Hand Pumps

I have a hand pump that can pump YOUR well, really!  There are so many hand pumps to choose from and I want to make sure that you get the right one!  Look at the bottom of this page and you can help me size your system and give you some ball park prices!  If you give me your well depth, the case size and the level down to the standing water, then I can give you a cost on the hand pump system.  If you have a submersible pump, no problem.  I can fit in an 1 3/8″ pump on one inch pipe and inside 2″ casing.  Let me know if you need to pump the water “up” beyond the hand pump into a tank like this one.  Tell me if you want to attach the hand pump to a windmill now or in the future.  Hand pumps can even be attached to a jack pump.  A jack pump is run by a gas or electric motor and can do the “pumping” on the hand pump for you! .  I have about 20 in stock.

There are a number of hand pumps adapters too.  You can attach a garden hose to the hand pump or just hang a bucket from the spout.  The compression spout allows you to pump up a hill or you can even attach 1 ¼” pipe out the back of the hand pump and send the water anywhere on your property.  Some of the hand pumps stroke can be adjusted for different people.  If dad wants to pump and get more water, put the stroke on 10 inches.  When the grandkids come over, set the stroke at 5″ and they can do the pumping! PLEASE give me a situation and see if the hand pump will work for you!  If you purchase one from me, then I’ll tell you how to install it too!  I’ll make sure that you have all the right adapters, or I can send you just the hand pump.


There are a number of hand pumps on the market, but which is the right one for you?  Let’s take a look at some of the differences and the prices associated with the hand pump.windmillpump

  • Regular Hand Pumps-These are the hand pumps that need a lower piston pump inside the well to pull water, usually shallow wells under 40′.  The hand pump will be connected to a pump rod that goes through the pipe and is attached to a piston pump at the bottom.  Below the piston pump I always attach a foot valve.  This is a check valve with a screen around it to keep out the well particles.  The foot valve helps hold the prime. Once you get the water to the surface, you can pump into a bucket that attaches to the front open spout. These hand pumps cost $500.   The lower cylinder cost from $150 to $350.  You’ll need a foot valve too so you’ll spend about $700 and up, depending on the amount of pipe and rod in the well. These are NOT closed systems so I wouldn’t use them for drinking.

  • Windmill Hand Pumps-These are hand pumps that can be attached to the Windmill by way of a flat bar and to your wood rod.  It has a built in packing gland that makes it a sanitary system and allows you to pump extra elevation up to your storage tank.  If you don’t have the wind, disconnect the windmill and pump by hand.  You use the windmill cylinder inside the well so there’s no need for a second cylinder.  With this type hand pump, you can attach a jack pump with a gas or electric motor. This will allow you to  pump the lower cylinder by hand, wind, gas or electric motor.  These hand pumps go from $725-1000, depending on a couple factors.
    I can walk you through any situation.

***As a part of your hand pump system, you need the hand pump, lower cylinder, pipe, pump rod, a foot valve, threaded rod, the 5/8 to 7/16 adapter, a nipple, and the base flange.  The flange is a cast iron part that helps you install it and level it around the well.  They can be sanitary OR not, depending on if you’re drinking from the hand pump.  There is also the garden hose adapter which allows you to have someone pump and you can water the garden at the same time.

There are choices for a hand pumps…you need to ask yourself:

do you want an open spout to get water flow at the hand pump

do you want compression spout which pumps to the hand pump and extra elevation

do you ever want to attach it to a windmill

how deep is the well

what’s the water level down the well

do you want to pull water out of a river or a water source at ground level

do you want to use 1 ¼” plumbing

do you want 2″ plumbing to get more water

do you want to use the water for drinking or just for irrigation

Once you answer these questions, send me an e-mail:  [email protected]


If you have ANY questions PLEASE ask!   Call after 6:00 AM Pacific time…530-644-3008.

These hand pumps provide a practical solution providing much needed clean water. These are strong pumps that are capable of providing many years of heavy service with minimal maintenance. Hand pump are able to pump water from wells as high as 350 feet.  They  are threaded internally to accept 1-¼" or 2" standard steel drop pipe or PVC.  The pump rod adapter provided accepts either 7/16" or 5/8"  standard steel pump rod.

The pump handle has two positions for the fulcrum pin. Lifting ratios can be set at either 5 or 7.5 to 1.

All major parts are sturdy cast iron iron, which is resistant to rust and remain in good useful condition for many years. The only service needed is a change of the leather pump seals every 15 to 20 years, depending on water quality and amount of use. All these hand pumps are designed to use standard pump leathers.

My hand pumps are designed to be used with or without a windmill.  It is common for people to first purchase a hand pump and a year or two later to purchase a windmill, which greatly increases the amount of water available. The windmill can be easily erected directly over the hand pump and connected to it so that the hand pump can be used to pump water either manually or by wind power.