Hand Water Pump Breaks Record — 22 GPM at 80′ Static

Hand Water Pump 22 gpmJust when I think Darren has broken the most impossible record with the WaterBuck Pump, something new happens. Today he enlisted the help of a young neighbor, Tommy, to demonstrate the pump’s capability.

On his first attempt, Tommy filled three 7-gallon pails to the rim and was started on the fourth when I called, “Time!”

In 60 seconds flat, this medical school student pumped 22 gallons of water, one for each year of his age. And even though it was nearly 90 degrees outside, Tommy wasn’t even winded. He says with a little practice, he could probably pump more than 25 gallons in a minute. Ah, the optimism of youth!

We were certainly pleased with his result, which is actually 60 percent more water than a 12-foot-diameter windmill at peak performance can pump in one minute at the same application (80′ static water level with a 4″ cylinder).  According to the performance charts, a 12-foot windmill can pump 13.8 gallons in one minute with continuous winds of 15 to 20 miles per hour. Tommy also beat Darren’s old record of 17.5 gallons per minute.

Afterwards, I happily dispersed the pails of water among my garden plants. Speaking of breaking records, I am confident that my mammoth sunflowers are the tallest in the county this summer.

Darren says these water-pumping results are by no means the mechanical limits of the WaterBuck’s performance. They are just the beginning.

Now I wonder if Tommy’s classmates will ask if anything new and exciting happened over summer break.

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Dual Power Ability Coming to the WaterBuck Pump

Hand Pump flowBecause of the proven efficiency and capacity of the WaterBuck Pump under human power, Well WaterBoy Products is now working with a solar pump company to fit the WaterBuck with a lower-watt solar drive motor.

Combining solar power will make the WaterBuck the most unique, efficient primary and manual backup water supply system anywhere.

“The crisis of our diminishing water resources is just as severe (if less obviously immediate) as any wartime crisis we have ever faced. Our survival is just as much at stake as it was at the time of Pearl Harbor, or the Argonne, or Gettysburg, or Saratoga.”

-Jim Wright, U.S. Representative, “The Coming Water Famine,” 1966

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Deep Well Hand Pump is Setting New Records

Deep well hand pump demoThe performance of our innovative deep-well hand pump is not just breaking records, but is setting new ones.

What is so impressive about this new manual well pump is that an average man in his 50’s pumped 17.5 gallons in one minute.  That’s more water in 1 minute than a 12-foot diameter windmill can pump (at peak performance and same application with same size cylinder) and what a common deep-well hand pump can – combined. These test results are minimal compared to what can be done with this machine with 2 to 4 operators.

millThe maximum gpm for a 12’ windmill operating a 4” cylinder with 80’ of head is 13.8. The maximum for a common deep-well hand pump at same application with a 3” cylinder is 3 gpm. That’s a combined total of 16.8 gallons in one minute. The average man using the WaterBuck Pump beat the windmill by more than 3 1/2 gallons. At shallower applications with the use of the same size cylinder or larger cylinders, up to three times as much water can be yielded in the same amount of time with the same operator.

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Our next goal is to fit the WaterBuck Pump with a lower-watt solar drive motor, making it the most unique, efficient primary and manual backup water supply system anywhere.

 

The WaterBuck’s capacity can easily be doubled by being equipped with twin 6″ or 8”cylinders, and two pump levers opposite each other for irrigating a few acres of farmland. For more information please see WaterBuck Pump.

Performance of the WaterBuck Pump

Inventor of the WaterBuck PumpA few months ago, we at Well WaterBoy Products made some changes to our first WaterBuck Pump model. We installed a stronger sucker rod system adequate for the torque created by our pump – ¾” fiberglass rod.  We also redesigned the pump lever to increase torque for efficiency and installed a new pump cylinder.

Before we made these changes, the performance of the WaterBuck was quite impressive for a deep well hand pump considering the static depth and size of cylinder being operated. (80’ of head, 4” cylinder, 2” column of water)

After the leathers were broken in on the first cylinder, Darren was able to pump 7 gallons during a 30-second sprint and 13+ gallons in one full minute. A 64-year-old-grandmother pumped 7 gpm.  In each of these tests, a 5’ pump lever was being used. Another test result by 2 young women pumping together non-stop yielded 55 gallons in 5 minutes and 45 seconds with a 4’ lever.

Deep Well WaterBuck PumpNow that the pump seals are close to being broken in, today we decided to make another 30-second sprint, with the enhanced mechanics and a 4’ pump lever. Nine gallons from a deep well pump by a man in his 50s is not bad!  Next, we set up the barrel and discharge pipe to record the time for Darren alone to fill a 55-gallon barrel non-stop. After 6 minutes and 45 seconds the barrel was full.

On April 17 we performed another test, a  60 second sprint

What is so impressive about this new manual well pump is that an average man in his 50’s pumped 17.5 gallons in one minute.  That’s more water in 1 minute than a 12-foot diameter windmill can pump (at peak performance and same application with same size cylinder) and what a common deep-well hand pump can – combined.

