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10 years 8 months ago #466289 by Poultry Valley and Lifestyle

RaeM;468436 wrote: WE had our household pump make funny noises, so hubby took it to the pump specialists, that it had been purchased from. they said needed doing up, so charged us $685 to fix, it worked 1 more week and packed up properly, they quoted a new one at over $1000, so I went on trademe and had a look, and Cross Country near Hamilton were advertising water pumps on there, that could handle 3 showers going at once (we run a farmstay) so for $285 approx, he brought one from them, and it has not missed a beat.So have a good look, and dont buy a Grunfos, as the price is so high, and there is cheaper ones there, and so what, if you have to replace in 3 years time, its still cheaper than paying big money for one that lasts about the same time.


We also had our house water pump pack up about 3 years ago ( that was new here too as everything here was when we set up on our once bare block ) and we too were charged about the same price as you to have it fixed even back then, once we got the bill we realized we could have bought a brand new one too for what the repairs cost !

However we did have an Italian pump down our new Deep Well first off, but that lasted only two years [:0] so did put a Grunfos one down this time as we did not want this happening again !

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10 years 8 months ago #466290 by Poultry Valley and Lifestyle
I was hoping our bad run was over, as we had two Ewes' lamb over the weekend with no trouble, hooray :) one had twins and one had a single :D

But alas - last night we heard one Ewe bleating over & over, so went and checked and one of the little twins was floating in the water trough dead, she is still crying this morning looking for it :(

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10 years 8 months ago #466346 by eelcat
Oh dear, not a happy find for you.

1 Border collie, 1 Huntaway, 2 Lhasa Apsos, Suffolk and arapawa ewe crosses, an Arapawa ram,an East Friesian ewe , 5 cats, 42 ducks , 1 rooster and 30 hens, 5 geese, 12 goats, 2 donkeys, 2 house cows, one heifer calf, one bull calf, 3 rabbits and lots and lots and lots of fruit trees...

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10 years 8 months ago #466382 by Kilmoon
When we had to replace an ancient pump around 15 years ago we got warned to stay away for the cheap Chinese sh*t that was around at the time. This was from a pump dealer who we popped into see in Gore. We went on the assumption of what were the big farmers buying...those who bought cheap, constantly had problems and had to replace pumps all the time. Whereas those who bought the best brand (Grunfoss) never had to touch them again.

Buy Grunfoss (sp?)...once it was installed 15-16 years ago we've never had to touch it.

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10 years 8 months ago #466406 by kcouper
our farm water uses two really old (25-30+ year old ) bulldozer type pumps, cannot remember the brand off hand and they go really well. I had to have one reconditioned last year when we bought it (replaced the modern pump) cost $600 from memory and only needed that because it had been sitting unused in a shed (damp) for 10 years. Other than that they occassionaly need new leathers and some oil, otherwise just keep chugging along.
It pays to buy good solid pumps (in my case the heavier the better) they seem to pay off in the long term.

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