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I have a JD 1025R and I am getting older and it is hard enough to pick the heavy diesel can to fill up the tractor. Can anyone help me with a good solution... transfer pump or whatever?


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I have a JD 1025R and I am getting older and it is hard enough to pick the heavy diesel can to fill up the tractor. Can anyone help me with a good solution... transfer pump or whatever?
I have been using this thing for the last couple of weeks. It uses two "D" batteries. I stick the thing into a standard 5 gallon container and it fills my 1023E in about 2 minutes. Couldn't be simpler, or cheaper.

Amazon.com: TERA PUMP Multi-Purpose Battery Powered Fuel Liquid Transfer Pump with Quick Stop Flow Control: Automotive

There is a huge variety of diesel transfer pumps on Amazon ranging in price from this one up to several hundred dollars. I haven't been using this thing long, but it's hard to imagine anything more cost-effective if you're talking about filling a 5 gallon tractor tank from a 5 gallon gas can without lifting it off the ground.

 

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I have been using this thing for the last couple of weeks. It uses two "D" batteries. I stick the thing into a standard 5 gallon container and it fills my 1023E in about 2 minutes. Couldn't be simpler, or cheaper.

Amazon.com: TERA PUMP Multi-Purpose Battery Powered Fuel Liquid Transfer Pump with Quick Stop Flow Control: Automotive

There is a huge variety of diesel transfer pumps on Amazon ranging in price from this one up to several hundred dollars. I haven't been using this thing long, but it's hard to imagine anything more cost-effective if you're talking about filling a 5 gallon tractor tank from a 5 gallon gas can without lifting it off the ground.

Is the hose long enough to use with the 5 gallon can sitting on the ground?
 

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I have a JD 1025R and I am getting older and it is hard enough to pick the heavy diesel can to fill up the tractor. Can anyone help me with a good solution... transfer pump or whatever?
I've posted this one before. Flo-Fast pump. The container holds 7-gallons and is very easy to throw in the SUV to get filled. I usually only fill with 5-gallons or so. The cart is an old one I had laying around (yellow color was a coincidence). Velcro strap was gotten at Lowe's. I have two containers that I alternate. When one starts to get empty I go fill the second container. In the even of a SnowPocalypse I can fill both.
 

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Is the hose long enough to use with the 5 gallon can sitting on the ground?
Yes.




You know those 20 gpm Fill-rite or GPM transfer pumps, with the inline water filters and the inline particulate filters and the meter accurate to 1/10th gallon? For $350+? (I have one of those on my 150 gallon gasoline mobile refueling tank). This thing is on the exact opposite end of the scale. For $35 you can use your existing cheapo 5 gallon cans. In fact, this transfer pump cost less than the poly diesel container I'm pumping out of.

It is not a massive pump, but it will fill your 1025R from empty in about 2 minutes. The only physical labor involved is moving your 5 gallon tank in proximity to your tractor. If you put it on a frame with casters, you can just kick it over there.



I have no clue how long this cheapo pump will last, but the reviews on Amazon were remarkably positive, and there were enough of them that I'm don't think that they were all shilled. For $35, I thought is was worth a shot. So far, so good.....

For reference, the excellent Flo Fast rig that jgayman posted...7.5 gallon tank with rotary pump...will run about $240. If my spankin' new Terrapump lasts 1 year, it will take 6.8571 years before I will tell myself that I should have bought the jgayman's Flo-Fast.

Having said that, I confess that I am on the hunt for a cheap 30 gallon closed-top drum that I can drop a $30 hand-crank pump into the bung. Like Tim Marks uses, but 30 gallons rather than 55. As it turns out...clean, useable 30 gallon drums aren't that easy to find.


Couple of caveats....

1) When you take the intake thing out of the 5 gallon can after filling, pause a moment and squeeze the handle to let the diesel fuel drain back into the can (eliminates mess when you pull it out of the can and go to hang it up).

2) Some 5 gallon cans have a screen of sorts in the filler neck. That needs to come out.

 

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Powered Fuel Transfer Pump | Camping World

Otherwise it’s a large tank or drum to mount a bigger pump to. 5 gallons isn’t that much fuel to pump. I fortunately have a 110 gal jump tank that I fuel equipment with and it takes seconds to fuel the little guy up, but if I didn’t have that, I’d get a camp pump


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I have been using this thing for the last couple of weeks. It uses two "D" batteries. I stick the thing into a standard 5 gallon container and it fills my 1023E in about 2 minutes. Couldn't be simpler, or cheaper.

