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Old 05-02-2016, 12:51 PM
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School me on ballast pumps

Currently looking for first gen xstar/x2. From what i gather early 2001-2002s had aerator and 03 or 04 went to reversible pumps. So my question is how involved is switching the pumps for reversible and what kind of plumbing issues are there?
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Old 05-02-2016, 03:35 PM
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Some great info here: https://www.wakemakers.com/resources...system-design/

Nothing wrong with having aerators if they are already plumbed in and working. Mine work great and it's easy to tell when the bags are empty.
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Old 05-02-2016, 04:00 PM
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Some great info here: https://www.wakemakers.com/resources...system-design/

Nothing wrong with having aerators if they are already plumbed in and working. Mine work great and it's easy to tell when the bags are empty.
Thanks jayhawk. Are they really faster than reversibles?
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Old 05-02-2016, 04:13 PM
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Probably. I don't know the specs on the reversible pumps, but I'm thinking around 720 GPH, while the aerators are 1000-1200 GPH. Hose diameter would also be a factor. If one of mine were to fail, I wouldn't hesitate to replace it with another aerator.
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Old 05-02-2016, 04:28 PM
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The article Jayhawk posted explains the differences well. I've seen people on here frustrated with the aerator and switching to reversible. I think the no self priming on the aerator is the biggest frustration factor. You can get either pump type in the 700 GPH ballpark with 1" tubing. There are aerator models that go higher than that but will require 1 1/8 or 1 1/2 to do so.

Personally for plumed I'd go reversible. For a quick throw over the size aerator all day.
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Old 05-02-2016, 04:45 PM
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My 02, has the reversible pumps.
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