How to Select Hand Pumps and Foot Pumps Image Credit: U.S. Plastic Corporation | Grainger Industrial Supply   Hand pumps and foot pumps are manually operated pumps driven by hand or foot via a handle or lever. This manual external force actuates an internal mechanism, which increases pressure for moving fluids such as gas, chemicals, or water. Hand lever and foot pedals are pushed up or down to begin the pump cycle, often requiring one stroke to draw the fluid and another...
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We asked our users for their input on Hand Pumps and Foot Pumps. Here are the results of 77 users familiar with Hand Pumps and Foot Pumps.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing hand pump and foot pump design?
9 answers
Answers:
None really, it's fairly old technology, with re-designing to make more ergonomic, reduce material, and make aesthetically pleasing.
~Stephen M, Design Engineer, Rotherham, UK
I don't really know. Many of the state parks and on the Alcan highway have the older hand pumps.
~Dawson L, Retired Airline Capt., Big Lake, AK
Not sure as all the pumps in use by my company are fairly old.
~Senior Geotechnician, Newstead, Australia
Plastic development the Chinese the Italians
~NICK B, Technical Support, CHELMSFORD, UK
Size and material constraints
~Gordon M, Engineer, Melbourne, Australia
Additive manufacturing
~Peter R, Design Engineer, Sunbury on Thames, UK
Speed and environment
~General Corporate Mgmt, Vancouver,, Canada
Quality of seals
~Dan M, Engineer, Jerusalem, Israel
Lighter metals
~Builder/Contractor, Center Line, MI

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative hand pumps and foot pumps?
5 answers
Answers:
Casappa - Hand Pumps, Bell - Foot pumps
~Stephen M, Design Engineer, Rotherham, UK
Power Team
~PRASAD M, Engineering Consultant, BANGALORE, INDIA
Enerpac
~Builder/Contractor, Center Line, MI
Have not found many suppliers.
~Gordon M, Engineer, Melbourne, Australia
Environmentally friendly
~General Corporate Mgmt, Vancouver,, Canada

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used hand pumps and foot pumps for?
22 answers
Answers:
Hydraulic applications that do not require great speed, frequent operation or used in a remote location. Earthmover, tire removal, cake decorating head adjustment, water pressure static testing, conveyor level adjustment, lamppost lifting; the list is endless.
~Stephen M, Design Engineer, Rotherham, UK
Inflation of inner tubes, jacking against heavy machinery for plate load testing, jacking of concrete walls for soil nail testing.
~Senior Geotechnician, Newstead, Australia
Raising and lowering of manually operated hydraulically adjustable fall protection structures.
~Engineering, Design, Rosenort, Canada
Have used them in API Plan 52 & 53 mechanical seal flushing plans. Also in hydro test units.
~Engineering, Consulting, Chennai, India
Emergency pumps in hydraulic power packs, foot pump in MRI Table hydraulics.
~PRASAD M, Engineering Consultant, BANGALORE, INDIA
Filling vessels where an electric motor would be dangerous or more costly.
~Alan M, Process Engineer, Vancouver, Canada
Delivering fuel Jacking vehicles Siphon starters Pumping oil
~NICK B, Technical Support, CHELMSFORD, UK
Hand operated hydraulic tools, operating on 20,000 PSI.
~Dan M, Engineer, Jerusalem, Israel
Gas pump, water pump at homestead I homesteaded in AK.
~Dawson L, Retired Airline Capt., Big Lake, AK
Pumping water and inflating tires, rubber rafts, etc.
~Manufacturing, Vung Tau, Viet Nam
Domestic in well applications, back up water sources.
~Marketing/Sales, Spokane, WA
Unusual access positions for hand or foot .
~Gordon M, Engineer, Melbourne, Australia
Filling cooling systems with water glycol.
~Peter R, Design Engineer, Sunbury on Thames, UK
Maintenance/drain of grey water systems.
~Research & Development, Monterrey, Mexico
Pumping oil/lubricant from the drum.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Vancouver,, Canada
Used a hand pump for livestock.
~Daniel A, Retired, Las Cruces, NM
Hand pumps for fuels & oils.
~Engineering, Consulting, Goshen, IN
Inflating rafts and kayaks.
~Michael G, Theatre Tech, Cave Junction, OR
Pumping water from a well.
~farmer, bowmanville, canada
Jacking/porta power
~Builder/Contractor, Center Line, MI
Operating hydraulic cylinders
~Manufacturing, Wellingborough, Great Britain
Water
~Engineering, Faculty/Staff/Student, Troy, NY

