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 Post subject: Old cast water pump
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 9:43 am 
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Can anyone identify this old pump I found down the back? Its a southern cross but I can't find anything on the net about what type of pump it is or what it would be used for. Id be interested to know how old it might be.




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 Post subject: Re: Old cast water pump
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 10:42 pm 
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Dad thinks it may be some kind of old bore transfer pump. There is some piping down there too but everything is overgrown so I need to do some earthworks to see what I find.


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 Post subject: Re: Old cast water pump
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 1:29 am 
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Well you might ask some of your irrigation suppliers. Look for old people there, young people tend to know nothing if there is no chip on it.
You might also find information from farmers, but as your are in Kalgoorlie you might have to find cattle farmers or drive a lot :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Old cast water pump
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 3:39 pm 
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Im not in Kalgoorlie anymore, Perp. Im in northern NSW. Plenty of farmers around here so Ill ask around.


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 Post subject: Re: Old cast water pump
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 11:17 pm 
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What does Perp mean?

Oh I did not know that you moved! Well congrats then!


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 Post subject: Re: Old cast water pump
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 2:39 pm 
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Its an Australian thing, we abreviate everything. Perp is short for Perpetuitas. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Old cast water pump
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 12:15 am 
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Did you find out anything about it? Is that wooden stake a hand operated lever? If so it looks like a hand operated plunger or diaphram type pump, maybe used for priming larger pumps?

Either way, anything "Southern Cross" is highly collectable so don't ditch it.


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 Post subject: Re: Old cast water pump
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 4:11 pm 
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Yes it is lever operated, haven't found any info yet


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 Post subject: Re: Old cast water pump
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 4:29 pm 
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I found a picture of one the same but no info. Pull it apart and rebuild it you might find a model number. Have you got kids? If so set it up to pump into your chicken waterer or the dogs bowl, kids love lever pumps.


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 Post subject: Re: Old cast water pump
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 4:39 pm 
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........................ or you could just send it to me :wave:


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 Post subject: Re: Old cast water pump
PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:53 pm 
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Its just and old water transfer pump nothing special its just the hand way of doing what the electric pumps do now


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 Post subject: Re: Old cast water pump
PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:42 am 
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Its a keeper thanks Burnsy :wink:

Yea don't think its anything special but Ill rebuild it and get it working again. Ill use it as a transfer pump for the ponds down the back.


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 Post subject: Re: Old cast water pump
PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 3:27 pm 
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Ran into the previous owner of our place yesterday, they built the house before the subdivision went in 30 years ago. Anyways, he said that originally there was a large dam down the back that the old timers used for the banana plantation across the road and that was a pump used to transfer water to a holding pond in our yard. He said if I pulled the pump apart it would be full of brass but I didn't get what he meant by that. Pretty interesting.

He had a few cool stories of the area so we swapped email and he's going to forward me some photos.


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 Post subject: Re: Old cast water pump
PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:57 am 
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does he mean that by any chance: brass - metal

or is this somekind of joke germans dont get?


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 Post subject: Re: Old cast water pump
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:20 am 
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These pumps are cast iron construction with a brass bore and also they have brass valves and valve seats
Also the seal on the rod is usually brass
I had a collection of these years ago[20 different ones ]
When I was a kid there was an old feller [frans botcher ] that had a small market garden and had one on a well and he used to run all the water in channels
Us kids used to visit just so we could work the pump and always went home with a bag of veg
Ah memories


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