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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

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.

$119.99

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Rule-Mate 500, 12V, 1.9A Draw, 3/4" Port, 4.5"H x 6"W 10947414 RM500A
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$64.99

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Rule-Mate 750, 12V, 2.7A Draw, 3/4" Port, 4.5"H x 6"W 10947422 RM750A
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$89.99

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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

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2.1

(based on 91 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (63)

28%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (29)
  • Good performance (14)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Quiet (13)
  • Reliable (11)

Cons

  • Flimsy (6)
  • Poor design (4)
  • Difficult to clean (3)

Best Uses

  • Small boats (10)
  • Personal crafts (5)
  • Large boats (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (35), Professional (20), Advanced (16), Casual/ recreational (7), Casual do-it-yourselfer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22)

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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5.0

Works well, super easy installation

By Chase

from Marina Del Rey

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Performance
  • Quiet
  • Reliable
  • Weather Resistant

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Boats

    Comments about Rule-Mate Fully Automatic Bilge Pumps:

    I replaced two existing bilge pumps midships. They work well in tandem with each other as one feeds the other. Very easy to install. So easy a 12 year old could do it. No 12 year olds around so I did it myself!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    1.0

    Terrible pump!!!

    By PBM

    from Florida

    About Me Professional

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Poor Design

    Best Uses

      Comments about Rule-Mate Fully Automatic Bilge Pumps:

      In a classic wooden boat that takes on water continuously!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      DON'T BUY THIS PUMP

      By Finatic

      from Merritt Island FL

      About Me Advanced

      Comments about Rule-Mate Fully Automatic Bilge Pumps:

      Don't buy this pump, I bought 2 thinking automatic, very expensive unit would perform well. I have had nothing but problems with this pump. I keep one boat on the trailer and the other on a lift, I constantly have to pull them out at least once a month and spray them and wipe them down in order for them to shut off. I kept the boat in the water for a week, I had to clean the pump twice in a week so that it would not run. Went to start the boat yesterday and the battery was dead, good thing I have a dual battery set up. Changing both to the tried and true float switch.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Junk, will eventually stay on or not come on at all.

      By Ryan

      from Va beach

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fish Tank

          Comments about Rule-Mate Fully Automatic Bilge Pumps:

          I have had problems with this junk since buying it last year. I am now looking to replace this Rule with something else. This unit is junk, just google any forum they all say the same.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Replacement pump wouldn't work!

          By LJR

          from FL

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Rule-Mate Fully Automatic Bilge Pumps:

          Used in flats boat

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great pump

          By Bostonhowie

          from Sarasota FL

          About Me Advanced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Performance
          • Quiet
          • Reliable
          • Weather Resistant

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Personal Crafts

            Comments about Rule-Mate Fully Automatic Bilge Pumps:

            Great pump last one lasted 8 years of heavy use. When it came time to change it, it was so easy I couldn't believe it

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            1.0

            Doesn't shut off

            By CA Dude

            from Alameda, CA

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about Rule-Mate Fully Automatic Bilge Pumps:

            Switch has proven faulty. Bidge gets water in it, pump turns on and drains water from bilge but then stays on draining battery unless manually reset by turning power off and then on again. Pump eventually burns out leaving boat unprotected.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            1.0

            Bad pumb Ive had 2 and both failed auto goes continously

            By Jimmy

            from Victoria BC

            About Me Advanced

            Pros

            • Weather Resistant

            Cons

            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

              Comments about Rule-Mate Fully Automatic Bilge Pumps:

              Don't buy auto pumbs

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Well built pump.

              By Mike

              from Babylon, NY 11702

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Performance
              • Quiet
              • Reliable
              • Weather Resistant

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Personal Crafts

                Comments about Rule-Mate Fully Automatic Bilge Pumps:

                Great product, but I found two areas I felt needed improvement. My previous pump had a simple on/off switch. This pump (having the float built in) has an additional wire (for manual override), which requires the installation of a three way switch, which cost me an additional $33. Secondly, the three wires coming from the pump were two short. It would have been better if they were each an additional 12 inches.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                excellent pump, great price

                By Tom

                from Arcadia Fl.

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Performance
                • Quiet
                • Reliable
                • Weather Resistant

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Small Boats

                  Comments about Rule-Mate Fully Automatic Bilge Pumps:

                  Price was great and the pump works way better than Atwood pump of same size.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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