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Centrifugal pumps transport liquids by using pressure. Because they are relatively uncompressible, the liquids are not condensed or pressurized; instead they are imparted with centrifugal force, the force that causes substances to move away from their center of rotation. Read More…

12 Volt Pumps A 12 volt pump uses centrifugal force to increase the pressure of a liquid by converting mechanical energy into rotational kinetic energy.
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Nesquehoning, PA  |  570-645-3779

Hydra-Tech can help handle your most difficult jobs and its centrifugal pumps are able to handle high viscosity liquids like refinery waste, molasses, latex & crude oil. Hydra-Tech can make standard pumps as well as custom design them to fit your needs and offers the widest variety of models in a variety of materials. Hydra-Tech is CE Certified and can help find or design the right pump for you.

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Hydra-Tech Pumps, Inc. $$$

Indianapolis, IN  |  317-925-9661

Durability, high-efficiency and the good NPSH of our products has made us one of the largest centrifugal vertical pump manufacturers in the industry. Some of our other products include sump pumps, horizontal end suction pumps, vertical turbine products, fire pumps and pumping system controllers.

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Peerless Pump, Inc. $$$

Hillside, NJ  |  908-688-4216

Trendsetters in the thermoplastic centrifugal pump industry, Vanton Pump & Equipment makes quality pumps. We make the Sump-Gard® vertical centrifugal pumps, Chem-Gard® chemical and self-priming centrifugal pumps, Flex-i-Liner® sealless pumps plus tank and pump systems.

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Vanton Pump & Equipment Corp. $$$

Newmarket, ON  |  888-334-3348

Albany Pump Co. has been a family owned and operated business since 1906. Manufacturing gear pumps, hydrostatic test pumps, centrifugal pumps, boiler feed and condensate packages. We also distribute a variety of pumps to meet a wide range of requirements.

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Albany Pump Company Ltd. $$$

Marietta, GA  |  877-952-7903

Dickow Pump Company has produced pumps for over 75 years. Our pumps work steadily and dependably in all corners of the globe. Factory trained specialists provide excellent customer service to compliment the superior centrifugal, multistage, water, bellows, chemical pumps and others available at Dickow. Engineers are on hand to help you select the best pump for your most challenging application.

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Dickow Pump Company, Inc. $$$
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12 volt pumps are constructed out of aluminum, cast iron or stainless steel though some models have plastic housings. Because of the low amount of power these pumps use (less than one horsepower), the output is much lower than that of general purpose, industrial or commercial grade pumps. They are frequently small and compact enough to be portable and consequently are used for temporary jobs. 12 volt pumps are found on personal watercraft for water bailing purposes in case of emergency.

They are also used for camp or outdoor showers, watering gardens and pumping out a flooded basement. There are three main kinds of centrifugal pump usages: chemical, water and trash. Because of their size and energy, 12 volt pumps are generally not designed to pump the solids and debris usually found in waste water. Depending on the construction, however, some 12 volt pumps may be used to transfer small batches of liquid chemicals.

Centrifugal pumps are basic machines with few parts. The central component is an impeller which is very similar to a propeller except that the blades are not as sharp and they create suction instead of propulsion. The impeller is kept in a volute, or casing, and is mounted on a rotating shaft that connects to the motor.

As mechanical energy powers the shaft, the impeller turns as well, its vanes imparting kinetic energy to the fluid which follows the expanding volute to the discharge opening. Though the speed of the liquid is reduced, the pressure increases; 12 volt pumps can transport up to 10 gallons per minute. The maximum lift is about 30 feet with small or miniature pumps offering around 5 feet of lift. The pump diameter for a 12 volt centrifugal pump is often just a few inches.

Miniature 12 volt pumps are handheld and can be dropped into a well hole or river to lift water. Some models are submersible while others are able to run dry. Accessories are available to suit the demand and include removable strainers, hose barb connections and anti-clog measures. Many of these pumps need to be primed before they are used to expel air and allow water to be drawn in by the suction.