Many heavy equipment jobs require some type of pump, including in oil and gas, construction, disaster recovery, wastewater management and mining. There are several types of pumps, and different projects require different features, so it's important to know how to choose the right water pump for your application. Let's take a closer look at the different types of pumps for commercial and industrial work.
Types of Pumps
Pumps are typically categorized by their most prominent features, including:
- Portable pumps: Portable pumps are the smallest type of pump. They're easy to transport and popular in dewatering and sewage removal. Portable pumps come in a wide range of capacities and flow rates.
- Submersible pumps: A submersible pump sits just underneath the surface of the water, which both saves energy and eliminates priming. They can make the job a little easier and faster and are common in applications involving irrigation, wells, boreholes and large bodies of water.
- Towable pumps: Towable pumps offer more power than portable pumps and conveniently hitch onto vehicles for easy transportation, even in remote locations. They come in a range of flow rates and discharge heads for a variety of applications, including quarry work, fire service projects, lakes and more.
Things to Consider When Choosing an Industrial Water Pump
Choosing between these options will depend on your specific requirements for the job. Carefully consider your typical applications and how the different pumps support those tasks. Factors to look at include:
- The type of fluid: Not all pumps are built to handle fluids with chemicals or debris, which can quickly corrode or clog the pump. Another concern is temperature if you're working with very hot fluids. Make sure your pump can deal with the fluid you have in mind.
- Flow rate: Different pumps have different flow rates, typically measured in gallons per minute. The flow rate you need will depend on the volume you're looking to move and the amount of time you want to move it. Higher flow rates will typically require bigger and more expensive pumps.
- Discharge head: The discharge head is the height between the discharge pipe outlet and the pump. Make sure your application won't exceed the maximum discharge head listed for a pump.
- Power source: Pumps can be powered by gas or electricity. Electrical pumps must be able to connect to a power source, but can run indoors. Gas-powered pumps will emit fumes and must run outdoors only, but are well-suited to remote outdoor locations without a nearby power source.
If you're not sure what kind of water pump is best for your application, reach out to the experts at The Cat® Rental Store. We can help you find the right fit for the job.
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