The maximum gpm for a 12’ windmill operating a 4” cylinder with 80’ of head is 13.8. The maximum for a common deep-well hand pump at same application with a 3” cylinder is 3 gpm. That’s a combined total of 16.8 gallons in one minute. The average man using the WaterBuck Pump beat the windmill by more than 3 1/2 gallons.

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Just think about those results. It’s great to not have to wait for the wind or sun or use fuel or depend on electricity to get a lot of water needed from a deep well quickly and efficiently.

At shallower applications with the use of larger cylinders, up to three times as much water can be yielded in the same amount of time with the same operators. With the use of smaller cylinders, much greater depths can be achieved — much greater than what was ever thought possible under human power, and as much water as a windmill can produce a minute, if not a little more.

Emergency Water Checklist

Do you need a high-performance, commercial-grade manual well pump for your home or business? Are you considering going off-grid?  Do you have a water backup system that is not easily affected by storms, electronic failure and fuel or parts shortages? Can you repair it yourself or does it require skilled technicians? Will you be able maintain your solar pump system or generator during an economic collapse?

How is your daily life affected if water does not come out of your faucet for just 24 hours? Or a week? Is your water well  the only source of water for your home?

Do you have one of those hand pumps that yield 3 gpms through the efforts of a strong, fit, tall, heavy man? Or do you have one that’s easier and yields maybe a little more if you can flap your arms like a bird?

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Do you have a non-electric water supply system that is practical to sustain a community with animals and crops?

After all these years, there finally is a much better shallow and deep well pump.  The WaterBuck Pump is a low-tech, easy-to-use innovative water supply system with a capacity up to 55 gallons a minute under human power (depending on static water level, cylinder size and operator fitness).

WaterBuck Pump Well Head SecuredOur unique well pump, the first of its kind, sets a new standard for high-torque, high-volume and high-lift manually operated mechanical lift well pumps. The WaterBuck Pump is much more than a hand pump, it is a serious piece of equipment that can sustain life and maintain quality of life during uncertain times ahead.

Contact us today so we can customize a water supply system for your needs.

The Modern Manual Water Well Pump Jack

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.”
 Thomas A. Edison

When I first set out to design and build a much better hand pump than any currently known, I had no idea what the outcome would be. I just hoped for a better hand pump.

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I could have purchased a fancy, high-tech deep-well pump with traditional mechanics, but it takes a strong, fit man to operate one of those. Or I could have bought one of the other high-tech pumps that are easier to use. It’s easier because you’re lifting much less water per stroke through a smaller cylinder. But, in reality, I would have ended up with an expensive deep-well squirt gun that would only be good for short-term use. I needed something for the long term, a good ol’ human-powered water-pumping machine to supply the demand without great effort.

My first thoughts were that if man could design and build water-pumping windmills – a machine capable of pumping high volumes of water from shallow wells and practical amounts from deeper wells with wind power – surely we can make a machine that could do the same under human power.

I first looked at the basic mechanics of common hand pumps ― a lever and fulcrum.  The design limits the stroke length and the leverage that can be practically created, limiting the cylinder size that can be operated. There is no potential advancement here, I thought, so I needed to think outside the box and much bigger to achieve a greater goal.

WaterBuck Pump CylinderInstead, I installed a common 4” windmill pump cylinder with a longer stroke in my well. I began to perceive from that point how to make a device that could operate that reciprocating pump cylinder efficiently and with greater volume.  I asked a windmill professional for advice and told him what I was trying to do with this larger cylinder with an 80’ head pressure. He said I would never be able to pull up on the rod, that the force is too great under human power. His words were discouraging, but it was too late. I already had the cylinder in my well.  I had no choice but to try.

When I first began operating the sucker rod up and down, I thought that old windmill man did not know what he was talking about. I felt relieved until the 2-inch drop pipe started filling with water. Each stroke became harder and harder until I couldn’t pull up any more. Yet no water had reached the surface. (This prototype was embarrassing – a device that moves up and down with counterweights.)

I thought I would just add more weights. After adding a few hundred pounds, I achieved reciprocation. But after looking closely, I realized the drop pipe and well seal were moving together up and down. The pump rod didn’t budge. (The tightened well sell and drop pipe came right up with the sucker rod.) I bolted down and re tightened the well seal and tried again. The well seal stayed in place, but the drop pipe slowly slipped up through the well seal. The pump rod still didn’t budge. It wasn’t practically anyway, so  I went back to the drawing board with the words of the windmill professional haunting me for the next few months of trial and error.

WaterBuck Pump PrototypeAfter learning more about the intense load that rested within the large pump cylinder (at the current application), I realized I not only needed a water pump, but I also needed a jack to lift the load. So, I set out to design and build a water well pump jack. The first important step was to secure the well seal and drop pipe to the well head.

I also remembered what a professional well driller wrote to me: “My thoughts are you may be trying to reinvent the wheel. I would have thought in 150 years of building hand pumps and windmills, the best possible combinations would have already been thought of, but I certainly appreciate the fact that you’re looking to improve on this. Who knows, you may just come up with something, or you will come to the same conclusions that the rest of the industry has in 150 years of building them.”

