Contractors will take on various types of jobs throughout the year, some of which involve negotiating bodies of water or flooded areas. Water pumps and trash pumps are two water movement solutions available to contractors for different applications. Understanding the differences can help you determine the best pump for a specific task.
The term water pump describes a wide range of pumps that fall under separate classifications based on their application or function. The essential qualifier for a water pump is that it moves clear water free of solid objects. Water pumps send high volumes of fluid through a small opening to achieve high pressure levels, so any solid object larger than 0.25 inch cannot pass through.
Some situations that warrant using a water pump include:
While standard water pumps are best for clear water applications, a trash pump is useful for handling murky water containing solids. These pumps can handle large volumes of water but do so at a lower pressure level.
As a result of working at lower pressure, trash pumps can move water containing debris like leaves, twigs, clumps of dirt and other substances between 0.75 and 1.25 inches. These materials will pass through the pump without clogging or damaging its components. Trash pumps can also send large quantities of water over a wide area as opposed to a focused point.
Use a trash pump in industrial or agricultural applications like:
There are a few things to consider when choosing between a water pump versus a trash pump. To summarize, here are the factors to keep in mind when selecting a pump configuration:
If you need a water pump or trash pump for a temporary job or want to experiment with different options before committing to a purchase, renting is an excellent choice. The Cat® Rental Store features a wide range of portable, towable and submersible pumps from industry-leading manufacturers.
For help choosing the right pump for your situation, call 1-800-RENT-CAT or your nearest Cat dealer. We also make it easy to browse rental pump equipment online so you can find what you need and get quick pricing information.Find The Cat Rental Store Near You