pro's & cons of flow controllers

Discussion in 'Water Fed Pole Cleaning' started by simon, Mar 31, 2012.

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  1. simon

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    im thinking of getting a pump etc & i was talking to a lad who supplies pumps & he seems to think i'd be ok without a flow controller as the pump has a pressure switch.
    at the moment i only use a backpack & i only ever use the 1 speed so i've no experience of it

    what are peoples opinions please
     
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  2. Hinty

    Hinty Well-Known Member
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    Get one - will save you loads of water, and make the battery last much longer.

    If thinking of using Aqua-dapter, then get one from their site, as some "test" every 3 seconds to see if they should cut in again - and it can be a pain waiting.

    If looking for a cheap DIY solution - you could fit one of these in your backpack & will work well - but not if using a pump that pulls more than 5 amps:

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/panel-mounted-speed-regulator-module-30310
     
  3. AS Window Cleaning

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    go flow controller. can disconnect ,pressure switch on pump, and easily control flow and pressure. also should save water, and probably battery juice.
     
  4. badbusdriver

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    There are no 'cons' with a flow controller, its all good, get one!.
     
  5. simon

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    lol well no different opinions there then
    cheers all
     
  6. ALPINEYORKS

    ALPINEYORKS Active Member
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    my view is you do save water but, its something else to break and replace and its a pain to set up properly the de detection part anyhow.

    i would get one but go for a recommended one most guys i know buy them from purefreedom
     
  7. chip

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    i don't have one and barely use 200 litres per 6 hours. my pumps fitted with a by pass so if i have it on high pressure, when the water flow is cut, the pump does, hence saving the battery, but must admit mines usually set to low for it to cut in. so not essential i don't think, so would'nt go into debt for one
     
  8. badbusdriver

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    Dont understand that statement about the bypass chip?, surely the pump will cut out anyway when the water is turned off?.

    When i 1st started, i didnt have a pump controller and used to go through as much as 800l in a day!. Now i've seen the light(!), and can get away with a 500l tank, and what's more, i'm still the original pump (in case anyone has any concerns about the life of the pump when using a controller), thats 3 years in june (just under a year without controller, 2 years with controller). The pump controller i have was from cleaning spot, and has a dial (not digital), and was a piece of cake to set up!.
     
  9. mark m

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    as above there is no cons with a controller
     
  10. simon

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    just had a thought !!!!!!!!!! if i just put a tap on my pole hose will that not do the same job?????????
     
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