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    Default What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    For those that use a truck mounted tank to feed their bees in the outyards, what kind and size pump are you using? Waht kind of pump are you using to transfer syrup from your holding tank to the truck mounted tank? Thanks.

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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    I use the strong-arm pail pump to get it from the truck tank to the hive.
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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    Have a 1" honey pump with a 5 HP Honda motor. Takes about 30 seconds to gill a 1 gal feeder. 100 foot high quality hose on a old hose reel off a fire truck. Pimp is slowed down with two pulleys in the middle. You must have a pressure felief system to recirculate when nozzle is off. Nozzle is about 30 inches long so uvfont gave to bend over. 2 people can feed 500 a day. Or you can get short pipe and attach to tote and fill buckets.

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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    I'm familiar with the feeder tank / pump / engine. I'm looking to build one. I already have the engine and tank. I was mainly looking for what brand and model pump people were using on their feeders. Thanks

    Bill
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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    this winter Im going to put a pump together. Right now I use a tote and a short pipe and fill pails on the ground. Works great but it requires alot of syrup carrying.
    My neighbour has a 1" honey pump with a 5 Hp motor, and another neighbour has his hitched to an electric motor, battery run. Like suttonbeeman mentioned, they have relief valves.
    I was considering a pressurized tank, but they do not work so well when the syrup gets cold.
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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    We took a 150 gal propane tank and removed fill fitting and put in 2" ball valve. Hooked a hose to drain plug. I pump 100 gal sugar syrup into it with honey pump at home them pressurize to 60psi. Go to yards and feed with no motor running, nice and quite.

    Johnny
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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    Look for an oberdorfer gear pump. I use a 1/2" in and out with zero issues. The pump generally costs about 600 bucks.

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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    We use a honda WB 20 2 inch pump for syrup that is run at low rpms. Because it is a centrifugal pump run at low rpms we don't need a pressure relief system. This is used to transfer syrup and out in the field.

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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    Allen do you fill pails with that pump or open feeders?
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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    can you guys post some picture of ur setups?

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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    I will see if I can take a picture with my phone when I get home. I hook my pump to a 275 tote with a quick disconnect so it can be easily moved off the truck or hooked to a second tote in a matter of minutes. I think the engine is a 7hp job. Does a fine job. Because its a gear pump I had to hook up a pressure relief valve. Which consequently is almost wide open all the time and I hate having syrup blowing back into my face as I am filling feeders. I think I can fill a feeder in < 1 minute. I have not tried to see how many hives I can feed in a day, but 2 of my part timers can feed 200 colonies in around 2.5 hours including drive time.

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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    bace .. what kind of feeders are you feeling are they framed feeders

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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    If you are asking me, yes I use frame feeders. I do not believe in slop feeding.

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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    I use a 'trash' pump. with quick connect fittings so it can hook to a 3000 gallon tank or a tote in seconds. It was cheaper to set up than a separate gear pump/gas engine. I think the gear pump might be a more reliable set up in the long run (not sure), if one can find a good deal on a pump.

    I too am interested in brands and sizes folks use to pump syrup.

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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    Just got done filling frame feeders on a little over 400 hives in about 2 hours by myself. We use a gear pump and suck out of the top of totes.

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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    3/4" Teel gear pump, driven with a 5HP motor, 2" pulley on motor & a 4" on the pump.
    3/4" heavy duty hose with relief valve set at 40psi.
    Tank hoses are clear ag-chem lines with reinforced nylon braid from a 200 gallon tote.
    Fill valve is a 3/4" ball valve with a 4' 3/4" copper pipe.
    20 plus years old and never let's ya down!

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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    I have been using a Duro Max pump like this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...seller=&sr=8-7 I got mine for $199 with free shipping 5 years ago. It is a Honda knock-off. Mine starts on the first pull or two every time. I ran a 'T' off the outflow line and use it to recirculate and mix dry sugar. I use a 300 gallon tank and can mix very fast. I use a 100 foot 3/4 inch hose on a reel with a gas pump nozzle (Gemplers) and can fill a 2 gallon feeder in 40 seconds. Quick connects between pump and tank and pump and hose reel make for quick set-up and break-down. My biggest problem: twice I have driven off without reeling in the hose - drove several miles. Hose survived, nozzle was toast. Buy a Craftsman rubber hose - lifetime warranty - and they will replace with no problem. Send me a private e-maill address and I will send a photo of my set-up.

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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    Ian I mostly open feed but have used a similar step u to the one wglord describes.

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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    Got rid of the "trash pump" set up this year, switched over to a gear pump wouldn't go back to the trash pump set up again blow to many seals when syrup is cold and stiff. Have a 2" line coming from the tank into the gear pump (Roper) then coming out is reduced down to 1 inch. Have a 4 way coming out of pump- 1 line goes back to the tank as a return line (eliminates the need for a relief valve i have found) 2nd line goes to the hose and 3rd has a valve attached for easy pump cleaning with water. All three lines coming out of the pump have valves on. 3rd valve is always shut unless cleaning, the other 2 are adjusted depending on thickness of syrup and pressure being forced on hose.

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    Default Re: What kind of syrup pump used on a truck mounted feeder tank

    NoDak Beekeeper, what model Roper pump are you using?

    Bill
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