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RULE INDUSTRIES 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

Customer Reviews
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.

$109.99

Rule-Mate 500, 12V, 1.9A Draw, 3/4" Port, 4.5"H x 6"W 10947414 RM500A
In stock online.

$69.99

Rule-Mate 750, 12V, 2.7A Draw, 3/4" Port, 4.5"H x 6"W 10947422 RM750A
In stock online.

$89.99

Product Description

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

Specs

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Rule Industries Rule-mate 500, 12v, 1.9a Draw, 3/4" Port, 4.5"h X 6"w
 
1.6

(based on 68 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to install (29)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Durable (9)
  • Attractive (7)

Cons

  • Flimsy (6)
  • Difficult to clean (3)

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      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid do-it-yourselfer (36), Professional (18), Casual do-it-yourselfer (7)

    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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    1.0

    RULE RUBBISH

    By Jon Carson

    from Australia

    About Me Advanced

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          Comments about Rule Industries Rule-mate 500, 12v, 1.9a Draw, 3/4" Port, 4.5"h X 6"w:

          I arrived at my boat after a 4 week period to find my 30 Timber Cruiser nearly sinking. THE BILGE DID NOT TURN OFF. FLATTENED THE BATTERY.ONLY 4 MONTHS OLD. I HAD WATER HALF WAY UP MY OLD DIESEL MOTOR. There are so many of this complaint on this forum...RULE, how can you conscientiously sell this rubbish. DO NOT BUY RULE 1100. I'm getting a refund and buying something that works properly. I'm on Facebook tonight to bag this garbage. THROW IT IN THE BIN. And don't write to me RULE with a form paragraph about your 3 year warranty. It would have been useless if my boat sunk.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          don"t waste your money

          By big nasty

          from deltaville va.

          About Me Advanced

          Pros

          • None

          Cons

          • The Whole Thing

          Best Uses

          • Door Stop

          Comments about Rule Industries Rule-mate 500, 12v, 1.9a Draw, 3/4" Port, 4.5"h X 6"w:

          this is the 2nd pump thats gone bad, 1st pump cost me over 3000 then it failed and my boat sank at the dock!with 50 hours on a new motor!put 2nd one in cause i had made a bracket to fit it and was keeping boat on a lift. just dropped off lift and it rained over nite. and found this am it full of water!#2 gone bad!total cost to me using these pumps around 3500 bucks! they are junk!p.s. had just installed a brand new battery!

           
          1.0

          Killed three batterys at $380.00 each !

          By Sweet Dream

          from Whidbey Island WA

          About Me Professional

          Pros

          • Easy To Install

          Cons

          • Spendy Mistake

          Best Uses

          • Boat Sinker

          Comments about Rule Industries Rule-mate 500, 12v, 1.9a Draw, 3/4" Port, 4.5"h X 6"w:

          I have the same issues that have been posted since 2011 !
          After killing three batteries at about $380.00 each I have found that the pump runs on almost contiuosly or untill the batteries have died !
          A $1500.00 lesson is a hard one and a sunk boat would be worse !
          A working bilge pump and three new AGM's will fix it right !
          THIS PRODUCT HAS BEEN A KNOWN DEFECT FOR THREE YEARS AND RULE KEEPS SELLING THEM !

           
          1.0

          RM500A Rule Pump

          By Skip

          from New Smyrna Beach

          About Me Professional

          Verified Reviewer

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                Comments about Rule Industries Rule-mate 500, 12v, 1.9a Draw, 3/4" Port, 4.5"h X 6"w:

                This pump failed after a year. Will take it back to WM to exchange. Unfortunately I'm sure I will have to take the exact one again.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Product

                By Tim

                from St. Pete Beach, FL

                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Durable
                • Easy To Install
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Difficult To Clean

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Rule Industries Rule-mate 500, 12v, 1.9a Draw, 3/4" Port, 4.5"h X 6"w:

                  This Product is great. works great everytime. Looking at the other reviews I've had these issues but these issues was due to a fine film of oil in the bilge. The manual states this will prevent the pump from turning on. Great environmentally friendly feature. I pulled up the floor boards and scrubbed the hull with degreaser and never had a problem. Pump also will not shut off if it is wired incorrectly. There is a polarity warning. If polarity is reversed you will fry the solid state switch. I am on my 4th year with the one I have now and works with no issues. I love it and will def buy another one in the future.

                   
                  5.0

                  RULE 1100 AUTO BILGE PUMP

                  By CHANNEL ISLANDS BOATER

                  from CHANNEL ISLANDS, CA.

                  About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Pros

                  • 6 Yrs And Still Works
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Install
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

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                      Comments about Rule Industries Rule-mate 500, 12v, 1.9a Draw, 3/4" Port, 4.5"h X 6"w:

                      SOUNDS LIKE YOU GUYS HAVE INSTALLED IT INCORRECTLY.TRY ABOVE WATERLINE AND BACKFLOW VALVE

                       
                      1.0

                      Rule Mate 500 defective product

                      By that sinking feeling

                      from Fort Myers, FL

                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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                            Comments about Rule Industries Rule-mate 500, 12v, 1.9a Draw, 3/4" Port, 4.5"h X 6"w:

                            As common, it stopped shutting off after about a year. Called the 800 number to be told they know of the problem - it's very common, take it to the store. Removed and took it to the store with receipt information, to be told this product normally fails within 2 years, too bad - go away, we only talk to you if you bought the extended warranty. The manufacturer 2 year warranty is not honored by the stores. New pump was purchased, but not from West.

                             
                            1.0

                            Did not work.

                            By Michael

                            from Ingleside, Texas

                            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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                                  Comments about Rule Industries Rule-mate 500, 12v, 1.9a Draw, 3/4" Port, 4.5"h X 6"w:

                                  I went through three of the 750 gpm automatic pumps before giving up and buying an Attwood automatic pump with a float switch that worked immediately and continues to work. These Rule pumps have profound problems sensing rising water and can sink your boat.

                                   
                                  1.0

                                  Will NOT Work In Automatic Mode

                                  By Jon B.

                                  from Syracuse, NY

                                  About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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                                        Comments about Rule Industries Rule-mate 500, 12v, 1.9a Draw, 3/4" Port, 4.5"h X 6"w:

                                        Purchased the 750 gph unit for my main bilge pump. From day one, it did not work in the automatic mode......would not turn on with a foot of clean water over the top of it. Works in manual mode and when you hold the test button for 5 seconds but NOT IN THE AUTOMATIC MODE!!
                                        Worthless to me!!!! Was going to exchange but read the many problematic reviews. Can not trust this unit for a main bilge pump. Going to try an Attwood pump.

                                         
                                        1.0

                                        Rule-Mate fully automatic pumps are bad

                                        By L in Galveston

                                        from Galveston, Tx

                                        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                          • Flimsy

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Rule Industries Rule-mate 500, 12v, 1.9a Draw, 3/4" Port, 4.5"h X 6"w:

                                            The 750 GPM Automatic pumps are terrible. 18 months ago I had 3 installed. After 10 months 1 failed. I am replacing the other 2 next week. JUNK!! Very disappointed in Rule!

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