Amazon.com: TERA PUMP Multi-Purpose Battery Powered Fuel Liquid Transfer Pump with Quick Stop Flow Control: Automotive

There is a huge variety of diesel transfer pumps on Amazon ranging in price from this one up to several hundred dollars. I haven't been using this thing long, but it's hard to imagine anything more cost-effective if you're talking about filling a 5 gallon tractor tank from a 5 gallon gas can without lifting it off the ground.
So I've been considering one of these. My question is what do you do with it when it's not pumping fuel? I'm sure once you take it out of the fuel can it will drool diesel for days. And if you leave it out to "dry", it will accumulate dirt that you'll be putting into your fuel when you use it next time. The feature to store the nozzle seems nice, but it just makes the overall shape even more awkward for storage. I'm betting they don't include something to store it in, which would make it a pretty complete solution.

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So I've been considering one of these. My question is what do you do with it when it's not pumping fuel? I'm sure once you take it out of the fuel can it will drool diesel for days. And if you leave it out to "dry", it will accumulate dirt that you'll be putting into your fuel when you use it next time. The feature to store the nozzle seems nice, but it just makes the overall shape even more awkward for storage. I'm betting they don't include something to store it in, which would make it a pretty complete solution.

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Before I pull the probe thing out of the tank, as it come out of the neck, I just squeeze the trigger which lets all the diesel fuel in the tubing and probe drain quickly back into the diesel container. Then I just clip the nozzle to the pump (in the clips that they built into the body) and hang the whole thing up using the hook that’s built onto the pump body. It doesn’t drip anything, or at least minimal. I’m not going to hang the thing in the laundry room, but it’s not an issue in the storage garage. As to contamination...I just keep it out of the dirt, and wipe it off before I use it again. If I was concerned about it, I suppose I’d make a little holster out of some PVC tubing and screw it to the wall. But I’m not concerned about it.
 

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As it turns out...clean, useable 30 gallon drums aren't that easy to find.
Try checking with your local car wash. Many of them get their detergents, etc. in heavy duty plastic drums. In many cases, trash collection services will not take them unless they are cut up. That's a major PITA to them. Since they wanted to get rid of them, I secured free of charge, a 30 gallon drum. My car wash said I can have as many drums as I would like. I thoroughly rinsed and dried it out, put a rotary pump in it and have it on a round dolly so I can move it to wherever I need it. I can take a picture of my set up tomorrow if you need one. Takes less than 2 minutes to fill the tank of my 1025R.

Fill-Rite SD62 Rotary Hand Pump w/ Hose Nozzle Kit - 1 Gal per 13 Rev - John M. Ellsworth Co. Inc.
 

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Try checking with your local car wash. Many of them get their detergents, etc. in heavy duty plastic drums. In many cases, trash collection services will not take them unless they are cut up. That's a major PITA to them. Since they wanted to get rid of them, I secured free of charge, a 30 gallon drum. My car wash said I can have as many drums as I would like. I thoroughly rinsed and dried it out, put a rotary pump in it and have it on a round dolly so I can move it to wherever I need it. I can take a picture of my set up tomorrow if you need one. Takes less than 2 minutes to fill the tank of my 1025R.

Fill-Rite SD62 Rotary Hand Pump w/ Hose Nozzle Kit - 1 Gal per 13 Rev - John M. Ellsworth Co. Inc.
Greg, I'd like to see pics of your setup.
 

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Try checking with your local car wash. Many of them get their detergents, etc. in heavy duty plastic drums. In many cases, trash collection services will not take them unless they are cut up. That's a major PITA to them. Since they wanted to get rid of them, I secured free of charge, a 30 gallon drum. My car wash said I can have as many drums as I would like. I thoroughly rinsed and dried it out, put a rotary pump in it and have it on a round dolly so I can move it to wherever I need it. I can take a picture of my set up tomorrow if you need one. Takes less than 2 minutes to fill the tank of my 1025R.

Fill-Rite SD62 Rotary Hand Pump w/ Hose Nozzle Kit - 1 Gal per 13 Rev - John M. Ellsworth Co. Inc.
I'd love to see it.

What did you wash it out with?
 

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I wonder how those poly drums would hold up outside in the weather.
Not sure about that. Mine is in my garage. :dunno:
 

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So I've been considering one of these. My question is what do you do with it when it's not pumping fuel? I'm sure once you take it out of the fuel can it will drool diesel for days. And if you leave it out to "dry", it will accumulate dirt that you'll be putting into your fuel when you use it next time. The feature to store the nozzle seems nice, but it just makes the overall shape even more awkward for storage. I'm betting they don't include something to store it in, which would make it a pretty complete solution.