I chose to focus on the positive.

WaterBuck Pump Well Head Secured When I reached 6 GPM with 18 strokes (at the same application) with the third prototype, I knew then that I had definitely come up with something.  I didn’t stop there, but improved the capacity to 17.5 GPM with about 20 strokes. We will continue to testing the peak performance of the WaterBuck Pump (patent pending) – a manually operated pump jack.

Current pump cylinder specifications— 4”, 16” stroke, 0.87 gallons per stroke. More than 5 gallons of water is delivered with just 6 strokes.

Video: Performance with 80′ headWith the enhanced mechanics, a 1 minute sprint by a man in his 50s yielded 17.5 gallons and 9.5 gal in 30 seconds. With the previous mechanics, the yield was 13.5 gallons in 1 minute and 7 gal in 30 seconds. Same operator filled a 55-gallon barrel non-stop in 6 minutes, 45 seconds. Please see “WaterBuck Performance”

New Record For The WaterBuck Pump: 07/21/14, 22 gallons in one minute

p -jackThe water well industry designed a pump jack to operate hand pumps and windmill pump systems when needed. Cost $3000.00

However, it is motorized. What is unique about our manually operated pump jack compared to the most commonly used motorized version is it not only exceeds the lift and peak performance of a 12’ water pumping windmill in GPM, it easily exceeds the performance of the motorized version. They are not designed to operate a 4” reciprocating pump cylinder.

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Deep Well WaterBuck PumpAfter two years, the outcome of our efforts greatly exceeded anyone’s expectations, setting a new standard for high-torque, high-volume and high-lift manually operated mechanical lift well pumps.


Depth and Capacity of the WaterBuck

Now that the WaterBuck is gaining attention, we have been asked many times how deep the WaterBuck can pump from and how much effort is required.

The WaterBuck Pump is currently and efficiently operating in the range of 12’ – 14’ diameter windmills, therefore  we now anticipate reaching depths around  700’. But how can I say this and what is this conclusion based on?

waterbuckAs with any original design, it takes time to test the limits of the device in real conditions. Testing the limits of our pump in real conditions and with as many applications as necessary would require about 12 wells with different static water levels.  Since we started and for the past year, we are testing the maximum lift (from 80’) of the WaterBuck with a large windmill cylinder and pressure tank.  Pressurizing the tank to 50 psi from 80’ with a 4” cylinder is equivalent to pumping to an elevation of 195’.  These test results indicate how much deeper we can pump from with the same size cylinder with 1 or 2 operators and how much deeper we can pump from by reducing the size of the cylinder.

The charts established for water-pumping windmills have proven to be very useful for revealing the possibilities of the WaterBuck Pump.  In the following chart, note the capability and depth of a 12’ windmill in gallons per hour (gph  ÷ 60 = 13.8 gpm) operating a 4” cylinder.

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It takes a strong machine to efficiently pump as much or more gpm than a 12’ windmill. Not only are we pumping more gpm than a 12’ diameter windmill does at the same depth, we are operating around the same maximum depth as the windmill can on the long stroke with a 4” cylinder. And this is accomplished by a 160-pound man in his 50s who is currently pumping 17.5 gpm while breaking in a new cylinder.  At a static water level of 30’-40’ the effort required would be much less, yielding as much as 24 gpm by the same operator and same size cylinder. The increase of gpm is just an additional 10 cycles of the pump lever.

The WaterBuck with a 6” cylinder pumping from an elevation of 30-40’ with the same operator could yield more than 32 gpm, and more than 40 gpm with a fit, strong man.

Taking another look at the charts, the maximum depth the 12’ mill can reach with the long stroke is 420’. If the short stroke is used, elevation is increased by 1/3. We anticipate the same results by a man in his 50s with the WaterBuck.

Because of the unique mechanical advantage of the WaterBuck, the possibilities are incredible. We anticipate continuing to exceed the peak performance of 12’mills in gpm and depth and exceed 14’mills in depth with 1 and 2 operators.

A 12′ mill operating a 8″ cylinder from a static water level of 22′, can pump 55 gpm. We also anticipate the same results by a man in his 50s with the WaterBuck.

How much effort is required to pump water with the WaterBuck?

The effort effort required is being tested. Considering the pump makes an efficient use of human shape, motion, strength and weight, it is simple and easy to use.  We do see that a grandmother can yield half as much water per minute than the peak performance of a 12’ mill. Therefore we anticipate she could do the same at any depth with appropriate cylinder. Stay tuned for more updates!

Field testing updates: 80′ static level, 4″ cylinder,16″ stroke, 0.87 gallons per cycle.

Boys- WaterBuck Pump 10/01/13 – Three volunteers from Master’s Ranch and Christian Academy come over to help test the WaterBuck Pump.

While they were at it, they set a new high-water mark for pump capacity by filling a 55-gallon barrel in 3 minutes and 42 seconds with 64 cycles of the pump lever.

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