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Superior Pump 91250 1/4 HP Thermoplastic Submersible Utility Pump
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224 of 234 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 23, 2009
Size Name: 1/4 HPVerified Purchase
I have a swimming pool that needed to be drained. It was filled with green water, leaves and debris. This pump did a great job draining it.
Yes if you buy the larger hose it will pump faster but I wasn't in much of a hurry so I just used a standard garden hose.
A garden hose attaches easily. I also used a 5 gallon bucket drilled with many small holes.
I placed the pump in the bucket and lowered the bucket into the 8ft deep pool.
The buckets keeps the leaves and debris away from the pump.
After draining the pool the pump ran dry a few times because I wasn't paying attention. No damage done.
I'm very happy with this pump and I think it will last a good long time.
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120 of 124 people found the following review helpful
Size Name: 1/4 HPVerified Purchase
Pump arrived today, works fine. But, be aware that it has a 1 1/4" MPT outlet and a garden hose adapter. If you want full output into a 1 1/4" hose or pipe, get an female-to-male adapter. Amazon's "Frequently Bought Together" showed the Little Giant 24' sump pump hose(...). I ordered this- be aware that it has a male adapter (same as pump!) and will NOT work directly with this pump.
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118 of 126 people found the following review helpful
Size Name: 1/4 HPVerified Purchase
I got this pump to serve a utility function on an as-needed basis and it has performed flawlessly so far. Here are some features I have discovered through use:

Pros:

* Solid performance: I recently used this pump to clear out water that had accumulated in my backyard due to heavy rains. It worked perfectly and quickly using a 50 ft. garden hose attached to the adapter that comes with the unit. The volume of flow appeared to match what was advertised. This unit can effectively clear a flooded basement, a small pool, clogged bathtub, etc.

* Quiet operation: This pump can be used in a sump, but it can also be used to power a water fountain of decent size. It is very quiet during operation, producing a low hum. While I've not yet used the pump to move water to significant elevation, I have been impressed at how much water it moves without sounding like it's making an effort.

* Built-in screen: This unit has a built-in screen at the bottom, made of plastic and held on by screws. Anything smaller than the mesh just passes harmlessly through the pump and on out. If the screen becomes clogged, it can be removed and cleaned or the unit can be backflushed to clear any blockage.

* Versatile: This pump is rated for continuous-duty, but it also works very well as a back-up pump or for emergencies, sitting on a shelf ready when you need it. I use it for emergencies and projects and it's really handy to have. Like another reviewer, I use an apparatus that makes it easy to just grab it and go when needed: My pump lives in a five gallon plastic paint bucket that has had four, 1.5" holes drilled on the sides (evenly spaced at the very bottom, at 12, 3, 6, and 9 O'Clock), and lined with 1/4" galvanized hardware cloth. The holes in the sides of the bucket let the water in, and the hardware cloth screen out the larger bits of leaves, etc. Keeping the pump in the bucket allows me to transport it easily and lower it by the handle when I need to. The pump also includes a hose adapter that screws onto the 1.5 MIP outlet. Nice!

* Decent and tough cord: Mine came with the standard 10' long electrical cord, which is long enough for my purposes. It's stiff, though, made of a material that loses all flexibility when it's cold. In the hot sunshine, it coils up better, but in the cold it can be a pain. (Which is also why I store the pump in the bucket: It makes it easy to stuff the cord in when it doesn't feel like coiling up nicely.

* Durable but Light: The housing is made up entirely of thermoplastic. This makes for a pump that is light but also durable. While not as heavy duty as some others, the housing is well-matched to the relatively small motor, which also draws very lightly from house current. I have used this on many occasions and it has always worked without a hiccup. For its size and duty rating, I have been impressed.

Cons:

* Cord can be stiff, especially at colder temps.

Other Thoughts:

When using the hose adapter for the outflow, I use Teflon tape; The adapter does not form a tight seal against the outlet pipe and the pressure of the pump is sufficient to create a decent leak or spray of water from this point. Another benefit of using Teflon tape here is that it also makes the adapter easier to take off. Also, this particular model does not have a float - it turns on when you plug it in, so consider that if you are looking for one with a float-actuated switch.

This pump is unique in that it can easily be found servicing a fountain (residential or commercial), or doing residential sump pump duty, or serving as a homeowner or contractor's utility pump.

