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Mounting a March Pump Without a Mounting Plate

In a trade with a friend, I got a new March pump that does not have a mounting plate. Like this: http://www.marchpump.com/809pl-hs/

I don’t have a brew sculpture to mount it to and at first glance, I’m not quite sure how to mount it without a the mounting plate. I’ve seen some interesting ideas where guys mount these in a toolbox, but I assume they are bolted down using the mounting plate.

Any ideas?

You could use a pair of large worm clamps and mount it to a piece of plywood or a wood block.

I used nuts and bolts into a 2x4. Then I used some rubber feet from the hardware store so that the bolt heads aren’t resting on the ground. It’s low tech but it works for now. There’s two issues I have: first, I have no switch, so I turn it off and on via the plug/outlet, and secondly, there is no roof over the pump in case I spill. Of course as a brewer, I never spill anything :lol:

EDIT: Sorry, I didn’t realize what you meant by “no mounting plate.” The above info still could be helpful for anyone who does have a mounting plate but no place to mount it!

In order to have the pump set up the right way, inlet facing down & outlet up,the pump has to be above the floor or a 90 elbow on the inlet. You could mount it with clamps to a chair or short table etc.I used to use clamps that went to a camper shell for a pickup. The inlet should be below the outlet of the boil kettle.Also check the pump and see if it is the type that needs to be oiled, it will say “oil here” somewhere on the motor. The pump should be configured so the “oil here” is on top, and oil it with machine oil 1-2 times a year. [quote=“Wahoo”]so I turn it off and on via the plug/outlet,[/quote] I use a regular power strip with a switch, extension cord to the power strip with the pump plugged into it and the power strip zip tied to the brew stand. You could just have the strip near where it works for you. Hope this helps, cheers Mike.

I have the same pump. My first attempt was just popping out the slug on the electrical box and attaching it to a piece of wood with a bolt and washer.
This was my second attempt, but the ammo can was to light and short it would tip over.

Finally I found this ballast box and mounted it there with rubber feet. The light switch makes it real easy to turn on and off wiyh my foot.

Thanks for the feedback everyone!

Deadeye - Very interesting. I love the ballast box idea, although I have no idea where I would find something like that. Can you post more info about how you mounted and wired it? Is the pump just screwed into the wall of the box with no other support? Could you post some photos of the interior?

Thanks, I mounted the pump at the head with no support. you can really just mount it in any type of enclosure. Toolbox/bucket/etc. I wired it to a typical light switch with a 15’ cord. I plug mine into a gfi outlet in the garage. I would recommend putting a gfi outlet in the box if you don’t have one to plug into. I will try to post some more pics this weekend. The foot switch and camlock fitting really simplified the transfering of wort in my brew process.

[quote=“kcbeersnob”]In a trade with a friend, I got a new March pump that does not have a mounting plate. Like this: http://www.marchpump.com/809pl-hs/

I don’t have a brew sculpture to mount it to and at first glance, I’m not quite sure how to mount it without a the mounting plate. I’ve seen some interesting ideas where guys mount these in a toolbox, but I assume they are bolted down using the mounting plate.

Any ideas?[/quote]I had the same problem so here is what I made from a piece of sheet metal and a hammer and a large hose clamp.

Just FYI, you can buy the base online:
http://www.tescopumps.com/servlet/the-489/MAR-*MOTOR-MOUNTING-BRACKET/Detail

[quote=“fightdman”]Just FYI, you can buy the base online:
http://www.tescopumps.com/servlet/the-489/MAR-*MOTOR-MOUNTING-BRACKET/Detail
[/quote]
Holy crap. $33? That will definitely be plan C. Thanks for the link. I came across this on Amazon the other day too, but without a photo–although this photo is so tiny it’s not very useful. Hard to tell how the parts attach. I assume one screws in between the motor and the head, but not sure what the other one is for.

[quote=“kcbeersnob”][quote=“fightdman”]Just FYI, you can buy the base online:
http://www.tescopumps.com/servlet/the-489/MAR-*MOTOR-MOUNTING-BRACKET/Detail
[/quote]
Holy crap. $33? That will definitely be plan C. Thanks for the link. I came across this on Amazon the other day too, but without a photo–although this photo is so tiny it’s not very useful. Hard to tell how the parts attach. I assume one screws in between the motor and the head, but not sure what the other one is for.[/quote]
The other replaces the existing rotor shroud. Because you are inserting a piece (the bracket) in between, it needs to be shorter so the screws fit correctly.

[quote=“fightdman”]
The other replaces the existing rotor shroud. Because you are inserting a piece (the bracket) in between, it needs to be shorter so the screws fit correctly.[/quote]
Interesting. I wonder why they opted to do this, rather than using longer screws.

The screws that come with the pump suck. For a piece of equipment that should be disassembled frequently they put crappy flat head screws on it. I replced all the screws on mine with stainless steal allen bolts.

Why are you disassembling yours? :?

Why are you disassembling yours? :? [/quote]

It all started when I was 5 years old and I took dads drill apart.

Why are you disassembling yours? :? [/quote]

It all started when I was 5 years old and I took dads drill apart.[/quote]
OK, that made me lol

No really though. I experimented on how to mount this thing. I tried a piece of wood,an ammo can then this box. Doing so I noticed the screws sucked and replaced them.

I just zip tied mine to an upside down milk crate. Works fine.

I finally mounted and wired my pump. It’s not sexy, but I think it’ll work. I used a cheap file box from OfficeMax. I liked the size and shape better than any other options I found. As expected, I’ll need to use something as a counterweight on the end opposite the pump.

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