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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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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (20)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Durable (8)
  • Attractive (3)

Cons

  • Flimsy (4)

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      • Avid do-it-yourselfer (25), Professional (16), Casual do-it-yourselfer (5)

    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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    Not What I Expected

    Installed the model 25S (500 GPH) on my sailboat. Pumps water just fine. My issue is that the "automatic" feature works by running the pump EVERY 2 1/2...Read complete review

    Installed the model 25S (500 GPH) on my sailboat. Pumps water just fine. My issue is that the "automatic" feature works by running the pump EVERY 2 1/2 MINUTES, for just a second. If it encounters water, it will continue to pump until dry. If no water, it shuts off after 1 second. Not only does this slowly drain the battery, it is darn annoying to listen to when you are on the boat. This feature is not mentioned anywhere on the package, only when you open it and read the insert. I'm returning this.

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    1.0

    RM500A Rule Pump

    By Skip

    from New Smyrna Beach

    About Me Professional

    Verified Reviewer

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      Cons

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          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.

           
          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

            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

              Best Uses

                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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                  Cons

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                      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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                            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.

                             
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                            Will NOT Work In Automatic Mode

                            By Jon B.

                            from Syracuse, NY

                            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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                                  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

                                      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!

                                       
                                      1.0

                                      PIECE OF BILGE SCUM

                                      By REELRIOT

                                      from FLORIDA

                                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                                      Pros

                                      • Junk

                                      Cons

                                      • Junk

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Throw It Overboard

                                      TWO WEEKS AND IT WON'T SHUT OFF IN AUTO MODE. GOOD THING I HAVE AN AUTO CHARGER. STAY AWAY FROM THESE. NOT GOOD AND THE 1100 WAS $100. WORTH NOTHING. NOT DEPENDABLE, KILLS THE BATTERY AND SHOULD BE THROWN IN THE GARBAGE..........

                                       
                                      1.0

                                      Three times!! Still problems

                                      By Mike

                                      from San Diego

                                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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                                            Comments about Rule Mate Fully Automatic Bilge Pumps:

                                            What should I do? I thought I bought a good one!!! I have replaced it twice under warranty. After 2 months use , it wont shut off, Again!!!

                                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
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                                            Flawed design

                                            By Midnav

                                            from Palm city fla

                                            About Me Professional

                                            Verified Reviewer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Install

                                            Cons

                                            • Won't shut off

                                            Best Uses

                                            • None

                                            Comments about Rule Mate Fully Automatic Bilge Pumps:

                                            This unit is designed to shut off when the circuitry within detects that there is no load on the impeller. The problem is the water that remains in the discharge hose has enough head pressure to load the impeller. So it just runs and runs.
                                            What a waste of my time installing and then removing to return it for a refund..
                                            I will always read reviews before purchasing from now on.

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