Ram pumps

Discussion in 'Buy Sell Trade' started by swinefornicator, Aug 19, 2005.


  1. swinefornicator

    swinefornicator Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Anyone else play with these? I'll be building a doozie in the next year or so. Maybe a 600ft head/lift.

    PF
     
  2. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Tell me more. I've heard of them but never looked into them
     
  3. swinefornicator

    swinefornicator Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Welll.....

    It's a whole lot easier to look it up and read, than me spew it all out here. In a nut shell it is a self/hydraulic powered pump. You need water flow and a little drop. About any stream has it. What you have is an inlet pipe that takes this water and sends it down to the "pump". The pump consists of a couple flapper type valves and a chamber with a diaphragm (an inner tube will work). So the head pressure of this inlet goes through and in conjunction with the chamber moves water. The beauty is no electricity, motors or anything. It also has physics on it's side and will lift literaly exponentially, ie; 1 to the 10th. A 2" inlet with a 3' drop will send a 1/2 inch outlet dozens of feet up, powered only by mother nature.

    Mine will have to lift 600' and is a bit larger than most and will probably have a staging tank. So in essence I will go from a 4" inlet to a 1/2" outlet that delivers into a tank as high as it will go(maybe several of these). Then the tank will drop a 2" into another "pump" and rise another 1/2" pipe up to my holding tank.

    Or so my theory goes......

    Anyway, they can be built for $100 or so at any home depot.

    A
     
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Old, mean, and nasty Administrator Founding Member

    Have you a handy link? :?:
     
  5. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Too bad Halffast's guys didn't have this in "Lights Out."
     
  6. swinefornicator

    swinefornicator Monkey+++ Founding Member

  7. TLynn

    TLynn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Re: El Linkasaurus

    Worked just fine...
     
  8. swinefornicator

    swinefornicator Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Cool

    Thanks, T. You know how well I work comps.

    Cool gig these pumps. Have used a few and built several. Suckers rock and go 24 hours a day and need squat for maint.

    PF
     
  9. TLynn

    TLynn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I like the looks of it so much A, I'm going to send this to my friend up in northern Idaho. She and her husband live on 1/4 of a mountain. They could use a pump system like that to get the water up from the stream to where they grow their vegetables and to get water to their house.

    It's a long walk up from that stream believe me! Might not work though - 600 feet is kind of short for them.
     
  10. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I heard something about that they have been used for centuries and have been found that were at least a couple hundred years old and forgoten about and still working.
     
  11. swinefornicator

    swinefornicator Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Yup

    Thats a fact Monkeyman. T, 600' is no biggy, I just have not done it. I posted the link from Clemson, but, actually started here at NC State. They have a pretty good eng. program here. These are kind of "bees aren't supposed to be able to fly" type gigs. Monkey is right on, they have been used for years. This is as close to a perpetual motion machine I have come across. It will pump water as high s yo want. It may take a few with small tanks, but, I can envision 1000's of feet of lift. Now the water "Volume" is what is decreased. You ain't getting 20 gpm's at the top of Everest. A small trickle 24 hrs a day will produce an amazing amount of water at no cost, other than the start up. In the Navy I worked with every form of pump known to man except these, these are by far the coolest.

    PF
     
  12. ghrit

    ghrit Old, mean, and nasty Administrator Founding Member

    Link worked, and so will the pump. Not fast, nor particularly efficient, but beats the bucket brigade hands down. Thanks. :!:
     
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