Rated 3.0 out of 5 by 67
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CaptainLouie drain bathtub
I live in California. We are in fourth year of severe drought. I wanted to reuse bathtub water to water flowers and lawn. My little bit to be water responsible. Home Depot sales clerk recommended this Arnold siphon pump. I purchased 1/2 in. x 100 ft. Clear PVC Tubing through homedepot.com to use for the outflow. Use the two together and you have an efficient easy to use prouct for under thirty dollars. It takes about four strokes to get it going. Drains my second floor bathtub in about 7 to 8 minutes. I have used it about 40 times with no problems.
August 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by EagleEye Works Great
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 !!!
May 29, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Dannym Two man siphon
Package includes everything except someone to keep the hose straight while you pump. Cheap and frustrating.
August 29, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good2Go Buy $4 hose, & it's unbeatable!
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!
November 21, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by jimh stiff, kinked hoses
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.
November 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BR123 Pump kit
This siphon pump worked perfectly.It was low cost, easy to use and durable. I highly recommend this product.
September 15, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Amanda It works, but....
Would I recommend this product? Yes and no. As a pump, it works fine. As a tool, it's very hard to use. The hoses are so hopelessly coiled that you can't get them into the containers. Buy replacement hoses and it's good to go.
September 5, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Hawk60 Frustrating out of the box but worked
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!
December 3, 2013