The Arnold Siphon Pump is the perfect tool to drain the oil and gas in your outdoor power equipment. In a few quick and easy steps, you can prepare your equipment for off season storage, or just transfer gas from one machine to another. Once you're finished, dissemble the pump for easy cleaning.
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52%of customersrecommend this product30 of 58reviews
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52%of customersrecommend this product30 of 58reviews
Having read the reviews before I shopped, I was aware of the kinked hoses sold with this item. However, clear plastic hose (3/8" interior, 1/2" exterior diameter) is available on the plumbing aisle -- a perfect, tight fit for all couplings! A six-foot length (that can be cut to suit at home) is $4.00 -- for a total of $16. Ace sells an identical pump with un-kinked hoses for $45 -- so use a little common sense, do the math, and buy the pump kit here, with the hoses separately, and you'll save two-thirds!
i'm using the device out on my terrace, to remove rainwater from the pans beneath potted plants (to prevent root rot). As others have noted, even with the new hose, the pump is a bit cumbersome to operate (two handed) while keeping the intake hose fully submerged. That said, it does the job, and the price is right!
Pros: Good Size & Weight, excellent value, stunningly improved with a la carte hose
If you follow the instructions you shouldn't have any trouble with this pump. Make sure you spray lubricant ( I used vegetable cooking spray ) into the intake tube (the top tube) and move the pump handle up & down several times, and repeat. Next assemble the pump as instructed ( will vary on your use.....) place top hose into liquid to be pumped and point bottom hose where liquid is to go...when finished clean unit by pumping soapy water through it !! When finished dry everything and re-prime pump with vegetable oil. I believe a lot of these negative reviews are from operator error....you got to be smarter than the equipment you operate !!!
Pros: Easy to Use, Durable, Light Weight, Long-Lasting
This pump is actually a good idea and should have been very useful. But the hoses are a hopelessly stiff plastic. In the package, they come folded up into a tight bundle secured by a cable tie, and days after unpacking the pump, they're still curled up in a circle and kinked in several places. The plastic is actually white at the kinks, showing that the plastic has been stretched and weakened.
With these hoses, it takes 4 hands to use the pump - 1 to try and hold each hose straight, and 2 to work the pump. And you can't get the curled-up hose to reach to the bottom of a gas tank.
With better hoses, this could have been a good product.
Great product, emptied my snow blower's tank for summer storage in seconds. Seems they've addressed customer complaints regarding the plastic hoses. The two orange hoses are pliable and were not kinked in the box. Although they are tightly coiled and like to stay that way, I had no problem keeping the ends where they belong, one in the snow blower tank and the other in the gas can.
worked ok 1st time had to un mold the kinked tubes, then went to use a second time and I could not get the pump to work I tried everything from bringing in the house to warm up the parts to oiling it to try to create suction, nothing worked I would save my money and invest in a higher quality pump
This is an inexpensively built pump. The larger hoses are permanently bent because of the cheap material used, making it difficult to have them stay where you want them. The pump is okay but the hoses are coiled up so tightly in the packaging that they keep coiling up on themselves. I tried placing them in hot water to straighten them out and to remove the kinks with little success. I haven’t used it to transfer gas or oil from a tank to a container as yet. I found it work well to drain water from a toilet either when changing parts in the tank or from the bowl before replacing the toilet.
while the hoses were wound up and kept that shape, I was easily able to drain gasoline out of my snowblower and back into the gas container. I followed the directions by spraying some PAM into the fill side and it performed fine - just had to hold the hoses in place because they hold on to the rounded shape. Cleaned it up with soap/water and sprayed some more PAM into the fill side for storage. Will see how this performs in the long run,
Out of the box, the hoses are all kinked into small circles. Tried to siphon gas out of my motorcycle using these hoses by myself, and it was a nightmare. If I got the tank hose situated, the gas can end kept coming out. Advise? Take this out of the package and work the hoses until they are straighter before use. Even then, have a second pairs of hands so that one person can focus on keeping the inlet hose at the bottom of the gas tank. Further advise. the smaller oil dipstick hose worked better for gas removal for me than the bigger hose, in part because it is easier to straighten. Best of siphoning!
Pros: All In One, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight
I read the reviews before I went to HD. I bought the extra tubing, but found I didn't need it. The red tube it came with was wound not folded so I didn't have kink issues. Inexpensive and worked as advertised.
Tubing with pump was stiff and kinked from the way it was packaged. I was unable to keep the tubing open enough to get siphon action started and had to continually pump to get the liquid (kerosene) to flow from an elevated can into my heater. The kinks restricted the flow so much that the pressure would occasionally build up to the point where the tubing would get blown out of the pump (spraying kerosene). The $4.99 plastic pump you usually find (and I found again) works much better for my needs. I threw this thing away.
Sometimes I'm not sure how to take on-line reviews. Yes, my hoses were kinked in the package just like everybody's. However, I had not one problem using this product. The pump assembled in 2 minutes and I've been siphoning my snow blower and emergency generator ever since. Not one issue with a bad siphon even with the kinked tubes. After using it once and setting it out in the sun, the kinks disappeared. No need to buy new tubes, that seems ridiculous. Buy this pump, read the directions and you won't have any problems.
Bought the pump to drain my boat gas sludge. It didn't fit to the tank but I found another use for it. I pumped the gas from my generator that has been sitting for years. I found the gas was dark and developed a jelly like substance which I was able to strain out with a cotton shirt. The pump worked quickly and with little effort. Make sure your pump doesn't have any kinks in it which will stop the flow. Mine came with about six kinks which stopped the flow several times.
I attempted to use this product in 40 degree weather and it was almost impossible to straighten the coiled tubing and it kept forming kinks and stopping the suction while in use. May work very well in warmer weather - I won't know because I disposed of mine after it's first use.
You are supposed to be able to disassemble the pump and clean it which sounds like a very useful feature although I didn't get that far with it.
I think the original design for this pump might have been sound. However, someone probably changed the composition of the clear tubing to save money. The tubing is inflexible and tightly wrapped in the box. As a result, it comes out of the package severely kinked in many places. As soon as suction is applied, the tubing collapses, shutting off any fluid flow. Don't waste your money.