Top 5 Criteria for Selecting a 55-Gallon Drum Pump

Top 5 Criteria for Selecting a 55-Gallon Drum Pump

A 55-gallon drum pump is ideal for transferring harsh substances from IBCs, tanks, barrels, and drums. These pumps enhance convenience and safety and can improve the efficiency and accuracy of transfers. But not every drum pump is perfect for every application.

It is crucial to select the best drum pump for each job. This will maximize efficiency and minimize risk for chemical applications. Five criteria top the list of considerations.

1. Materials of Construction

What chemicals are involved in your application? For harsh substances, you’ll need a heavy-duty 55-gallon drum pump constructed of materials that are designed for these settings. If a pump made from inferior improper materials is used, the pump may suffer damage, leaks may develop, or hazardous chemical leaks or spills may occur.

Fortunately, it is simple to avoid these scenarios by choosing an appropriate 55-gallon drum pump for the application. For safe, effective transfers, review the following materials of construction for drum pumps in light of the application.

  • Polypropylene/stainless steel: The combination of polypropylene construction with a 316 stainless steel shaft is great for mildly corrosive fluids.
  • Polypropylene/alloy: A 55-gallon drum pump featuring polypropylene construction with an Alloy 625 shaft is built for corrosive fluids such as acids and bases.
  • PVDF/alloy: For highly corrosive fluids like sodium hypochlorite and concentrated acids, look for a 55-gallon drum pump with PVDF construction and an Alloy 625 shaft.
  • Stainless steel: If your application involves flammable or mildly corrosive fluids, choose a highly durable metallic construction featuring both a 316 stainless steel tube and shaft.

2. Head and Flow Requirements

Consider the goals of your application. Do you need to achieve a specific number of gallons per minute during transfers? What distance does the substance you are transferring need to travel? What configuration or other logistical concerns should be considered?

Each of these factors will help determine the head and flow requirements of your application. Use these to select the best 55-gallon drum pump to meet your needs. For example, certain pumps offer a double suction impeller that provides both high flow rates and high discharge pressure. Others offer impeller options that produce either high flow or high head. See the pump descriptions at the end of this article for specific models to meet your needs.

3. Specific Gravity and Viscosity

As you select a 55-gallon drum pump, look carefully at the specific gravity and viscosity ratings of the fluids you need to transfer. Not all pumps are built to handle high viscosity fluids. If you need to pump products such as oils, resins, soaps, or lotions, these will require specialized pumps that are designed for such applications. Check the pump manufacturer’s specification to be certain they can handle the fluid you need to pump.

4. Fluid Temperatures

Pumps have temperature limits. The tubes of 55-gallon drum pumps are designed to withstand certain levels of heat, based on their construction materials. As you select a pump for an application, always consider the maximum temperature of any fluids that will be transferred by the pump. Then, always check the manufacturer’s max-temp specifications to ensure an appropriate pump is selected.

5. Motor Preferences

A single 55-gallon drum pump may be compatible with several motor styles. To choose the best motor option, consider the environment of your application. Keep the following factors in mind.

  • Location: For hazardous locations, you may need an air, or explosion-proof electric, motor style.
  • Power: Will you want to power your 55-gallon drum pump with battery, air, or corded electric? Verify that the type of power source you desire is available where you will be operating the pump.
  • Compatibility: Once you determine the required specifications for the motor, confirm that any 55-gallon drum pump you are considering for your application is compatible with that type of motor.

Finish Thompson Offers a Complete Line of 55-Gallon Drum Pumps

Use the links below to discover the 55-gallon drum pump offering from Finish Thompson. The complete Finish Thompson product line is designed to provide you a well-suited pumping solution for virtually any application.

PF Series Chemical Drum Pump

  • High performance applications
  • Sealless design
  • Unique double suction impeller for high flow and high head
  • FDA-compliant options
Finish Thompson PF Series Pump

SF Series Chemical Drum Pump

  • High performance applications
  • Sealless design
  • Dual impeller provides high flow or high head options
  • 40 mm (1.6”) diameter tube for smaller drum openings
Finish Thompson SF Series Pump

EF Series Chemical Drum Pump

  • Medium performance applications
  • Sealless design
  • Lightweight and economical
  • Ideal replacement for hand-operated pumps
Finish Thompson EF Chemical Drum Pump

BT Series Chemical Drum Pump

  • High viscosity applications
  • Up to 15,000 cP
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Sealed design
Finish Thompson BT Chemical Drum Pump

HVDP Chemical Drum Pump

  • High viscosity applications
  • Progressive cavity design for up to 100,000 cP
  • Unique camlock feature for quick disassembly
  • FDA-compliant options
Finish Thompson HVDP Chemical Drum Pump

About Finish Thompson

Finish Thompson Inc. designs and manufactures pumps for the safe transfer of a wide variety of corrosive liquids. Products include centrifugal sealless magnetic drive pumps with run-dry capability, mechanically sealed pumps, drum and barrel pumps, vertical mag-drive pumps, multi-stage pumps, and the FTI Air line of air operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps. For durable solutions for your applications, contact Finish Thompson Inc.