March 809HS-PL Pump - 6 foot power cord and plug
A high-quality, heat-resistant pump for wort or hot liquor transfer. This model is pre-wired with a six foot cord and a three-prong 110 V plug.
1/25 horsepower magnetic drive seal-less pump with a polysulfone head, rated for food grade use up to 250°F. It has a maximum flow rate of 6 gallons per minute, and a maximum head of 12.1 feet. The pump head has 1/2" MPT inlets and outlets. The motor housing is not drip-proof, so you should locate the pump in a dry location.
This pump is NOT self-priming, the pump head must be filled with liquid before it will pump properly. This means that you will have to position the pump below the level of the liquid for the input. Do not restrict flow into the pump, only on the output side.
We recommend some high-temperature 1/2" tubing in either Thermoplastic or Silicone for all connections to the pump and equipment.
Adding a to the output of the pump allows you to precisely control the flow of liquid from vessel to vessel or through a plate chiller. You can even stop the flow entirely using the valve, without turning off the pump and losing the prime!
A set of Quick Disconnects on your equipment and tubing make the brew day even easier.
I have not purchased a ball valve and quick connects yet. I have not used it yet.
I bought one of these pumps and am not impressed. Tested flow with no head was 4 gallons per minute. The fact that the are not self-priming is no joke.... you literally have to have a ton of pressure on the inlet side to get the pump working well, and once the primary container is empty it will not push any liquid into the secondary container.. I would recommend many other pumps before I would recommend this one.
Had it for about 6 months or more now. No problems what so ever. Just let gravity do it's thing and priming is not a problem.
I've had this pump for about 3 years now and still couldn't be happier with it. Yes, it is not self priming and with just a little looking on the forum you can get all of the plumbing advice you need to make it work flawlessly. It is excellant for moving around hot water or wort and running some hot water and pbw through after use will keep it clean.
This pump is good , but it also could be a hassle sometimes, first you must makes sure the pump is primed by any means if there is no liquid there will be a horror of a sound. Secondly this pump is not self priming, meaning you have to use gravity, now I had a problem with the first pump i received, the head of the pump was leaking every where but it was replaced with ease.... I wish there was a on off button its annoying have to have to plug in the pump every time and sometimes people get caught of guard and that is something to add up on the list. Over all I am happy with the pump although my next investment will be for a self priming pump that has a stainless head this head is plastic so for a pump at this price for a little more money you could get a very nice pump