Hand Fuel Pump: Why Have One?
A hand fuel pump is a handy tool to have around your garage. There are several benefits to these types of fuel pumps. You should know that while these are great to have around they are not for everybody. You should do your homework and shop around to make sure that you end up getting the exact right hand fuel pump for your needs.
There may be instances where certain repairs on a vehicle require an empty tank. This will usually happen when you are replacing anything on a fuel tank, or anything having to do with the fuel system. You may also find that there are some repairs will also require the tank be removed to get to other areas of the car. In these cases, being able to siphon the fuel out of the tank is a must. If you find yourself having to do a lot of these repairs, then having a hand fuel pump will make these jobs much easier.
If you do your own oil changes, you may consider purchasing oil in larger buckets or drums. Getting individual bottles can be a pain and cost you a lot of money in the process. A great way to save money is to purchase these buckets or drums and also get a hand fuel pump. You should know that some hand pumps can be used for oil on these larger containers. Not all of them are used for this though so it is a good idea to make sure that you look for one that serves this specific purpose. Many hand pumps can be attached to a hose to allow you to use them on barrels as high as 55 gallons. If you are using the pump to pump multiple types of liquid, you will want to make sure you clean it thoroughly in between applications.
Unlike an electric pump, a hand pump only needs to rely on your physical use for operation. Because of this, they are much easier to maintain. Most hand pumps use either a plunger or a rotary wheel to create the pumping action. An electric pump relies on batteries and a small motor to create the suction. If the battery dies or the motor fails, you will have to revert to another method. Having a hand pump can be a great back up tool. Although an electric pump can sometimes be easier, it has a much higher chance of breaking and leaving you without a pump at all. Sometimes having both options around is ideal, that way you will be able to have the best of both worlds.
Just remember some of the things to look for with a hand pump. Not all of them are made for the same purpose, if you have specific jobs in mind, make sure that the hand pump can handle what you need for it to do.