Having the right transfer pump for your material is important for success. Not all pumps are the same. When looking at transfer pumps, look for a pump that can handle the materials you use, is easy to clean and can fit into the drum size you need. When in doubt, check your material against the transfer pump manual. This will help you identify proper ratio, cycles per gallon, psi and other important factors.
Avoid unnecessary down time by performing maintenance checks before you start your day. It is easier to perform these checks while the system is cool and pressure free. Taking this step saves you downtime later if something was wrong.
Always grease your transfer pumps before putting them into your material drum. By pre-greasing the pump, you make it much easier to swap drums and don’t risk damaging the pump when it won’t come out of the drum!
As a general rule, the shaft area of your Graco T3 Pump should be checked, cleaned and lubricated every three to six months. When you get a new T3 Pump and during these checks, run about 20 gallons of material. Afterwards, tighten the packing nut by hand and then use the included spanner wrench to tighten an additional 1/8 to 1/4 turn.
Liquid Transfer Pump failure is one of the leading causes of off-ratio incidence, lost production time, emergencies, and cost over-run out of the many components that make up our processing equipment. Diligent preparation is a key factor toward the successful operation of your project and the equipment you depend on. The facts is, equipment components are only going to perform as well as they are understood and maintained.Continue reading
The Graco T3 Transfer Pump is the newest Transfer Pump from Graco, Inc. This quiet 3:1 pump can accommodate low ceiling heights at only 50.3″ and low weight at only 22 lbs.Continue reading
Transfer Pumps can be a tricky item to replace parts, leaving you with small parts and confused on where to place them. In this Fix-It Friday, John Davidson shows how to replace the Gasket Upper or Upper Air Gasket on a PMC GHO Transfer Pump. The same anatomy can be applied to Graco Transfer Pumps and IPM Transfer Pumps.
SprayWorks Launches New Equipment Repair Video Series
CANTON, Ohio – SprayWorks Equipment Group, a spray foam and coatings equipment company, has launched a new video series for contractors. The new series of short videos, aptly named Fix-It Friday, is hosted by Polyurethane equipment experts with decades of experience; John Davidson and Dave Penta. Fix-It Friday consists of monthly videos curated with common part repairs and maintenance steps that need to take place regularly. The videos allow spray foam contractors to take repairs into their own hands.
PMC GHO, IPM OP series, Graco T2 Transfer Air motor performance
After use, the transfer pump air motor starts operating sluggish and leaks air. This is generally due to deforming (wear) of the upper reversing spring and the upper air valve gasket. You can notice the spring wear off in two ways. The first being the pump fails to return to the down stroke and secondly the pump will pause momentarily when reversing to the down stroke which appears as a cavitation type action. In this situation, hanging the spring is the best solution, but when in a pinch, stretching the spring to its near original length can get you through the day.