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that hand pumps and foot pumps have been used for.
6 answers
Answers:
I specified a hand pump to fill a reactor with ethanol solution. The outlet of the reactor was through a pressure relief valve and the operator needed control over the volume of output.
~Alan M, Process Engineer, Vancouver, Canada
For pumping water from the lake to the camp site.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Vancouver,, Canada
Making a hose pipe longer.
~NICK B, Technical Support, CHELMSFORD, UK
Fire enhancing bellows
~Michael G, Theatre Tech, Cave Junction, OR
Extra low weight
~Dan M, Engineer, Jerusalem, Israel
No such thing really as a standard use I think.
~Stephen M, Design Engineer, Rotherham, UK

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of hand pumps and foot pumps?
7 answers
Answers:
I've only dealt with relatively low volume applications.
~Alan M, Process Engineer, Vancouver, Canada
Must have a good seal on well pipe to maintain prime.
~Daniel A, Retired, Las Cruces, NM
Incorrect type of oil resulting in seal failure.
~Builder/Contractor, Center Line, MI
Physical breakdowns in human ability.
~Gordon M, Engineer, Melbourne, Australia
Non incorporation of relief valves.
~PRASAD M, Engineering Consultant, BANGALORE, INDIA
Free siphoning if left unattended.
~NICK B, Technical Support, CHELMSFORD, UK
Burst pipes due to over pressure.
~Peter R, Design Engineer, Sunbury on Thames, UK

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
12 answers
Answers:
Able to hold accurate pressure and adjust for pressure drops, light weight yet still sturdy, easier to read dial gauges and ones that read to 0.5 KPa instead of 1 or even 2 KPa.
~Senior Geotechnician, Newstead, Australia
A pump that worked well. No finger pinching points, no overrun /mess, fitted into the container nicely.
~NICK B, Technical Support, CHELMSFORD, UK
Deep well pump with the appearance of an old antique pump.
~Dawson L, Retired Airline Capt., Big Lake, AK
Stability, quick recharge without full extension.
~Michael G, Theatre Tech, Cave Junction, OR
An old fashioned pump used before electricity.
~farmer, bowmanville, canada
Aesthetically pleasing, and cost effective.
~Stephen M, Design Engineer, Rotherham, UK
Reliability Small size Comfort
~Dan M, Engineer, Jerusalem, Israel
Light and price competitive.
~Gordon M, Engineer, Melbourne, Australia
Low weight, least effort
~PRASAD M, Engineering Consultant, BANGALORE, INDIA
Pressure regulation
~Peter R, Design Engineer, Sunbury on Thames, UK
Improvement
~General Corporate Mgmt, Vancouver,, Canada
Lower cost
~Builder/Contractor, Center Line, MI

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using hand pumps and foot pumps?
9 answers
Answers:
Check for displacement and correlate with what human effort is realistically possible to ensure item selected meets desired results.
~PRASAD M, Engineering Consultant, BANGALORE, INDIA
Depending on their use, if you have to carry them into difficult access situations look for a light weight pump.
~Senior Geotechnician, Newstead, Australia
They are not as cheap as you would expect, but the max pressure available is high.
~Alan M, Process Engineer, Vancouver, Canada
Cheap is crap and the company accountant won't let you buy one that's any good.
~NICK B, Technical Support, CHELMSFORD, UK
Make sure the pump has enough oil capacity and speed for the job.
~Builder/Contractor, Center Line, MI
Beware of off the shelf, fit all type units.
~Gordon M, Engineer, Melbourne, Australia
Check carefully compatibility to the job.
~Dan M, Engineer, Jerusalem, Israel
Don't purchase far eastern manufacture.
~Stephen M, Design Engineer, Rotherham, UK
No, I grew up on a farm ranch in S. Texas and I am very familiar with deep well pumps that is Windmills. Our wells were from about 350' to over a 1,000' deep. We used windmills exclusive for water for livestock in pastures.
~Dawson L, Retired Airline Capt., Big Lake, AK

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of hand pumps and foot pumps?
7 answers
Answers:
ALWAYS make sure the hoses fitted to them are rated to the MAX working pressure of the pump not the actual working pressure, because they are portable and can be used on many different apps. Remember the operator when specifying, a large displacement may seem OK but at high pressure can be quickly tiring.
~Stephen M, Design Engineer, Rotherham, UK
Check hydraulic circuit to ensure incorporation of hand/foot pump does not get short circuited.
~PRASAD M, Engineering Consultant, BANGALORE, INDIA
The flowrate is usually low and a second motor driven pump may be necessary for filling.
~Alan M, Process Engineer, Vancouver, Canada
Have had good results and long life with metal vs. plastic.
~Michael G, Theatre Tech, Cave Junction, OR
Displacement is the key item versus force required to use.
~Gordon M, Engineer, Melbourne, Australia
Use always the proper oil. Avoid low reservoir level.
~Dan M, Engineer, Jerusalem, Israel
Use standard barrels.
~NICK B, Technical Support, CHELMSFORD, UK


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