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Old 03-05-2012, 01:33 PM   #1
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Where is a good place to get inexpensive pumps?
I see chuggar pumps for ~$120 and march pumps for ~$130-150.

I was hoping for a lot less

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Old 03-05-2012, 02:08 PM   #2
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We all hope for lots of things

If you want a high temperature food grade pump that you can control the flow rate, you're going to find it's damned tough to beat the prices you're seeing for March and Chugger...

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Old 03-05-2012, 03:10 PM   #3
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Where is a good place to get inexpensive pumps?
I see chuggar pumps for ~$120 and march pumps for ~$130-150.

I was hoping for a lot less
I had to get over that hump myself.
Some brew gear just costs what it costs.
I wanted a Chugger but apparently there are sold out everywhere.
I broke down and bought a March from AHS.
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Old 03-05-2012, 03:23 PM   #4
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Where is a good place to get inexpensive pumps?
I see chuggar pumps for ~$120 and march pumps for ~$130-150.

I was hoping for a lot less

You don't unless you find something used. Those are what you'll want for brewing.
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Old 03-05-2012, 03:25 PM   #5
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Depending on your level of DIY, you could *maybe* build a peristaltic pump for less, but it would take significant amount of time to build, and although they have some nice features (no prime needed, and high lift), a March or Chugger does what a brewer needs and you can almost install off the shelf.

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Old 03-05-2012, 03:48 PM   #6
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got a march pump with a stainless chugger head from a guy on here - it works very well - about 40 dollars in fittings in addition to the original cost and I have something to use with my herms

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I paid $80 for my first chugger, and got the second (SS head) free in the giveaway a while back.

If you want cheaper pumps, you gotta be LUCKY!

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Old 03-05-2012, 05:02 PM   #8
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I've been using an Iwaki pump for about a year and a half now. Got it for $40 on ebay. (Much) more power than a March, (much) easier to prime, handles boiling wort like a champ. I know lots of people here will probably start flaming - you tend to hear a lot of "If you don't use a March or Chugger your beer will be ruined and you'll die!" round here - but I love it.

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Don't know about all that drama, but the Iwaki MD series is only rated for 80°C/176°F...

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Speaking of pumps....

Anyone have an idea when Chugger is going to have pumps back in stock?

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