Keane
You can rubber band a nitrile glove to the ends to keep dust or moisture out. I throw one on the end of hydraulic hoses on job sites that are waiting for repair. Keeps the rain and other infiltrators out.
 

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I wonder how those poly drums would hold up outside in the weather.

i have several i use to store used oil in ....set out for years with zero issues.....the issues come from the screw in plastic bung caps they will harden up and fall apart within a year or two so as long as you replace them regular the drums i have seem like a forever thing....(they originally held car wash detergents)
 

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I had a number of the Todd Gas Caddies for the boats and jet skis. Yes, a number. Guess how much fuel teenage daughters can consume in jet skis in a day? Those days are past and teenage granddaughters are already here.

Anyway, they have worked well and are pretty much spill free. We ended up with a second home for the bride's new job and along with that another tractor. We lived apart as a result for a number of years, which meant the bride had to mow grass and blow snow on her own from time to time. While I made it a point to to top of the tractor when I was at that home, there would be instances where I wouldn't be there for a month. While she "may" have been able to handle the 5 gallon container, it wouldn't have been without spilling some of it on her, the tractor, and the ground. She never paid attention to the fuel gauge, she just mowed until she ran out. So that meant she'd be re-fueling in the middle of the lawn. Petroleum products make great vegetation killer---nothing will grow where it has been split for years.

So my remedy was a Todd Diesel Caddy. Not at all cheap, but a quality piece the bride could handle when full (30 gallons) and not a spill a drop. So I cost justified it on the basis of what I would continually spend remedying dead grass patches and the cost of a 6+ hour round trip in the middle of snow storm, when she ran it out of fuel snow blowing.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Todd-28-Gal-Diesel-Caddy-with-Industrial-Hand-Crank-Pump-932404IP/308395467?cm_mmc=Shopping%7CB%7CBase%7CD26P%7C26-6_IRRIGATION%7CNA%7CPLA%7c71700000034388195%7c58700003952496747%7c92700032054947279&msclkid=f4ecedb0f86516144cd8b0c76613c5bf&gclid=CM_iu_enxuQCFVFtgQodcIwOMg&gclsrc=ds

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I purchased mine from Zoro.com when they had a 30% off promo and free shipping. Net cost was about $450. I see Zoro has REALLY increased the price on these now.
 

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I had a number of the Todd Gas Caddies for the boats and jet skis. Yes, a number. Guess how much fuel teenage daughters can consume in jet skis in a day? Those days are past and teenage granddaughters are already here.

Anyway, they have worked well and are pretty much spill free. We ended up with a second home for the bride's new job and along with that another tractor. We lived apart as a result for a number of years, which meant the bride had to mow grass and blow snow on her own from time to time. While I made it a point to to top of the tractor when I was at that home, there would be instances where I wouldn't be there for a month. While she "may" have been able to handle the 5 gallon container, it wouldn't have been without spilling some of it on her, the tractor, and the ground. She never paid attention to the fuel gauge, she just mowed until she ran out. So that meant she'd be re-fueling in the middle of the lawn. Petroleum products make great vegetation killer---nothing will grow where it has been split for years.

So my remedy was a Todd Diesel Caddy. Not at all cheap, but a quality piece the bride could handle when full (30 gallons) and not a spill a drop. So I cost justified it on the basis of what I would continually spend remedying dead grass patches and the cost of a 6+ hour round trip in the middle of snow storm, when she ran it out of fuel snow blowing.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Todd-28-Gal-Diesel-Caddy-with-Industrial-Hand-Crank-Pump-932404IP/308395467?cm_mmc=Shopping%7CB%7CBase%7CD26P%7C26-6_IRRIGATION%7CNA%7CPLA%7c71700000034388195%7c58700003952496747%7c92700032054947279&msclkid=f4ecedb0f86516144cd8b0c76613c5bf&gclid=CM_iu_enxuQCFVFtgQodcIwOMg&gclsrc=ds

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I purchased mine from Zoro.com when they had a 30% off promo and free shipping. Net cost was about $450. I see Zoro has REALLY increased the price on these now.
I love that thing. It's exactly what I would get if I needed it bad enough to justify spending $650. At this point in my tractor-owning life, I don't feel like I fuel up often enough to cough up that kind of loot.
 
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