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Smile GENERAC 1" Water Pump / kit

Every now and again I need a small volume water pump for use on the property. I had a small pump, not sure the brand, probably owned it for a dozen years. Had not used it in the past 3 seasons but needed it this weekend. Pulled it out, the piston was seized tight. It had a small (maybe 1/2hp?) Kawasaki engine. 1" connectors. And a 3/4" hose adapter.

So I started looking for a replacement at the local stores:

Home Depot ... nothing in stock at the 3 closest locations
Lowes ... nothing in stock in stock at the 2 closest locations
Menards ... small Generac unit in stock at the closest store near my home
Harbor Freight ... had a generic model that looked just like the one I tossed in the trash but no way of knowing if it was actually in stock at the local store.

Decided to buy the Generac at Menards. Slightly bigger than the old unit. Literally an inch or two bigger but still a tiny gas powered pump.

Used it yesterday to pump about 100# of sand out of the bottom of my swimming pool.

Primed the pump with water. Added oil to the engine. Added premium gas. Primed the engine. Set the choke. Started on the first 1/2 of a pull. Runs pretty quiet too, quieter than I expected.

A few observations:
The big pump prime port makes it much easier to prime.

The suction hose is 1" and it needed to have the ends clamped on with auto hose clamps. The included clamps were cheap and only 1 of them actually was big enough to fit onto the hose so I could not install one of the ends (fortunately I had 2 other 1" suction hoses, each 10' long). The box claims the pump comes with 10' of suction hose, and while I did not measure the hose, I'd guess the hose was closer to 8' long than the claimed 10' ... ended up not using it since I had the other hose anyway.

I connected 20' of suction hose to the pump, about 10' of that was under water and the closest 10' was filled with air. Even with 10' of air in the hose the pump pulled the water up out of the pool quickly. When I accidentally sucked in some air as I moved the hose it regained suction very quickly.
Pretty impressed with this new pump. If you need a small pump and are not in the market for a trash pump this might suit your needs.

Specs are here => https://www.menards.com/main/plumbin...4431298030.htm Menards claims its 2 hp. But I'm pretty sure its more likely 1/2 hp.
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