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Old 08-01-2016, 11:08 AM   #1
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Bought this product a couple years and never used it until this weekend. Was very impressed with the machining and qaulity.

While filling my airplane with gasoline the pump started to slow Down and it got really hot with some smoke. Pulled it apart today and the pump was fine. Pulled the cheap, crappy $2 dollar electric motor out and put 6 volts to it and it started to glow.

I was using a 2 cell lipo pack to power the pump.

Going back to hand crank system as it is safer.
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Old 08-01-2016, 01:07 PM   #2
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Re: Sea craft red fuel pump warning

Good to know, thanks for the info. I keep thinking I should get something electric so I'm not cranking the pump 75 times to fill a tank but I guess it's not all that bad!
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Old 08-01-2016, 04:52 PM   #3
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Bought this product a couple years and never used it until this weekend. Was very impressed with the machining and qaulity.

While filling my airplane with gasoline the pump started to slow Down and it got really hot with some smoke. Pulled it apart today and the pump was fine. Pulled the cheap, crappy $2 dollar electric motor out and put 6 volts to it and it started to glow.

I was using a 2 cell lipo pack to power the pump.

Going back to hand crank system as it is safer.
They made two fuel pumps , one for nitro and the others for gasoline, kerosene .... At least at one time depending on pump version.

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Old 08-01-2016, 05:33 PM   #4
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Re: Sea craft red fuel pump warning

This one was for everything
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Re: Sea craft red fuel pump warning

Had an issue with a turbine fuel pump ($275 cad worth) after sitting around for about 2-3 years..... Would hardly turn. If I had left battery on , it would have burned out likely. Ended up taking the end plate off to get gears turning. Then did a half hour running ; recirculating kerosene thru a filter and works fine now.
Surprised that you had an issue with Secraft as they are pretty much quality stuff. I know motors can look pretty cheap as they are pretty basic and not meant to look classy when in a pump casing . sorry to hear of the issue but have you contacted Secraft to see what they had to say ?
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Bought this product a couple years and never used it until this weekend. Was very impressed with the machining and qaulity.

While filling my airplane with gasoline the pump started to slow Down and it got really hot with some smoke. Pulled it apart today and the pump was fine. Pulled the cheap, crappy $2 dollar electric motor out and put 6 volts to it and it started to glow.

I was using a 2 cell lipo pack to power the pump.

Going back to hand crank system as it is safer.
Same thing happened to me after 18months use of seacraft V2 pump. Slowed down over 5 flights and died. Talked to CDN vendor I bought it from and asked if this was why seacraft had released a v3 less than one year after the v2. Dealer offered me nothing.

I also opened mine up. While the aluminum machining and fit and finish is awesome, the motor that they use is a joke!

The seacraft pump was my second pump. I already had a jersey modeller pump that had run 3yrs. So jersey got my money for a replacement. Jersey also offer a replacement motor kit and you can buy the motor pump to fix your seacraft tank.

Since the death of my V2, I know of 3 other flyer who had seacrafts that died and all went to Jersey.

While seacraft does make some really nice shiney bling, I won't ever buy or recommend anything they make that requires electricity!
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Re: Sea craft red fuel pump warning

I have the red Seacraft pump as well but mine has been bullet proof. Would not hesitate to buy another. Some kind of manufacturing problem with whoever supplied the electric motor to Seacraft??
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I have the red Seacraft pump as well but mine has been bullet proof. Would not hesitate to buy another. Some kind of manufacturing problem with whoever supplied the electric motor to Seacraft??
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. sorry to hear of the issue but have you contacted Secraft to see what they had to say ?
Nope didn't contact Seacraft or thunderbolt as I let it sit for a year or so without using it. I don't expect anything in warranty because of the length I didn't use it. but electric motors don't go bad sitting around doing nothing
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Re: Sea craft red fuel pump warning

Well maybe in that case it could have been a bad batch of motors in the V2. I think Esprite has a listing of a replacement motor. I use the Jersey also and know of guys that pump a lot of fuel (turbines) and they look well used.

I would still contact Secraft and explain the situation and see what they have to say. They may not want the bad publicity.... Would give them a chance to correct , but I would try a nice approach and see what happens.
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