While this pump is not as heavy duty as many others, it is a solid and respectable performer. It has proven extremely durable and useful for its size, and the price makes it an outstanding value. Given its flexibility, usefulness, and value, I find it easy to give this a five star rating and can recommend it. I would definitely buy this pump again if I had to do it over as I have found no other that matches the capability, reliability, and durability at this price.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2012
Size Name: 1/3 HPVerified Purchase
I used this item to drain my swimming pool (needed to replace water due to high TDS) and it worked exactly as advertised. I didn't bother with the floating switch, but it might have helped. Used my standard garden hose, and used a nylon rope to lower to the bottom of the pool. The pump is fully submersible.

I have a 15,000 gallon pool with an 7' deep end. Put the pump in the deep end (all the way submerged), ran the garden house out to the sewer outlet (I didn't want that water in the yard), started the pump, and checked periodically. It took most of the weekend running 24/7. I started it saturday morning, and stopped it saturday night, but in retrospect could have simply let it run.

Very late Sunday it finished and I started filling the pool.

If you need to drain your pool, don't rent a pump. Just buy this one.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2010
Size Name: 1/4 HPVerified Purchase
This pump works great. It has a very low draft so that it is able to remove standing water at a very low 1/8 of an inch.
Other pumps require a higher level of water to pump. The Superior Pump 91250 starts up very easy and runs like a charm.
I used a regular garden hose for the output and it was fine. It pumps at a very high rate. I am very satisfied with this pump.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2011
Size Name: 1/5 HPVerified Purchase
As I said in the title; "Great pump for the price".

I already have an Ace hardware utility pump 1/6 hp that cost me $30 more than this one. This pump is truly, "Superior" (Pardon the pun). I only used it once so far to assist in removing the remnants of Hurricane Irene from my basement. It really pumps well, even through a 50' 5/8" garden hose with a 6' rise out of the basement.

So far it appears to be somewhat stronger than the Ace pump.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2010
Size Name: 1/5 HPVerified Purchase
I bought 3 of these pumps for my basement this winter when we had some flooding. These 3 pumps ran non stop from Christmas to March until I could get a drain system/sump pump put in. They ran 24 hours a day and only one stopped working in March after I dropped it from about 3ft while it was running (and had been for the pass 3months). They work great. You need about a 1/2 - 1" of water to get them primed but then after that there good for about 1/4" of water. I found that bending the hose (pinching it off) down by the pump worked well to get them primed quickly, not sure why it worked but it did.
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60 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2008
Size Name: 1/4 HP
During the largest rainfall Chicago has ever seen, this pump came in very handy. When my regular sump pump couldn't keep up with the torrential rain, I dropped this in the sump pit and connected it to a garden hose that I ran outside. This little pump ran like a champ! It kept the regular pump from being overwhelmed. I would buy it again in a heartbeat. You will want to get a float switch if you intend to use it as I did; I did not have the switch and had to babysit the pump by plugging and unplugging as the water rose and fell. Great pump to sit on a shelf for an emergency.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2008
Size Name: 1/4 HP
I went to Menards and Home Depot looking for the Wayne 1/2 HP pump, but they were sold out because of the big Christmas thaw of 2008 here in Milwaukee.
Instead, I bought the Superior 1/4HP one. The thing is amazing. I have it in my sump well next to my 'real' sump pump and this new one pumps twice as fast as the old one.

I don't know why it's so expensive through Amazon though. It was less than $40 at Menards.

I'd buy this pump again in a heartbeat.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2012
Size Name: 1/4 HPVerified Purchase
Bought this pump to drain our Hot Tub periodically for cleaning. I also bought the "recommended" Flotec 1-1/4 discharge hose to facilitate more water volume and faster drain times than a standard garden hose can do. Unfortunately as you probably already know, the hoses they sell here come with the wrong adapters (both male) so you will need to buy a 1-1/4 inch FEMALE adapter to get the larger hoses to work. You would use one of them in place of the Male adapters that come with the Hose Kits. I found the appropriate adapter at Orchard Supply Hardware for about two bucks. I also posted a picture of the exact adapter you need in the photo gallery for this Pump at the top of the page. Get the larger hose and the adapter and you will be amazed how fast this thing can drain a hot tub. Good luck. Hope this helps.
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