Hand Rope pumps
The "down the hole" part of a Rope pump consists of a guide box,
PVC tubes and a rope with pistons. Model A has an upper part which consists of a wheel, a handle, and a
structure or frame to support the handle. Model P has a handle which is mounted on poles. Materials used are angle iron, tubes and round bar. "User made" Rope pumps are often made of wood. The
A model has two options:
||AH for hand dug wells
||AB for boreholes
|Specifications Pump capacities:|
|10 m. head
35 m. head
60 m. head (double handle)
as installed by the Humana organisation, India
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Handle supported by poles of wood or metal.
Cost US$ 15-50 . (depending material and labour cost)
(More information models P **)
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Advantages of model P over model A:
Disadvantages of model P over model A:
- Easy installation on existing wells. If a pulley and bucket was used, the same poles can be used to mount the handle.
- Fits on any size of well.
- Easy to combine with a low cost well cover (made in 2 parts to allow access to well).
- Less material, less corrosion, cheaper.
- Easy to mount a second handle (for deep wells) or make it pedal or motor driven.
- Easy transport, less voluminous.
- Discharge can be at 1 to 1.5 meter above ground level so useful for irrigation (see Low-cost irrigation).
- Less attractive as a compact "off the shelve" product.
- Has to be combined with a well cover or other support to fix the discharge tubing.
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