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    Default Re: What is the best generator for our needs?

    Quote Originally Posted by jenkinsph View Post
    catdiva6,
    I am curious what this well is for, is this an irrigation well or something similar? I ask because if the well is only 85 ft deep and uses a 3 hp motor then it must have a very high flow rating. Most residential wells with an 85' depth could get by easily with a 1/2 to 3/4 hp submersible pump.
    I'm down to 350 ft with a 1/2 hp pump. No problems in 20 years with this set up. Of course, I just haunted myself. Might as well call the well guy now for a new pump.

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    Default Re: What is the best generator for our needs?

    The company who installed your well may know the pump horse power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arrow View Post
    I'm down to 350 ft with a 1/2 hp pump. No problems in 20 years with this set up. Of course, I just haunted myself. Might as well call the well guy now for a new pump.
    do you have any idea how deep the surface of the water is normaly at? I ask because a 350 well would normally call for a 1hp or at bare minimum 3/4hp. Do you know if that 1/2hp is coupled to a special low volume water pump?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkBlack View Post
    do you have any idea how deep the surface of the water is normaly at? I ask because a 350 well would normally call for a 1hp or at bare minimum 3/4hp. Do you know if that 1/2hp is coupled to a special low volume water pump?
    Ours 1hp sits at 350 ish feet.

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    Default Re: What is the best generator for our needs?

    Quote Originally Posted by cqaigy2 View Post
    Ours 1hp sits at 350 ish feet.
    Our 1.5 HP sits at 365' with a 410' well bottom - static is 80' and with pumping and irrigation it drops to 250' static level or maybe 300' or lower.

    So Arrow must have a very good performing well to keep the static water level at 100' or so with a 1/2HP pump.

    This is unusual but my sister's 150' well in PA is an aquifer type (water flows out the top in spring and fall) and in the summer I doubt the static level is below 50'.

    I agree, the OP has a larger pump than needed or she maybe does have a smaller pump and larger pump control box.

    Not sure until amperage readings are taken.. you can find a decent Amprobe on ebay for $10-25 range the old analog meter type would solve this puzzle.
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    Default Re: What is the best generator for our needs?

    I asked Generace how long the surge was rated for and they said 3 seconds.
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    Default Re: What is the best generator for our needs?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobRip View Post
    I asked Generace how long the surge was rated for and they said 3 seconds.
    If you had the equipment to test it that would be an interesting thread on it's own!

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    Default Re: What is the best generator for our needs?

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkBlack View Post
    If you had the equipment to test it that would be an interesting thread on it's own!
    At least we have some idea.
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    Default Re: What is the best generator for our needs?

    Okay, so I will see if I can find out the hp before I go any further. Pretty sure it's 80' deep, thinking pump at 50' and static water at 35'. Sounds like it shouldn't be over 1hp... a trip to Sears is in order. Thanks!

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