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Bilge Pump Float Switch

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Model # 13997945 | Mfg # 2601WM

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

Dimensions 3" Width x 2" Height x 4" Length
Type Rolling-Ball Float
Warranty Details Three Years

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
West Marine Bilge Pump Float Switch
 
3.3

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (6), Casual do-it-yourselfer (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works as expected

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Does not work as designed

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...Read complete review

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.

Reviewed by 12 customers

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1.0

Does not work! At all!

By Markus

from Florida

About Me Professional

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • None

Cons

  • Does not work

Best Uses

  • None

Comments about West Marine Bilge Pump Float Switch:

Bought this for a bilge. Tested in a test chamber. Water completely submerged the unit, and it did not come on.

Note: Touched the unit then it came on, so in rough waters where the unit is bouncing around it may work. However, at a dock? Yeah, no work.

Service and delivery comments:

Delivery is great, love West Marine.

 
3.0

Ehh. It's ok

By Captain Brad

from Long beach , ca

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Easy To Install
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • doesn't always float

Best Uses

  • Boat bilge

Comments about West Marine Bilge Pump Float Switch:

There is a weighted ball inside the float. Sometimes it's too heavy and it doesn't always float to turn the pump on. A rock of the boat will help it float up.

 
5.0

Float Switch.....

By Cruzinchris

from Santa Cruz, CA

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about West Marine Bilge Pump Float Switch:

      Needed a new float switch for my CAL 31 sailboat. This one was the cheapest on the rack. Seems to be of good quality and does the job.

       
      5.0

      Simple and works like a champ

      By Baja Phil

      from Hermosa Beach, California

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about West Marine Bilge Pump Float Switch:

          Easy to install. Wires were nice and long, allowing you to get them out of the bilge if desired.

           
          1.0

          Short lived

          By Smith

          from Panama City FL

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Failed

            Best Uses

              Comments about West Marine 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 West Marine 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 West Marine 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 West Marine Bilge Pump Float Switch:

                        Easy to wire, Mounts on pump.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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 West Marine 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 West Marine 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.

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