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Esskie
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 1:28 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hi,
I wonder if anyone can give me a wee bit advice regarding a new bait pump please?.

I'm pretty much set on an Alvey, at first I thought the larger bore 2" one with everything I've looked at indicating the 2" is easier to learn with

However, the 2" is meant to be much more work due to more suction.....what I suppose I'm trying to ask is would it be inadvisable to opt for the intermediate having never owned one before?

Learning without the back-ache big grin

Anyone use the TRK pumps?

There are vids online aplenty that do advise the 2" to start off with, just wondering what you guys use and/or what advice you could give please?

Going to buy one next Saturday so have plenty time to look around

Thanks & tight lines, Andy
 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:53 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I think you would be best off with a slim bore the wide bore is hard work for little success.I've not got a pump but have had a go of both and i'm going to get the slim one

Cheers Dave
 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 6:39 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Cheers for that Dave,
Are you saying the slim bore isn't so much work for just as little success? happy

See I thought about the factor of missing or chopping worms with a slimmer one but in my opinion if I'm to learn from scratch then learning with either will have roughly the same learning curve if you know what I mean?

Basically saying no matter which I'm still going to have to put the practice in so why not learn on the slim one without giving myself a hernia worried

The 3 Alvey pumps, the two slim ones are the same diameter just different lengths, is that right??....what is the diameter Dave, do you know off the top of your head mate?

Have you looked at the TRK pumps?, very DIY & 2/3rds the price.....just wondering how they compare to the Alvey?
 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:16 am Reply with quote Back to top

The slim bore is 32mm i think and your rigt about the lengths if you tall get the longer on it'll save your back.As i said i'm no expert but i would stay clear of the wide bore plus once you get the hang of it you'll be paying out again for the slim one. You'll have more success with the slim one i had about 20 worms in half an hour used the wide bore for the same length of time and didn't get a single one.I will have a look at the trk pumps i haven't seen them

Cheers Dave
 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:36 am Reply with quote Back to top

Well I'm not sure if I should've got the 30mm x 850mm Alvey pump or not but have taken the plunge and ordered a 28mm x 900mm TKR pump.

Got a decent deal with the length customisation being free anyway and a couple of spare washer/service kits....it'll doubt end up with a silicon seal in the end though?, it's a very simple mod.

They couldn't be more helpful regarding answering any questions and/or advice. TKR reckon the 22mm is easier to learn on but you'd have to be bang right on top of the worm would you not?

It was due to be shipped out today so I'll report when it arrives for shipping time and first impressions.
I won't get a chance to try it out till maybe over the w/end, I'll see if I can get Weegi to hold the vid cam big grin
 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:42 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hi there,
Since my last post my new 28mm TKR pump has arrived, it came on Thursday, just a couple of days after placing my order. I'd asked for a slightly longer 900mm total length opposed to the standard 850mm too so that's quick happy

Luckily it was low tide only a few hours after it arrived giving me plenty time to inspect it properly, watch a couple of vids on pumping lug and get the pump setup & lubed properly.
First visit to the beach produced only an embarrassingly solitary whole black lug but loads of tails sad

However, my second visit to the same beach yesterday gave me a chance to play around with my angle & depth etc,. Well the chopped tails became less frequent and I'm happy to say I managed to bring home somewhere in the region of 50-60 whole lug in the space of a couple of hours big grin big grin

Don't get me wrong here!, I've by no means mastered the 'knack' of pumping lug but if I can fetch 4 or 5 dozen lug in that time without digging them then that'll do for me!

It's a great thing hindsight but with it, all my initial concerns about which bore of pump to get & thoughts of starting with the 2"/50mm x 850mm one are now long forgotten. The 28mm does start catching the right side of my lower back after a couple of hours but with my support belt it's certainly nowhere near how it gets with digging!, even for half the time.

The customer service was excellent with TKR too, that I must say!, any questions I had were answered very quickly.

On mentioning the fact I intended to make a silicon rubber 'piston?' instead of rubber washers, they replied saying they were sending me out a piece of 28mm tube & small piece of rod so I can make the silicon piece leaving it to set for a couple of days without my pump being out of action, despite the fact it'd involve sending it separately as the pump was en-route with 2 x spare washer kits with the nylock nuts, the lot.......you can't ask for much better customer service and after sale help/advice than that in my opinion!

There's only one thing I'd like to change on the pump and intend to when/if I find one, change the 13mm nylock nut for a wing-nut so I can adjust the pump by hand, at the moment I'm using a small bar & socket.
The wing-nut would have to be narrower than 28mm so it can move freely up & down the inside of the tube........if anyone can manage to help out re the wing-nut at all it would be much appreciated?, I'd be more than happy to pay for your bother & any postage costs.

They've just released an all stainless steel 22mm pump too with a photographic competition to win one and see your photograph being the background for their new website......

Best Regards, Andy
 
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