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RULE INDUSTRIES Rule-Mate Fully Automatic Bilge Pumps

The new eco-friendly Rule Mate series of Bilge pumps feature a solid state water sensing technology that eliminates the need for a separate float switch. When water enters the bilge and reaches a certain height (2-3/4 inches) a sensor turns the pump on. After the water is pumped out, another sensor shuts the pump off.

The sensor's unique "field effect" technology is programmed to recognize the dielectric constant of water only. In the event of an onboard oil spill, straight motor oil that enters the bilge will not turn the pump on. It's part of Rule's continuing commitment to preserving our waterway.

The new Rule Mates are available in 500, 750 and 1100 GPH models. Rule has been building bilge pumps for 30 years. The pumps are preferred by yachtsmen and commercial fishermen the world over.

  • All-in-one pump & switch—no float switch required
  • Pump turns on when water level rises & shuts off when water is removed
  • Will not pump oil—straight motor oil will not turn pump on
  • Snap-off strainer for easy cleaning
  • Anti-fouling impeller
  • Limited three year warranty

Rule Mate Instruction Manual

Customer Reviews
Product Models
Description WM Model # MFG Part # Availability Price Quantity  
Rule-Mate 1100, 12V, 3.4A Draw, 1-1/8" Port, 4.5"H x 5"W 10947430 RM1100A
In stock online.

$109.99

Rule-Mate 500, 12V, 1.9A Draw, 3/4" Port, 4.5"H x 6"W 10947414 RM500A
In stock online.

$69.99

Rule-Mate 750, 12V, 2.7A Draw, 3/4" Port, 4.5"H x 6"W 10947422 RM750A
In stock online.

$89.99

Product Description

The new eco-friendly Rule Mate series of Bilge pumps feature a solid state water sensing technology that eliminates the need for a separate float switch. When water enters the bilge and reaches a certain height (2-3/4 inches) a sensor turns the pump on. After the water is pumped out, another sensor shuts the pump off.

The sensor's unique "field effect" technology is programmed to recognize the dielectric constant of water only. In the event of an onboard oil spill, straight motor oil that enters the bilge will not turn the pump on. It's part of Rule's continuing commitment to preserving our waterway.

The new Rule Mates are available in 500, 750 and 1100 GPH models. Rule has been building bilge pumps for 30 years. The pumps are preferred by yachtsmen and commercial fishermen the world over.

  • All-in-one pump & switch—no float switch required
  • Pump turns on when water level rises & shuts off when water is removed
  • Will not pump oil—straight motor oil will not turn pump on
  • Snap-off strainer for easy cleaning
  • Anti-fouling impeller
  • Limited three year warranty

Rule Mate Instruction Manual

Specs

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1.6

(based on 68 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (6)

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    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (55)

15%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (29)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Durable (9)
  • Attractive (7)

Cons

  • Flimsy (6)
  • Difficult to clean (3)

Best Uses

      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid do-it-yourselfer (35), Professional (18), Casual do-it-yourselfer (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Easy to install

    I have installed several of these pumps over the last year with no comebacks. I especially like the test button on the back of the pump. Connecting the pump with reversed polarity will ruin...Read complete review

    I have installed several of these pumps over the last year with no comebacks. I especially like the test button on the back of the pump. Connecting the pump with reversed polarity will ruin the switch and cause it to run continuously. I found this out repairing a customer self install. The pump is clearly labeled with a polarity warning.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    IT KEEPS ON GOING AND GOING AND.........

    I installed it the first time and it worked good for 2 weeks and than it was not shutting off.
    I returned it and got a new one. Same problems
    won't shut...Read complete review

    I installed it the first time and it worked good for 2 weeks and than it was not shutting off.
    I returned it and got a new one. Same problems
    won't shut off after water is pumped out.
    I think the water sensor gets dirty and when water hits it, it acts almost like wet mud and keeps on pumping until it dries up. It's only a mater of time until rule upgrades it or goes back to the older styles....I hope.

