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WEST MARINE Bilge Pump Float Switch

Model # 13997945Mfg # 2601WM

$24.99

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Product Description

Safer than mercury switches, this switch utilizes a mercury-free rolling ball mechanism and includes an exclusive anti-spike feature to prevent the rapid on/off cycling encountered with some switches. Made of rugged thermoplastic. Universal design works with all 12V, 24V and 32V bilge pumps.

  • Switch Type: Rolling-ball float
  • Maximum Amperage: 15A
  • Dimensions: 4"L x 3"W x 2"H
  • Warranty: Three years

Specs

Bilge Pump Float Switch

Type Rolling-Ball Float
Warranty Details Three Years

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West MarineBilge Pump Float Switch
 
3.1

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (2)

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    (3)

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    (3)

63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual do-it-yourselfer (4), Avid do-it-yourselfer (3)

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1.0

Short lived

By Smith

from Panama City FL

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros

    Cons

    • Failed

    Best Uses

      Comments about Bilge Pump Float Switch:

      Installed. Dry run check good. 5 days later after heavy rains, float under water and was stuck in down position. unstuck. pumped out water and all found no issues. 5 days later after heavy rains again. float was under water again but was in the up position and no pump. wired in a solid state switch pump worked. ohm out switch. bad. retired its short life to trash. first and last time using this switch.

       
      4.0

      Works fine right now

      By Coldfoot

      from Gig Harbor

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bilge

        Comments about Bilge Pump Float Switch:

        Just make sure that you zip tie the wires away from the full travel of the float switch. If the wires get in the way it could keep the switch activated.

         
        4.0

        Works great

        By Rick R

        from Grand haven mi

        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Bilge Pump Float Switch:

            It works great

             
            5.0

            Classic style float switch

            By Jim

            from Keyport, NJ

            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Bilge Pump Float Switch:

                Easy to wire, Mounts on pump.

                 
                4.0

                Works as expected

                By GPS Michigan

                from Kenosha, WI

                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Bilge Pump Float Switch:

                    Bought this to replace Rule-A-Matic switches that kept failing. Not as clever a mount as the Rule-A-Matic, but at least this one works. Switch does have to be near vertical to activate, but that's fine for my bilge. Also made sure it activates even with very slow/gradual fill, so no concerns there.

                     
                    1.0

                    Requires to much water to activate

                    By Lake Kahuna

                    from Lake Saint Louis, MO

                    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Bilge Pump Float Switch:

                        When installing a new bilge pumb, I purchased this switch at the suggestion of the sales person at West Marine, after asking which of the available switches would activate with the lowest water levels. Either he was mistaken, the switch I purchased was defective, or the design is very poor. After installing a new bilge pump and this switch, I tested to ensure the switch would activate the pump when the switch "floated". I did this by manually raising the float, rather than filling my boat with water. My tests indicated that this switch would not activate until the float was fully vertical (straight up and down). Nothing less seemed to work. Of course, this would require way more water than a switch that would activate when floated just a little beyond horizontal, and way more than I want in my boat. To West Marine's credit, I was able to return the item without issue. However, I suspect there were better options available, and would have perferred to be directed to one of those rather than having to make the long drive back and forth to West Marine to sort this out.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Works fine

                        By SV Hound

                        from NJ

                        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Install

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Bilge Pump Control

                          Comments about Bilge Pump Float Switch:

                          Robustly designed. Used it to replace a failed Rule switch as it looked as good and better value.
                          It worked under test. I do not get much water in the bilge so only time will tell.

                          Service and delivery comments:

                          Prompt delivery, well packed and everything satisfactory.

                          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Does not work as designed

                          By Jordan the Industrial Engineer

                          from Wisconsin

                          About Me Professional

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Your Boat Will Sink

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Bilge Pump Float Switch:

                              The quality of this float switch is unacceptable. It does not work as it is designed. It is unbelievably cheap and consists of a plastic assembly that houses a ball bearing that rolls to hit a microswitch. The ball bearing needs to have enough force to actuate the switch. If the water level rises gradually... like it would in nearly every case, and assuming that the float has enough boyancy to overcome the poor construction and rigid cables... which it does not, the device will still not switch because it needs a slamming action to work. I will not be installing this in my boat.

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