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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

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West MarineBilge Pump Float Switch
 
2.3

(based on 3 reviews)

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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.

        (4 of 5 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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