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    1.0

    Avoid this product - unreliable

    By Capt. Ralph

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

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          I installed two in the spring of 2014. One year later and one pump now runs continuously. Fortunately I have battery chargers or it would have run my batteries down.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          RULE RUBBISH

          By Jon Carson

          from Australia

          About Me Advanced

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            Cons

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                I arrived at my boat after a 4 week period to find my 30 Timber Cruiser nearly sinking. THE BILGE DID NOT TURN OFF. FLATTENED THE BATTERY.ONLY 4 MONTHS OLD. I HAD WATER HALF WAY UP MY OLD DIESEL MOTOR. There are so many of this complaint on this forum...RULE, how can you conscientiously sell this rubbish. DO NOT BUY RULE 1100. I'm getting a refund and buying something that works properly. I'm on Facebook tonight to bag this garbage. THROW IT IN THE BIN. And don't write to me RULE with a form paragraph about your 3 year warranty. It would have been useless if my boat sunk.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                don"t waste your money

                By big nasty

                from deltaville va.

                About Me Advanced

                Pros

                • None

                Cons

                • The Whole Thing

                Best Uses

                • Door Stop

                this is the 2nd pump thats gone bad, 1st pump cost me over 3000 then it failed and my boat sank at the dock!with 50 hours on a new motor!put 2nd one in cause i had made a bracket to fit it and was keeping boat on a lift. just dropped off lift and it rained over nite. and found this am it full of water!#2 gone bad!total cost to me using these pumps around 3500 bucks! they are junk!p.s. had just installed a brand new battery!

                 
                1.0

                Killed three batterys at $380.00 each !

                By Sweet Dream

                from Whidbey Island WA

                About Me Professional

                Pros

                • Easy To Install

                Cons

                • Spendy Mistake

                Best Uses

                • Boat Sinker

                I have the same issues that have been posted since 2011 !
                After killing three batteries at about $380.00 each I have found that the pump runs on almost contiuosly or untill the batteries have died !
                A $1500.00 lesson is a hard one and a sunk boat would be worse !
                A working bilge pump and three new AGM's will fix it right !
                THIS PRODUCT HAS BEEN A KNOWN DEFECT FOR THREE YEARS AND RULE KEEPS SELLING THEM !

                 
                1.0

                RM500A Rule Pump

                By Skip

                from New Smyrna Beach

                About Me Professional

                Verified Reviewer

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                      This pump failed after a year. Will take it back to WM to exchange. Unfortunately I'm sure I will have to take the exact one again.

                      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Product

                      By Tim

                      from St. Pete Beach, FL

                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Install
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Clean

                      Best Uses

                        This Product is great. works great everytime. Looking at the other reviews I've had these issues but these issues was due to a fine film of oil in the bilge. The manual states this will prevent the pump from turning on. Great environmentally friendly feature. I pulled up the floor boards and scrubbed the hull with degreaser and never had a problem. Pump also will not shut off if it is wired incorrectly. There is a polarity warning. If polarity is reversed you will fry the solid state switch. I am on my 4th year with the one I have now and works with no issues. I love it and will def buy another one in the future.

                        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        RULE 1100 AUTO BILGE PUMP

                        By CHANNEL ISLANDS BOATER

                        from CHANNEL ISLANDS, CA.

                        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                        Pros

                        • 6 Yrs And Still Works
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Install
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            SOUNDS LIKE YOU GUYS HAVE INSTALLED IT INCORRECTLY.TRY ABOVE WATERLINE AND BACKFLOW VALVE

                             
                            1.0

                            Did not work.

                            By Michael

                            from Ingleside, Texas

                            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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                                  I went through three of the 750 gpm automatic pumps before giving up and buying an Attwood automatic pump with a float switch that worked immediately and continues to work. These Rule pumps have profound problems sensing rising water and can sink your boat.

                                   
                                  1.0

                                  Will NOT Work In Automatic Mode

                                  By Jon B.

                                  from Syracuse, NY

                                  About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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                                        Purchased the 750 gph unit for my main bilge pump. From day one, it did not work in the automatic mode......would not turn on with a foot of clean water over the top of it. Works in manual mode and when you hold the test button for 5 seconds but NOT IN THE AUTOMATIC MODE!!
                                        Worthless to me!!!! Was going to exchange but read the many problematic reviews. Can not trust this unit for a main bilge pump. Going to try an Attwood pump.

                                         
                                        1.0

                                        Rule-Mate fully automatic pumps are bad

                                        By L in Galveston

                                        from Galveston, Tx

                                        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                          • Flimsy

                                          Best Uses

                                            The 750 GPM Automatic pumps are terrible. 18 months ago I had 3 installed. After 10 months 1 failed. I am replacing the other 2 next week. JUNK!! Very disappointed in Rule!

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