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Self Powered Hydraulic Ram Pump
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Froggie    Posted 02-21-2002 at 18:38:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Resently I ran across an advertisment for a self powered hydraulic ram pump. The article mentioned that for a modest fee of $8.00 I could send to the Atlas publication company and recieve plans to build this machine. The question is, does it work and if so can I rely upon it to transfer water from stream bed to some piping I plan to install. I'm thinking that the higher I can pump the water initially the more fall I'll have for the pipe. Any information that you can share with me will be greatly appreciated.

doug stockman    Posted 02-23-2002 at 03:28:35       [Reply]  [Send Email] had an article within the last couple years on making a hydraulic ram pump. It was an improved version. I cannot remember which issue. If you email the people at HP, they can probably tell you and might even send you the article. It looks fairly easy to build with hardware store plumbing parts. Best of luck.

Doug Stockman
Penfield, NY

Hal/WA    Posted 02-22-2002 at 12:34:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
My brother is using a hydraulic ram for all his water needs. He lives in the mountains of North Idaho and built his ram with pipe fittings 10 or 15 years ago. The most important part of making a ram work, is you have to have water flowing downhill with sufficient drop. My brother's system has somewhere between 40 and 60 feet of drop between the intake for the system and where the ram is. The ram uses the force of the water in that drop to pump some of the water to the storage tank that is at least 50 feet above the ram. The only moving parts are the check valves. The system is not extremely efficient, as the gpm rating is low, but it does work without electricity and since it works 24/7, with a large storage tank, it is sufficient for their household and garden uses. If you live in an area where it freezes deeply, plan on burying all parts of the system underground far enough. The piping you use should be strong enough to withstand the high pressures in the system. And since it is surface water, you really should not drink it without filtering and/or treating it. Giardia, bacteria and who knows what else can be anywhere in surface water and believe me, you don't want to go there.

Christopher    Posted 02-22-2002 at 09:08:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am the guy from Tractorbynet that used to have one, I did a poor job of explaining it over there, the links posted here give a better explanation. Dad built ours from pipe and junk laying around in a junkyard, it might have cost $10.00 or less, he built another, smaller one out of new parts and it cost somewhere around $80.00, the major cost was the pipe fittings. We used to have the plans on paper, I will see if he still has them, if he does I can scan them and send them to you.

BB    Posted 02-22-2002 at 04:50:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This is a recent topic of discussion on with a description by someone who actually use to have one. He claims it worked well. The basic discussion is about living without access to electric power.

rhudson    Posted 02-21-2002 at 20:34:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mother earth news has some plans for a plastic one. i think i sawthem on their homepage. anyway, i've got a couple of rams here on the farm. if you will email me, i'll scan some plans for you.

William BAyne    Posted 08-15-2002 at 17:04:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Info on Hydraulic Ram Pump

Nathan(GA)    Posted 02-21-2002 at 18:46:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to have some info on one made here in GA. I can't find the literature now. It has to have so much fall on the length of pipe in the stream. I forget the ratio now. I'm sure someone will fill you in.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 02-21-2002 at 18:56:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's a link for some info. There were many from a "ram pump" search.

joe    Posted 02-24-2002 at 18:56:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm amazed!!! I just looked through an old Audels plumbers and steam fitters hand book and read about hyraulic rams. The book goes back to 20's- 40's. These weren't homemade, but offered alot of theory. I lent the book to a friend to help him figure pipe lengths. It is a cast iron gismo I'd guess the size of a football. Someday I hope to find one in an old barn or chickencoop. There is always cool stuff in old barns and chickencoops.I found this site reading about hand dug wells. I'm into old doodlebugs.

Hogman    Posted 02-21-2002 at 19:00:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check with Your Extension office. I am sure you can get plans for free to build a very simple usable ram out of PVC pipe real cheap.

Some people make a living out of selling information that is readaly available for free many places.

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