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Big Wheel Pump Strikes Out
"Revolutionary . . . fascinating . . . highly workable." That's what some observers were saying about the "Big Wheel Pump Jack", a new invention tested last year in Pecos County, Texas, and featured in a number of newspapers and farm magazines.
Although we knew about it, we were awaiting more solid evidence to back up the inventor's claims before featuring it in FARM SHOW.
Latest word is that the project has been abandoned. The huge unconventional pump it weighs about 45,000 lbs. and has a 16-ft. dia. wheel was designed to use counterweight to lift half the water load and thus drastically reduce pumping costs. Its inventor claimed the prototype was strong enough to pump water from 2,000 ft. at 1,000 gpm, and that it used less than 30 hp to pump more than 700 gpm from a 600 ft. well, cutting fuel costs from $6,000 a month (using a conventional turbine pump) to only $1,000 a month for the new "breakthrough" pump.
"Our experiment fell far short of what we'd hoped . . . claims made by the inventor could not be proved," reports one of the backers in announcing his group's decision to abandon the project.
All may not be lost, however. The testing group believes that the Big Wheel, because of its extremely strong mechanism, may in time be altered for use in oil fields to pump deep oil wells.

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #2