Here are some of the typical questions we get:
Q1. This sounds too complicated for us?
A1. We take all the complication out of the set-up for you. All the
dip-switches, jumpers, and programming are set by us inside the controller before the unit
is shipped. You do not need to do anything but turn the On-switch
"ON", and turn the dial. You should not have to open the controller
box for anything. We have even disabled the reverse switch inside the
Q2. What comes with the Money Saver Pump®?
A2. The Money Saver Pump® includes the motor, the controller, the
pump, 10 ft of wire from the power source to the controller, and 10 ft from
the controller to the motor. We also include 2-2" unions that screw into
the pump with 2" slip-fittings for your pipe. The 1 HP unit includes a
115 VAC plug with ground.
Q3. What if we need longer wires?
A3. Longer wires are available at an additional charge of $1/ft.
Q4. What size pump should we get?
A4. If your pond is under 5,000 gallons use the 0 - 1 HP Money Saver
Pump®; if it is over 5,000 gallons use the 0 - 3 HP Money Saver
Pump®; unless you pump head is unusually high then see
Pump Head, and tell us what your system design is.
|0 - 5,000 gallons
||0 - 1 HP
||115 or 230 VAC
|over 5,000 gallons
||0 - 3 HP
Q5. Can I add the controller later?
A5. No. The motor must be specially made to work well with the controller.
We use a super high-efficiency industrial grade 230 volt, 3-phase motor. These
motors will not run off of standard household 115 or 230 VAC single-phase current, but must have the
solid-state electronic controller to convert the 115 volt AC single-phase to
the 230 volt AC 3-phase current.
Q6. Are the motors weather-proof?
A6. Yes, all the motors are TEFC, which means Totally-Enclosed, Fan-Cooled.
They are weather-proof, but must not be submerged in water.
Q7. Will the motors overheat?
A7. The motors are TEFC. There is a fan attached to the rear of the motor
shaft, under the rear cowling. The fan is designed to continuously cool the
motor at any speed. With pumps the load decreases with the dial setting, which
further reduces the chance for overheating.
Q8. Are the controllers weather-proof?
A8. Some of the 1 HP controller are in a NEMA 4X - IPX cast aluminum housing with a
gasket. It is weather-proof when installed in a vertical position. Others are in a NEMA 1 housing, and are not weather-proof.
They need to be placed in a weather-proof housing like a junction box or pump
The 3 HP controller is in a NEMA 1 housing, and is not weather-proof. It
needs to be placed in a weather-proof housing like a junction box.
Q9. We live on a Caribbean island where the electricity is 50 cycles. Will
the Money Saver Pump® work for us?
A9. Yes, just tell us when you order it, and we will set the controller to
operate at 50 cycles instead of 60 cycles.
Q10. My neighbor tells me everyone uses a 1/4 HP pump for ponds, so that's
what I should use.
A10. This is a frequent suggestion from "experts" that know
nothing about your system's requirements or pump head. There are a lot of 1/4
HP pumps in garages because they were not powerful enough to run the ponds
they were purchased for.
This is one of the benefits of the Money Saver Pump® because it is
adjustable to the horsepower your pond requires. You can fine tune it exactly
where you want it.
We will use our computer programs to calculate you pond's pump head, which
will allow you to zero in on which Money Saver Pump® you need. Just
Another factor is since we started focusing on the amperage used, many
manufacturers' of less efficient pumps have now dropped amperage totally, and
only report wattage. To make comparisons even worse some of them are using the
motor's "Power Factor" to lower the wattage, which gives an
artificially low wattage, i.e., Volts x Amps x Power Factor. In general the
cheaper motors have lower Power Factors, which allows them to report an
artificially low "wattage". So for instance, a 115 volt motor that
draws 4 amps would be 460 watts, however, with a Power Factor of 0.8 many
manufacturers will report the wattage as 460 x 0.8 = 368 'watts'. So they
report 368 watts for a 115 volt motor that really draws 4 amps.