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Old 04-07-2015, 09:38 AM
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I took my wash down pump and combined it with my livewell with a Y valve so that I can run either or separately. The pump itself is pretty loud when I have it running the livewell fulltime. My question is, is this going to ruin the pump? Are wash down pumps not designed to run full time?

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Wash down pumps are high pressure low volume and most are not built to run for hours on end. Usually 20min or so is recommended. I have heard of people using these as livewell pumps with success but washdown pumps have filters which tend to jam easily and aren't as easy to clear.

Livewell pumps are low pressure high volume and built to run hours on end. Livewell pumps do have high failure rates but they clear easily and have cheap cartridges (around $20 on amazon) that are easily replaced. We carry an extra cartridge on the boat all the time. I wouldn't use a washdown pump for a livewell but I fish in grass flats and often silty water that tends to jam screen filters.
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Originally Posted by contender 27 View Post
I took my wash down pump and combined it with my livewell with a Y valve so that I can run either or separately. The pump itself is pretty loud when I have it running the livewell fulltime. My question is, is this going to ruin the pump? Are wash down pumps not designed to run full time?

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Since the sureflo deck pump I bought was advertised as continuous duty I did the same thing....it melted the input wires after about 6 hours. Easily fixed but also convinced me to get a dedicated live well pump.
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Two of the last three boats that I have owned have had surflo wash down pumps running the baitwell, that was on my privateer and now my regulator. My hewes had conventional baitwell pumps. Yes they are a little louder but they have always worked well without issue for me.
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I use it as a backup, if my dedicated pump breaks, but I believe it draws more amperage, and will drain your batteries faster.
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Thanks guys for all the advice! Any recommendations on a preferred baitwell pump? Jabsco, Rule?
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The SHURFLO Pro Baitmaster II Heavy-Duty Livewell and Washdown Pump does double duty. This HD model comes in north of 200 bucks, but if you can live with its specs and eliminate a second pump, it's worth a look. I've been using its predecessor pump for years with no problems and decent performance.
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Highly recommend the Baitmaster. Ran one for 7 years, 5-7 hours running at a time. Even it, though, has time limitations when used as a wash down (multiple activations in a short time period) ...

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