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Electronic Sensing Automatic Bilge Pumps

An internal computer chip cycles these pumps on every 2.5 minutes, then quickly shuts them down if no water is detected. Built-in strainer bases snap off to make cleaning easy. Completely submersible, rust-proof, corrosion-proof and ignition-protected. Three-way wiring enables connection to a switch for manual override or indicator light. Small 500gph pump is designed to handle spray and rainwater.

  • Built-In Switch: Yes, cycles every 2.5 min.
  • Material: Plastic
  • Warranty: Three years
Product Models
Description WM Model # MFG Part # Availability Price Quantity  
Automatic 800 GPH Bilge Pump 6886790 20RS
Limited availability.

$89.99

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500gph 12V Bilge Pump, 1.9A Draw at 12V DC, 3/4" Port, 4"H x 2-3/8"W 491928 25S
Limited availability.

$74.99

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1100gph 12V Bilge Pump, 3.3A Draw at 12V DC, 1-1/8" Port, 4-1/2"H x 2-3/8"W 492025 27S
Limited availability.

$109.99

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An internal computer chip cycles these pumps on every 2.5 minutes, then quickly shuts them down if no water is detected. Built-in strainer bases snap off to make cleaning easy. Completely submersible, rust-proof, corrosion-proof and ignition-protected. Three-way wiring enables connection to a switch for manual override or indicator light. Small 500gph pump is designed to handle spray and rainwater.

  • Built-In Switch: Yes, cycles every 2.5 min.
  • Material: Plastic
  • Warranty: Three years

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Rule IndustriesElectronic Sensing Automatic Bilge Pumps
 
3.4

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (21)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Attractive (6)
  • Well built / quality (6)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small boats (9)
  • Personal watercraft (5)
  • Sailing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (11), Professional (8), Advanced (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is a compact bilge ...

This is a compact bilge pump which solves the awkward dilema of installing a level switch, with the attendant extra wiring,cost & (most important)unreliability.The pump electronics have a built in control...Read complete review

This is a compact bilge pump which solves the awkward dilema of installing a level switch, with the attendant extra wiring,cost & (most important)unreliability.The pump electronics have a built in control which senses load on the pump impeller. Every few minutes the pump runs auotmatically for 1 to 2 seconds. If the sensor maesures load then the pump continues to run until the bilge is pumped dry. At this time the sensor feels the change in load & cuts off the pump.I have had the unit installed for about 1 yr in my basement drain pit as a back-up to my AC house pump. Thus in the event of a power cut during a period of heavy rain my batery driven back up keeps my basement dry. I aim to fit this unit on my 38 ft which has three very truoblesome bige pumps.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Has failed 6 times in a row...

I have bought half a dozen of these, they USED to be great. After so many repeted failures, (2 right out of the box), I finally called ITT and complained. They...Read complete review

I have bought half a dozen of these, they USED to be great. After so many repeted failures, (2 right out of the box), I finally called ITT and complained. They said they had just moved their facility to Mexico and had not noticed any problems yet. They mailed me 6 free units to appologize. One year later all 5 were dead. I have to leave for the holidays and Was going to install the 6th in my boat, some slight tugging on the wires to straiten them out from packaging was all it took to crack the red housing at the top of the pump body.

Every unit has failed differently... some the electronics stop checking for water and the manual circuity works, others the automatic circuity stays on and burns the motor up (fails to turn off), some fill with water in the "sealed" part and some just stop working all together.

I dont think there is another single person who has bought sooooo many of these units over the last 10 years and used them consistently...

...and its with the utmost of certainly that I will never buy one again AND I WOULD WARN ANYONE WHO VALUES THE SAFELY OF THEIR BOAT NOT TO BUY ANY RULE PRODUCTS MADE IN THEIR MEXICO FACTORY BECAUSE OF EXTREME POOR QUALITY STANDARDS!!!

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4.0

Here's how to do it

By Boomerang

from Newport Beach, CA

About Me Professional

Pros

  • Automatic Feature
  • Easy To Install
  • Easy To Use
  • Low Power Draw

Cons

  • Fear of burn out

Best Uses

  • Small Boats

Comments about Electronic Sensing Automatic Bilge Pumps:

We keep our Harbor 20 out on a mooring. Unfortunately, it is not self-bailing and in heavy rains or if swamped in windy conditions or a sea lion party, they have been known to sink. When I used to be a waterfront facility maintenance director, I dealt with float switches and these auto pumps. Float switches would break, the auto pumps were impossible to use on-demand and would often burnout. More times than not, you'd end up pumping or bailing manually, while cursing at the pump.

With this experience and knowing the importance of keeping our boat dry, I installed the automatic Rule pump, heat-shrinked all connections with butt connectors, a new battery and the Rule 3-way pump switch. The switch has made it awesome. We can switch it off in the summer months to avoid burnout and put it on auto for storms. Most importantly, we can flick it on for washdowns. The switch is $30 that makes all the difference with this product. Now our boat is the highest riding Harbor 20 in the mooring field.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

GOOD AUTO PUMP / NEVER FAILS: BUT I NEED A BASE AND CAN'T

By SPIN

from YORKTOWN, VA

About Me Advanced

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Install
  • Easy To Use
  • Quality Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Boats

    Comments about Electronic Sensing Automatic Bilge Pumps:

    EVERYTHING IS GREAT

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Works great automatically

    By Jd

    from Seattle

    About Me Beginner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Easy To Use
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Personal Watercraft
      • Small Boats

      Comments about Electronic Sensing Automatic Bilge Pumps:

      Bilges Everytime !

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      1.0

      Don't Do It!

      By Gage

      from Bahamas

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install

      Cons

      • Poor Design
      • The Technology Does Not Work

      Best Uses

      • Personal Watercraft

      Comments about Electronic Sensing Automatic Bilge Pumps:

      These pumps fail. I have a 21' Outrage that is in the water year around. When the pressure switch fails, the pump remains on, when the pump remains on, your batteries die, when your batteries die your boat sinks. Unless you have a Whaler or similar self bailing boat. I have been through three of these and will never buy a Rule product again. If you must buy Rule, make sure it uses a float switch.
      Rule of thumb, do not just buy this pump because it is right there in front of you and you have other things to do. Buy a more expensive Johnson or Ultra, set it and forget it.

      Service and delivery comments:

      One pump arrived and the test feature did not work. Curiously enough, the pump worked when I hard wired it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      A definite must have!

      By Stypes

      from Lake Erie

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Large Boats
        • Personal Watercraft
        • Pontoon Boats
        • Sailing
        • Small Boats

        Comments about Electronic Sensing Automatic Bilge Pumps:

        Great product! Easy to install! Works fantastic!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        3.0

        Interesting

        By Whale

        from East TN

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Electronic Sensing Automatic Bilge Pumps:

        Not recommended for potential occasional constant water flow.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Bad CS on rule pump

        By hawk

        from Tennessee

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Difficult To Install
        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

        • Small Boats

        Comments about Electronic Sensing Automatic Bilge Pumps:

        I bought 3 of these pumps all 3 quit with in 6 month.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Best pump ever!

        By Sail2Fish

        from San Diego

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy To Install
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sailing
          • Small Boats

          Comments about Electronic Sensing Automatic Bilge Pumps:

          This great little pump keeps the bilges dry. What more could I ask for?

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          great pump

          By jim

          from stuart, fl

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Small Boats

            Comments about Electronic Sensing Automatic Bilge Pumps:

            great

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Great product at a great price!

            By Frank

            from Brea CA

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Easy To Use
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Personal Watercraft

              Comments about Electronic Sensing Automatic Bilge Pumps:

              Great product and great service!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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