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Reliable Air Pumps
Most reliable, most powerful, LOTS of air, and very easy to fix, also with a
THREE YEAR warranty - Tetra Luft pumps. You can gang several together if you
need to, and you can get them for less than $25.00 each. They are also
amazingly quiet, considering the air output. Plain looking, but built like a
brick! I have FIFTEEN YEAR OLD Luft pumps that are going strong that have
outlasted five or six of the more popular ones.
Well, there IS a better pump, for some reason I cannot retrieve the name from
my memory, but I think they are ?? wico ?? They are VERY quiet, have slotted
armatures, and cost about 150 bucks for the medium small one. Over 300 for
the bigger one. Metal case, have been available forever. I always wanted one,
but never wanted to fork over the money! :-( I got a "Chinese knock off"
once in an Auction, MADE some parts for it in my machine shop, and it ran
beautifully, until the coil failed.
If you get much beyond that for air needs, consider a blower. Expensive to
buy, expensive to run, but boy, do they give a lot of air! NOISY creatures,
you really need to install them in your basement or even in another
building!! Use at least 2-1/2 inch PVC pipe for the air distributing lines,
blowers have lots of air but very little pressure. (Enough to pump down as
far as your arm can reach in a tank.)
My $4.76 worth (.02, adjusted for inflation. :-/ )
JOlson8590 at AOL_com
Out in the Boonies, near