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How to use drill pumps

Updated February 21, 2017

A drill pump is used to pump nonflammable fluids. The drill pump has no internal motor to drive the impeller; instead, you use a standard hand drill to move the fluids. The power from the drill motor moves the impeller, which pulls the fluid through an inlet hose and ejects the fluid out of the other side of the housing through the outlet line. A drill pump does not have the power of a standard pump and therefore cannot move large amounts of fluids over long distances.

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  1. Put on your safety glasses.

  2. Insert the 1/4-inch impeller shaft into the chuck of the drill motor. Lock the chuck to secure the impeller shaft to the drill.

  3. Attach the hoses to the standard 3/4-inch male garden hose fittings on either side of the drill pump. If you are draining oil or removing nonflammable fluid from a tank with a small opening, attach the small-diameter hose to the intake side of the drill pump.

  4. Place the hose attached to the intake side of the drill pump into the nonflammable fluid that you need to pump.

  5. Extend the outlet hose of the drill pump to another container, or outside if you are pumping straight water.

  6. Flip the switch on the drill motor to forward and depress the trigger of the drill to start pumping the nonflammable fluid with the drill pump.

  7. Make sure that the inlet hose remains in fluid the entire time that you are using the drill pump to avoid water from entering the pump housing.

  8. Thoroughly clean the drill pump after each use; run a manufacturer-approved cleaner through the drill pump after pumping oil or toxic fluids.

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Things You'll Need

  • Safety glasses
  • Drill pump
  • 3/8-inch drill motor
  • Manufacturer approved cleaner


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