IN a radical departure from the normal configuration of Aussie Pump bare shaft or motor pumps, Australian Pump Industries has released a new two inch version of its self-priming marine pump, close coupled to an electric centrifugal clutch.
This radical design move means the pumps can now be belt driven off the engine or gearbox, but controlled electrically from the bridge.
The Aussie GMP 2" pump, called model B2KQ-A is able to run at speeds up to 3600rpm and produce flows of 650 litres a minute, that's 39,000 litres per hour. The pump has excellent performance characteristics producing heads up to 28m.
Like all Aussie GMP marine pumps, the B2KQ-A will self prime from depths of as low as 6.6 metres. A bolt on suction flange means the check valve can be easily serviced. A bonus is that the pump internals can be easily cleaned out without dismantling the complete pump assembly.
The shaft is 316 grade stainless steel and all fasteners, plugs, etc. are stainless steel construction.
The new centrifugal clutch version means the pump now readily adapts to any diesel drive fishing boat, work boat, ferry or large cruiser without relying on auxiliary power from a generator set. The centrifugal clutch is available in either 12V or 24V configuration.