I show how to siphon gas with a pump. I have a Lumax LX-1318 Rotary Barrel Pump so I can pump fuel. Watch this Lumax LX-1318 Pump Review to see a great barrel pump. This is a decent high-flow gasoline and fuel pump.
have discussed on my blog how to reduce the cost of fuel by purchasing in bulk: Storing & Reducing Price of Gasoline, Find Gas in Fuel Shortage. Just last weekend I saved close to 20 dollars purchasing fuel in this manner. Do this twice and I have covered the cost of the pump I am about to review.
One problem I have been having with some of my older gas cans was that the snout for pouring fuel gets a little brittle over time and has flexed over and over, causing it to snap. This is an issue because I ended up with containers of fuel that would do me absolutely no good.
I had the idea to get a gas pump, so I could just pump it into my car from the gas containers. I thought that just about any pump would do fine for me as long as it would fit in a gas can. Well, you are about to find out which pump I chose, due to high ratings.
I purchased the Lumax LX-1318 Gray Rotary Barrel Pump from Amazon. I heard about it’s heavy duty cast iron construction. On the amazon page it never claimed to be for gasoline, but it did say that it was used for other non-corrosive, but flammable, petroleum based fluids. So I decided to get it because I wanted something more “manual” and METAL. I didn’t want to rely on plastic crap. I wanted something heavy duty, that I would be able to use more on larger job applications.
First, let me discuss the claims from the manufacturer of the LX-1318, and if the manual rotary pump siphoned gas as was claimed:
They said that the pump was heavy duty cast iron. Boy was it. Heavy duty and heavy. Only time will tell, but this thing seems like it will work for a long time.
It is for non-corrosive petroleum fuels. Gasoline is a non-corrosive liquid, but it is a very powerful solvent. I have pumped it with no problems.
It is supposed to fit 15-55 gallon drums with a standard 2-inch bung. This is also accurate, as a matter of fact, this is 100% the intent of the design and I would recommend you purchase it with this intention, and if you read on, you will see why.
Delivers one gallon per 14 revolutions. This is true, but you have to pump quickly to get the flow. If you slowly turn the pump, it will not prime and pump fuel. The faster you pump, the less air you will get with your fuel and the faster AND more efficiently it will pump.
It is claimed that the pump is self priming. Well, as I just said, it must be turned at a rate of probably 16 revolutions per minute to get a decent syphon. If you have a high flow application, this isn’t such a big deal. But if you are in a low flow application, don’t purchase this pump.
The First thing I though was that this thing was a pretty awesome, heavy duty piece of equipment. When I unpackaged it, and pieced together the few pieces that came in the box, it was the perfect height for a 15-50 gallon tote. There were no directions, but you didn’t need any, since the assembly was so simple.
What I am first began trying to use this thing for was to fill my tank from each gas can, but the draw head would not fit into the typical opening for a gas can, so I had to take the draw head off. Then I was able to pump.
When I began pumping directly into the tank, insertion of the flexible, plastic tube into the tank was easy enough, but it would not let air escape, so CONSTANTLY, I had to break the seal and allow the tank to burp, otherwise gas was going to bubble up everywhere.
My biggest issue with this pump is that I have to pump it and have something holding it to the tank insertion. This meant that I couldn’t hold the pump up while I was turning the handle, because I was also holding the line into the fuel hole. It works on a full gas can, but as the can got lower, it would begin tipping under the heavy weight of the pump. So I removed the bottom 1/3 of the pipe, to shorten it and reduce the leverage of it’s weight.
This worked, but I still had to contend with the constant burping of the tank. I decided to get a funnel and use the pump into the funnel, however the funnel was too shallow and fuel would spill out everywhere due to he high volume of fuel being pumped.
Finally, since I still have one or two gas cans that has the spouts still in 1 piece, I began just pumping all of the other cans into the empty ones with the good spouts and then using the spouted cans on the cars tank.
My final thoughts of the Lumax LX-1318 Manual Rotary Barrel Pump:
Robust and works as described. Not for low flow needs, use for high flow needs. This is perfect if you want to attach it to a 15-55 gallon barrel, and the price is on point.
To Purchase the Lumax LX-1318 Gray Rotary Barrel Pump, just click here which I definitely think in a sound investment.
I recommend for low flow situations that you consider either the TERAPUMP TRHD05 2D Battery Operated Liquid, Gas, Water Transfer Pump w/ Easy handle or the TERAPUMP TRHD03 2D Battery Operated Liquid, Gas, Water Transfer Pump w/Auto-Stop System (Leak protection)and Buzzer.
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