Pumps by Type

Pumps by Type


The more data you can identify, the more quickly and precisely an appropriate pump can be specified.

  1. Maximum flow required (GPM).
  2. Maximum pressure required (see TDH).
  3. Description of the proposed piping installation (pipe diameter, height to which liquid will be pumped, number of fittings, total piping length).
  4. Type of liquid being pumped (water, acid, slurry, etc).
  5. Mounting/installation requirements.
  6. Voltage, hertz, and phase.


Superflo® Centrifugal Pumps
Centrifugal pumps operate at relatively low pressure. They will pass abrasives and bits of solid material without binding or appreciable wear and require minimal maintenance. Pump discharge can be restricted without damage to pump or motor. Viscosity range up to 500 SSU.

Gear Pumps
Ideal for applications where consistently high pressure is required to feed lubricants, drawing compounds, heavy viscosity oils and other fluids which are free of abrasives and scale. Viscosity range up to 5,000 SSU.

Diaphragm Pumps
Air powered, they deliver variable flow rates up to 40 GPM. Can be used for pumping a wide variety of fluids up to 10,000 CPS.

High Pressure, Multi-Stage Pumps
Designed to meet delivery requirements where high pressure is needed.


TDH is the total resistance against which the pump is working. This resistance is comprised of three general factors: Dynamic Head, Static Head, and Velocity Head.

  1. Dynamic Head is the flow resistance created by friction in piping, valves, fittings and by liquid viscosity*. To derive maximum flow from a pump, use the largest piping possible and minimize any restrictive components such as 90 degree elbows, reducers or valves.
  2. Static Head is the height to which the liquid must be raised. Note: When using the Flow Charts in the pump section, both Dynamic Head and Static Head must be included in estimating the TDH against which the pump will operate.
  3. Velocity Head is the pressure required to accelerate the liquid to its flow velocity. This is usually a negligible factor of TDH and can be disregarded unless piping is smaller than the pump discharge and/or flow velocities are greater than 15 feet per second.

* The thicker the viscosity of a liquid, the more resistance it has to flow. Most pump viscosities throughout this catalog are stated in SSUs (Saybolt’s Second Universal). 70°F water = 31 SSU. Light hydraulic oil = 350 SSU. #10 oil = 500 SSU. When using Pump flow charts, be sure to note the designated fluid viscosity.


Pump curves throughout the pump section are based on (TDH) feet of water pressure. Here are the formulas to convert head feet and pounds per square inch (PSI).

Head feet = PSI x 2.31 ÷ Specific Gravity

PSI = Head feet x Specific Gravity ÷ 2.31

(Specific gravity of water = 1)

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