The Drip Well System
Why Irrigators and pump companies should consider using a “Drip-Well” system on their lubed turbine pumps
1. Inadequate drip oiling is the leading cause of turbine irrigation pump failure. All pump companies will tell you that it is absolutely essential that the bearings in your pump get plenty of oil during operation.
2. Continuous dripping (when your pump is not in operation) wastes oil and causes water contamination. Excess oil dripped when your pump is not running will rise to the top of the water table and float in the well casing. Many wells have from three to five feet of oil floating on the water and it has been reported that occasionally pump repairmen will find as much as 30-40feet of oil in the casing! This not only causes water contamination but also causes perforation build-up.
3. Automatic operation assures bearing lubrication whenever the well is pumping. The Drip-Well valve is often perceived as an automatic shut-off. But the truth is that Drip-Well is a complete oiling system, which is primarily about lubricating pumps reliably and efficiently. It not only shuts down your oil drip when the pump shuts down but more importantly, it starts dripping when the pump starts up whether the operator is there or even if he should forget to manually check it.
4. Eliminates unnecessary trips through the mud due to automatic pivot operation load control or lightning shutdown. Radio activated control panels, automatic restarts, phone controls, as well as electric company load controls have forced today’s irrigator to look for new and modern innovations to solve old problems. Drip-Well addresses these challenges with reliable, economical, non-electric automatic oiling system. Savings are quickly noticed in vehicle repair, time allocated to checking wells, and of course, oil.
5. Drip-Well is safe, inexpensive and easy to install. Complete instructions and plumbing supplies are included with each system. It installs quickly and easily at the same location as the original small oil tank.
6. Non-Electric. The Drip-Well system and valve are activated by water pressure. Ten PSI or more is all that is required for operation. The automatic valve is in most cases more economical to purchase than it is to wire your pump for the 480-volt electricity required to operate an electric solenoid. Also, it is good to take note that when an electric solenoid fails it closes.
7. Manual Mode for pre-season lubrication. Manual mode allows you to by-pass the automatic valve to lubricate after lengthy shutdowns or to adjust and check your drip rate without starting the pump.
8. Large Oil Reservoir. The Drip-Well System comes in three sizes. These are 4, 7 and 11 gallon UV rated oil compatible poly tanks, which bolt directly to pump base. The standard equipment oil reservoir is a small metal container holding only enough for a few days. The biggest negative is that these draw their oil from the bottom of the tank where rust and condensation accumulate to plug the needle valve. Drip-Well addresses these problems by providing a poly tank large enough in most cases to last the irrigation season. More importantly, Drip-Well does not take oil from the bottom but from interior of the tank. Condensation settles away into a sediment bowl where it is harmless until drained.
9. Availability. The patented pressure-activated automatic valve is available directly from L&M Mfg., Inc or can be purchased from dealers across the country. This valve has been tested successfully for 17 years and has been marketed across the United States to a diverse group of water users.
***Complete “DRIP-Well” Systems come with Automatic Valve, Poly Tank, Removable Pump-mount Bracket, Brass needle Valve, all necessary hoses and fittings for easy installation.
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