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Bilge Pump Float Switch

$25.99

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Model # 13997945 | Mfg # 2601WM
Limited availability.

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

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
 
3.1

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

62%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (6), Casual do-it-yourselfer (4), Professional (3)

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 13 customers

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

GARBAGE

By N/A

from TAMPA,FL.

About Me Professional

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Install

Cons

  • GREAT IF YOU WANT YOUR BOAT SUNK

Best Uses

    Comments about West Marine Bilge Pump Float Switch:

    WORKED GREAT FOR A WEEK . WAS OUT FISHING BOAT WOULD NOT COME OUT OF THE WATER

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

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