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Argosy pump.

Post by steamman on Sat Jul 05 2014, 20:42

Hi, I have just bought an Argosy pump, could somebody give me some information on this pump and let me know where I can obtain spares.
Thanks, Bernard.

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Post by Villiers on Sun Jul 06 2014, 10:13

http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/F._W._Brackett_and_Co

What bits do you need? ebay might be a place for parts but not a lot of "new" stuff about.

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Post by steamman on Sun Jul 06 2014, 16:24

Hi, I don't know what parts I will need yet as I haven't had time to have a good look at the pump.
Thanks for the link, Bernard.

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Post by steamman on Wed Jul 09 2014, 08:55

Hi, could you tell me if the Argosy pump will work with the pulley turning in either direction and is there any way I can find out the history of the pump, there is a number on a plate on the pump, also I am driving the pump off my Lister D, which size pulley would be best on the engine a 4" or 6" dia.
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Post by Foden on Wed Jul 09 2014, 09:59

steamman wrote:Hi, could you tell me if the Argosy pump will work with the pulley turning in either direction and is there any way I can find out the history of the pump, there is a number on a plate on the pump, also I am driving the pump off my Lister D, which size pulley would be best on the engine a 4" or 6" dia.
Thanks, Bernard.

It should pump in either direction Bernard, it just depends if it has an oil dipper on the con-rod as it may not get lubricated enough if driven wrong. Personally I would drive it clockwise if the pulley is on the right, anti-clock if it is on the left of the pump which is how the similar Lister Domestic pump is driven. I would go for the smaller pulley myself, can't help with the history though.

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Re: Argosy pump.

Post by steamman on Wed Jul 09 2014, 13:18

Thanks Pete.

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Post by StewartH on Tue Oct 21 2014, 16:40

Hello Bernard - have you had any luck in finding spares? I have a feeling that Lister domestic spares fit... I have just picked up an old Argosy myself - not much wrong - but the main piston seems as if its crumbled.... so I started looking towards Lister pump spares on the stationaryenginespares.com web pages and comparing technical sizes seems to show that Argosy who produced these in the 1930's were bright enough to copy dimensions of another popular pump to ease spares - good for the user - bad for the manufacturer as you can then go for the cheapest.....

There is a link to a small blog on these pumps at http://www.zen15400.zen.co.uk/engines/argosy.htm

At the bottom there is a link to the electronic versions of the old paper manuals... for a twin and single - sadly i cant identify what type mine is but I suspect a later version than the ones in the manual.... Pah!

All credit to the original blogger!

Best

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Re: Argosy pump.

Post by steamman on Tue Oct 21 2014, 20:47

Thanks Hamish that was really useful.
Bernard.

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Re: Argosy pump.

Post by Bamfordlad on Fri Oct 24 2014, 19:01

The history of Argosy pumps can be found here:- http://www.zen15400.zen.co.uk/engines/argosy.htm

The pumps will lift water 24feet vertically on the suction side and is suitable for a total head of 100ft, equivalent to a pressure of 40psi

The single pump can pump 240 Galls per hour at 420rpm
The Twin pump can pump 480 Galls per hour at 420rpm

The single pump is tapped 3/4" BSP
The twin pump is tapped 1.1/4" BSP

The single pumping set weighs 95lbs
The twin Pumping Set weighs 150lbs

Prices were:-
Single Cylinder Pumping Set £26. 5s increased to £30 12s 6d
Twin Cylinder Pumping Set £ 40 10s increased to £47 10s

Single Cylinder Pump c/w Pulley £17 10s increased to £18 15s
Twin Cylinder Pump c/w Puley £26 15s increased to £29
Unfortunatley no date is available to indicate when these prices were current.


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Post by StewartH on Mon Oct 27 2014, 09:38

Thanks Bamford Lad,

I dont suppose you have any comment of my thinking Lister Domestic parts will fit the Argosy pump? before i go ahead and order a few spare parts i'd like to see if i can get some council from the more knowledgable types on the forum....

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Re: Argosy pump.

Post by Bamfordlad on Mon Oct 27 2014, 15:45

Depends on the parts you are looking for. Leather cup washers will be available from many sources, but I would be very surprised if mechanical parts were interchangeable. Not looked into it as the pump I have was & still is in good condition.

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