Posted 4 years ago
Here's a Canadian made electric piston water pump, model #242, manufactured by the Dominion Appliance Company in Fergus, Ontario. It's belt-driven by a top-mounted General Electric model #11F3DX, Type KH, 1/4 HP, 1725 RPM electric motor. The pressure switch is a Pumptrol Class 9044 made by the Square D Company in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. All the components appear to be original, or at least of similar age.
For me it's a work of art and I had to have it, functioning or not, for a mere $20 at a yard sale. It was fully operational and runs as quiet as an old treadle sewing machine with a pleasant thumpa-thumpa sound! The seller said the dual pistons were throwing oil and needed new seals, but otherwise everything else was okay.
I plan to take it all apart to clean it and remove the red paint, which somebody had slopped on at some point, and I don't think is the original colour; then I'll repaint it a British racing green with black and copper accents and pinstripes. I'll replace the oil seals and put it back into use as a water cistern transfer pump on my property.
It measures approximately 19" wide x 8" deep x 20" high. The flywheel is 13.5" in diameter. It's very heavy! I haven't been able to find photos of this pump online, nor any information regarding dates and such. Would love to find a user maintenance manual if anybody on the odd chance happens to have one.