke the first day. Welded top casting and piston cup turned inside out that same day . Cannot find parts for this pump. Rubber cup is way too small for piston and cylinder. If you tighten piston the rubber cup squirts out. Again, do not buy this pump, it is junk. Doesn't deserve one star.
July 5, 2010
Love the Pump
We have an old well in our front yard and I wanted to use it for watering flowers and other things without running power to it this pump was perfect. It looks as if it was put their for decoration adds beuaty to landscape it also smooth action on handle and was very easy to prime, I have to give 5 stars. LOVE THE PUMP!!!!
June 1, 2010
so why green?
Well made pump, heavy construction, seems to be a fair quality for the price. Looks and works great i just wish it didn't come so green. The only positive to the bright green coating is that it did keep the pump from rusting and unfortunately it didn't fade a bit as i had expected, so I painted mine. Nice product though.
February 22, 2010
This pump is featured as one that will pump water for up to 19 feet. It is defective from the beginning. First - the piston cup tumbles over in the pump cylinder and is quickly torn and ripped and never hopes to pump again. I ordered a replacement - it cost more thatn $20.00 because you can't simply buy the rubber cup. You have to buy the cast iron piston along with it. That one also tumbled and is useless, now. The cylinder wall is not very smooth so that encourages the piston to tumble. Probably the biggest design flaw, is that the piston and cup are so short that it easily tumbles. This pump, as designed, will never pump water. And I think it costs too much just to be a pretty garden decoration. I plan to have a machines shop make me a new piston apparatus from a chunk of nylon. I will make it longer than the one that came with the pump. I may have him put in a nylon insert cylinder so that it, too, will be smooth allow pumping water. This product should not be sold as a functional pump.
February 15, 2010