How to Use a Drill Pump

Drill pumps have an electrically powered pumping mechanism, and you can get them in different sizes. Choose from small scale industrial, residential or commercial companies design for these pumps.

How do they work?

The pumps have a very simple construction. They do not possess an internal motor to drive the impeller. Instead, they use a standard hand drill to rotate the impeller. Once you turn on the drill, the small impeller begins to spin within the pump.

The impeller draws the fluid via the inlet and expels the same through the outlet, which is located on the other side of the housing.

What are its uses?

These pumps are used to pump nonflammable fluids. You can put them to many applications like:

  • Emptying clogs
  • Draining tanks
  • Changing oil
  • Injection pumps
  • Pumping water out of pits and wells

Why should you use drill pumps?

They provide you a number of advantages. Here is why you can prefer them:

  • Very cheap
  • Good mechanical performance
  • Little noise
  • No or less pollution
  • Potable and compact
  • User-friendly and safe

The Top Steps to Using a Drill Pump

In this tutorial, we will explain how to use a drill pump step by step.

  • Safety first. Wear a pair of safety glasses before starting to work.
  • Observe the parts of the pump. It will contain the following roughly:
  • Oil tube
  • Adapter tube
  • Pump
  • Garden hose
  • The next step should be to assemble the set-up. Depending on whether you are going to pump oil or water, the process varies.

To pump motor oil using tube and adapter:

  • Get rid of the dipstick at the end from which oil has to be removed.
  • At one end, make a 60 degree cut on the tube.
  • From that end, cut a length of tube one and a half inches longer than the dipstick.
  • Keep the other end of the tube into the adapter for at least 1 inch.
  • Add a few drops of mineral or vegetable oil on the impeller at the inlet to lubricate it.
  • Insert the adapter tube into the inlet port through the permissible length.
  • Place the cut end of the tube into the motor dipstick hole.
  • Connect the garden hose with the port, the drill pump with tubes and hose to the drill.
  • Don’t forget to take a look at the supply power.

To pump clean water using hoses

  • Check the washer in the inlet hose if it is in a good condition.
  • Add a few drops of mineral or vegetable oil on the impeller at the inlet to lubricate it.
  • Join two hoses – one at the inlet and one at the outlet.
  • Connect the drill pump with hoses and the drill.
  • Supply power.

Prepare the set-up for the pumping operation. Note the following points:

  • The optimum temperature range of the fluid should be maintained from 4.5°C to 49°C.
  • Check the hoses for any defects before use. Ensure that they are in good condition.
  • Make the inlet airtight and fluid submerged.
  • Ensure that the lines are restriction-free.

Prime the pump

  • Lubricate the impeller inside the pump by adding a few drops of the pumped fluid or cooking or mineral oil before starting.
  • Switch on and start the pump. The priming will start within a few seconds.

What are the precautions?

  • Don’t use in explosive atmospheres as the pump is not explosion-proof.
  • Don’t pump gasoline or other volatile or flammable liquids with this unit to avoid fire hazards.
  • Don’t forget the precautions recommended in the manual that came along with the electric drill.
  • Use only a 3-phase power cord or a double insulated drill.
  • Always dismantle the set-up of the pump before any attempt of servicing the pump.
  • Provide any other medium of outlet for the pressure in case of obstruction of the usual discharge line.
  • Replace the worn-out or weak hoses at regular intervals always.
  • Always ensure that the various connections made are tight before starting the pump.

That is all that you need to do to get started using a drill pump.

  • Updated December 31, 2019
Suzie Poo
 

Suzie Poo is a tool expert from the U.S. She is a Mechanical Engineer and uses tools almost every day at home and at work. She enjoys helping people to master everything about a wide range of tools through blogging. She is for sure a BESTIEE!

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