Good, but needs to be better.
Jul 21, 2016
This is the first hand pump I've ever purchased. I selected it because of its apparent sturdy construction and Lehman's history of stocking quality products made for function over appearance. I also liked that it was designed to hook up to plumbing fittings unlike many similar pumps which simply pour water over the side, pitcher style. I installed it on our cistern, and for several months was reasonably happy with it. I learned pretty quickly that the faucet is not useful (as another reviewer has mentioned), it restricts flow too much. I did find that it had minor use in avoiding priming. By opening and shutting the valve during pumping the pump would self prime. Handy, but not worth the restriction. Once I removed it, I merely put my hand over the end of the pipe or hose which also worked. This is important because the pump (again mentioned by another reviewer) requires a wrench (actually, two wrenches, one being a pipe wrench) to prime. Also, yes, the packing leaks where the pump rod goes into the body of the pump and the fitting there backs out with use and comes loose. All these things have been mentioned by others, but for me the worst thing is that, at least on mine, the foot comes unscrewed from the rod with use. I've taken it apart several times and screwed it back together, this last time with thread locker which helped, but still if comes off. The last time it happened I took a long time to get around to fixing it and the gaskets etc. seem to have dried out and the pump is now useless. I'll have to look into getting replacements and tearing the whole thing down again. When it works it works pretty well, but I have to disassemble and repair it roughly quarterly. Too much maintenance. I don't hate it, but for the price I expected much better. It is unfortunate that it works well for just long enough to make you feel foolish for trying to return it.
May 12, 2015
what is the purpose of the faucet ?Why would you want to turn it off ?No instruction with pump on this subject.
Aug 24, 2014
I fought with this pump for years, and finally threw it out. My neighbor also just threw out his pump, too. The casting at the foot is rough, so it is almost impossible to get a good foot seal. The brass cylinder is too thin, so it cuts into (and usually damages) the foot flapper. The top watertight nut seal is very persnickety, usually leaks, or it too tight to make the pump work. The top cylinder seal is very narrow, and very difficult to replace. At least the piston seal has not had too many problems. I have gone through nearly a dozen foot flappers, and tried soaking, boiling, greasing, and everything I can think of to make it work. It usually loses it prime within a minute or two. The faucet constrains the water flow, so I replaced it with a brass nipple and an elbow. Big improvement. To prime requires a wrench (huh??) which is very, very annoying. I had to keep a wrench at the sink to constantly prime. Silly or stupid, you decide. I can't imagine how the other commenters have not complained about always needing a wrench. This is an embarrassingly-poorly designed pump. I have lived off-grid for 40 years, and have used half a dozen pitcher pumps in various settings. This one is by far the very worst. And outrageously expensive.
Dec 8, 2013
I bought this pump about a year ago and just had it installed in the kitchen for winter use when I drain the pipes. It draws the water up quite well, however; it leaks where the brass rod goes into the cylinder. It is also leaking some kind of black goo, grease at the top of the cylinder where the rod moves in and out. Some small bits of this grease is also ending up in the water. Does anyone know what this is or what to do about this. Thanks.
Dec 8, 2013
I have a 18ft deep well, with an 175ft horizontal run. The Kant Freeze pitcher pump works fantastic. Plenty of water. I have the pump installed in heated garage. I am sure I would be able to pump water to second floor. Sweet.
Jun 28, 2013
Just got home today to find my pump waiting for me. Of course I had to take it apart to make sure it's been well made. I was delighted to find that it has been built with craftmanship that exceeds my expectations. Tomorrow, I will get to work installing it. I have no doubt that this pump will provide many years of reliable service. as a note from later on. the pump leaks where the rod goes throught he brass bushing on top of the pump. since the pump is located inside a wooden structure this is a problem. I am going to be contacting the manufacturer to see if there is an easy remedy for this issue.
Mar 3, 2013
We have used this pump for 15 years now. It has preformed perfectly. I wouldn't dare estimate how many gallons of water it has pumped.
Sep 26, 2012
I received the pump in great shape, it was well packed. It has been installed to pump water directly from my well and into the house, when the electric pump is off. Works perfectly and I can pump the water into my house plumbing. No buckets needed.
Jul 8, 2011
I just got through fencing the well house into the yard so I will have more protection from theft. Installed the pump today,primed it and my first thought was, this is an OK pump, which I intend to use for power outages etc.
Aug 25, 2010
This pump has served as our sole water supply for 13 years.We use it to pump water to a second-floor tank and gravity brings it to all our plumbing needs.I have made a few small improvements(a better sealing washer on the top)but it has been absolutely dependable with daily use.We still are using the original leather-the brass cylinder means very minimal wear.It's too bad this pump is so hard to get.
Feb 9, 2010
We've had this pump installed as a back-up on an old shallow well for about four years. It is rugged and reliable. In our rural location, we tend to lose power for a week or more during heavy snows, and this pump has been a God-send for keeping animals watered. Even after long periods of disuse, it has never failed after priming. Ours is in an open-air outdoor location, and through our own negligence in leaving it primed twice during the depths of winter, it has frozen and blown the rear bolt off. Both times I expectd a total loss, but everything was in great shape and as soon as the bolt was replaced it was back in business without out any further repair or tinkering!