Lifting 5gal cans of diesel fuel a problem

robert2601

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I am looking for advise on fuel transfer pumps. It is becoming difficult for me to lift 5 gal cans to fill my tractor (B2601) I would like one with a discharge hose long enough to reach from ground to fill cap on hood. I use about 10-15 gal a month so I do not want to get 55 gal drums and just looking for something to help me fuel the tractor without the heavy lifting.
 

rc51stierhoff

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I have a Tera transfer pump (orange and grey ok to use for diesel). There is not much too it (I suspect if you ever drive over or something it’s a one and done) It works great…I have had for several years now and no issue. For that much fuel per month though I might think about something in between an electric wand and the 55gallon drum. Maybe take a look at some the fuel caddies (plastic or steel to fit your wallet). HMC makes a couple of very nice steel caddies and made in USA if that matters. The HMC I have is very well built with very well made parts(it’s great…great welds and great paint and parts… and I would buy again - not cheap - but worth it to me). The Tera I have works fine for what it is…is small and portable and works right out of whatever you put fuel in at gas station. On the caddie though there is an extra step…you transfer into it and out…extra step, but it is very quick.
 

LarryBud

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I'm still lifting 5 gallon jugs ( did it yesterday ) but can see those days coming to an end as soon as I get get time for a workaround.

I know some have suggested a pump that's driven by an electric drill.


Here's one from home depot for $14. At 750 GPH it should make quick work of a fill.
 

Tx Jim

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Here's one I found on internet. I have no personal experience with this type.

I have a "D" cell battery operated pump but due to hose being "too short" still have to lift can but not hold in pouring position.
 

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I am looking for advise on fuel transfer pumps. It is becoming difficult for me to lift 5 gal cans to fill my tractor (B2601) I would like one with a discharge hose long enough to reach from ground to fill cap on hood. I use about 10-15 gal a month so I do not want to get 55 gal drums and just looking for something to help me fuel the tractor without the heavy lifting.
I use this to suck old gas out of motorcycles and generator.
 

jyoutz

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I saw a post somewhere that I thought to be the ultimate solution. They had a small trailer with a 40 gallon transfer tank and pump mounted. They just pulled the trailer to fill the tank, park the trailer, and drive the tractor to the mobile filling station.
 
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lynnmor

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This Tera Pump works fine for me. I do need to lift the 5 gallon can and place it on the tractor floorboard, but that is an easy lift.
 
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robert2601

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I have a Tera transfer pump (orange and grey ok to use for diesel). There is not much too it (I suspect if you ever drive over or something it’s a one and done) It works great…I have had for several years now and no issue. For that much fuel per month though I might think about something in between an electric wand and the 55gallon drum. Maybe take a look at some the fuel caddies (plastic or steel to fit your wallet). HMC makes a couple of very nice steel caddies and made in USA if that matters. The HMC I have is very well built with very well made parts(it’s great…great welds and great paint and parts… and I would buy again - not cheap - but worth it to me). The Tera I have works fine for what it is…is small and portable and works right out of whatever you put fuel in at gas station. On the caddie though there is an extra step…you transfer into it and out…extra step, but it is very quick.
I have been looking at terap03 mainly because it has an 8' discharge hose but one reviewer claims it will not pump up {from floor} to his tank fill .
 

lynnmor

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I have been looking at terap03 mainly because it has an 8' discharge hose but one reviewer claims it will not pump up {from floor} to his tank fill .
The higher the lift, the slower it pumps, see my other post.

The automatic shutoff keeps you from crawling up on the tractor to watch the fuel level.
 

robert2601

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I saw a post somewhere that I thought to be the ultimate solution. They had a small trailer with a 40 gallon transfer tank and pump mounted. They just pulled the trailer to fill the tank, park the trailer, and drive the tractor to the mobile filling station.
That might be an overkill for me but I am sure it would work fine
 

Edke6bnl

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I use this to suck old gas out of motorcycles and generator.
I have an extra fuel lift pump from my Dodge that I might put to use, I have the big fuel transfer pump but it is to much to drag around.
 

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Here's one I found on internet. I have no personal experience with this type.

I have a "D" cell battery operated pump but due to hose being "too short" still have to lift can but not hold in pouring position.
I have an ancient version of one of those that is very good, even though I had to do some repairs over the years (replace the inlet hose, repaired the outlet nozzle with JB Weld) but for the most part still works. However, I bought the new version some years back and it was junk. The safety catch for the pump trigger had a very stiff spring and it would take two hands on the handle to hold the catch and pump. On top of that, there was almost no flow (unlike the original pump) and it eventually quit. Somehow I managed to get my money back from Amazon.
The Tera pump did not work for me either. It started leaking at the collar adapter for the neck of the fuel can and eventually it leaked more than it pumped within three months, too late to return it .
These days I am getting by with this, if it does not work right off the bat, it can not be returned but they have a toll free number that tells you how to get a refund. The hose is kind of short but for the BX works well by setting the can on the floor and pumping from there. When it craps out after a few years I get another one.

 
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SDT

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I am looking for advise on fuel transfer pumps. It is becoming difficult for me to lift 5 gal cans to fill my tractor (B2601) I would like one with a discharge hose long enough to reach from ground to fill cap on hood. I use about 10-15 gal a month so I do not want to get 55 gal drums and just looking for something to help me fuel the tractor without the heavy lifting.
I've considered transfer pumps but have avoided such for a multitude of reasons.

Currently, I use a 2 Qt galvanized Plews spout can to refill my B1750 and B3350 and a NAPA 2 gallon plastic spout can originally intended to fill radiators in the day of full service gas stations to fill the M9960. Not ideal but both work and it's easy to avoid spills.
 

RalphVa

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I'm doing 2 gallons at a time, approximately every 5 hours. Just sit it beside the treadle pedal and insert the Tera pump and poke it into the fuel tank inlet. It auto shuts off if the tank will not take all the 2 gallons.
 

steveh

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I don't struggle with the full 5-gal cans anymore, standing up on the tractor trying to keep the can balanced and not running fuel across the hood. Couple years ago, neighbor moved out and gave me two new diesel 5-gal cans. Now I have five. So, I just fill them to 3 gallons instead of 5. Yes, I have to store five cans, but that is fifteen gallons. Plenty. Just don't fill the cans to the top!
 
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MINICUP28

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I'VE HAD THIS 30 GAL. GAS CADDY FOR A FEW YEARS, WORKS GREAT. MANY AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.
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torch

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The Tera pump is great -- just don't leave it unattended. I have had it fail to shut off when pumping diesel (always works with gasoline though). That Harbour Freight unit looks to be the same as one sold by Canadian Tire -- garbage, lasted less than a month. The Flow-n-Go is also sold by Canadian Tire and is an even bigger piece of junk -- works by gravity and starts leaking soon after being put into use.

That gas caddy looks pretty slick though.
 

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fried1765

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I am looking for advise on fuel transfer pumps. It is becoming difficult for me to lift 5 gal cans to fill my tractor (B2601) I would like one with a discharge hose long enough to reach from ground to fill cap on hood. I use about 10-15 gal a month so I do not want to get 55 gal drums and just looking for something to help me fuel the tractor without the heavy lifting.
The simple way is to get an extra can or two.
Put 3-1/2 to 4 gal. in each one.
Won't tip over, or slobber on the way home either.
 
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