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    Greetings all,

    My well pump went out this week and I need to have it replaced. It's 280ft deep. I have a quote for a new Gould pump (1.5hp) and controller @ $1200.00 and labor @ $150/hr. Does this sound like it's in the ball park or should I shop around. Any input is appreciated, thanks.

    Scott

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    I would think that is in the ballpark Scott. The gallon per minute of the pump has a lot to do with the price. The smaller number the more it costs. As in 5 gallon per minute is much more than a 20 gallon per minute pump.

    Our swap out price on a 1hp 20 gallon per minute here in Florida is $1195.00. This price includes the rig labor, submersible pump cable and the pump of coarse. The pumps here are hung anywhere from 21' to 168'.

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    Bob, thanks for the reply. I'm looking at a 10gpm pump. Your deal sounds alot more affordable than what I'm seeing here in Washington. My quote so far is looking like:
    pump & controller = $1200
    Labor $150/hr*5hrs = $750
    plus misc fittings, well seal, wire....
    I could be looking at $2000 - $3000
    Thanks again,

    Scott

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    Why such a large pump for only 260-270'? What's your elevation above sea level?

    Here in PA someone suggesting pricing the job that way might be shot!! Just joking, but then it depends on how far out in da woods! The price for the pump is good, but $150/hr says your drop pipe must be on galvanized. Here it would be PE tubing or sch 80 PVC so we wouldn't need a derrick truck down to 500'. And we wouldn't replace the cable unless there was a proven need to. My pump puller machine sits on the top of the casing and hauls at 50'/minute from 500' or a max of 625 lbs..

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    We're at least 300' above sea level. Yes, the pipe is galvanized, house was built in 1969 so everythings getting old. We may replace the old piping while were at it. Cable is a drop in the bucket and we need to run a ground down to the motor anyway. Whoever did it before only ran three conductor wire down to the motor.

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    To make you feel better, a Myers 1.5hp 12 gallon per minute lists at just under $1200.00.

    I always replace the wire no matter what shape it's in, cheap insurance. What I might question is the 5 hours. With a pump hoist properly equipped it shouldn't take that long. If he replaces the pipe all the way down with new galvanized that would seem more realistic. I stack galvanized pipe up through a hoop at the top of my boom at 42 feet. This way we only have to disassemble every other joint. And we don't lay the pipe down in the grass where the dogs have been doing... well you know. Makes the job go much faster. I guess that's why we don't charge by the hour for small pumps.

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    To Scotworthy, The National Electric Code Nomenclature for cable includes only the conductors, not the ground. So if you say you have 3-wire cable it means 3 wires plus a ground cable. Even if you had a total of three wires you could run either 120 volts or 240 volts two pole on two wires and use the third wire as the ground. The only alternative I can think of is if you have three phase power to your pump, in which case, yes, you would need a fourth wire.

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    To Speedbump Bob, I am new and see all your posts, thus ask with humility for clarification befitting a child: I am confused by the cost arithmetic. Why would a pump which uses more power to pump more water, thus with a bigger number, let's say 100 gpm, be cheaper than a pump with a smaller number, let's say one gpm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scotworthy View Post
    Greetings all,

    My well pump went out this week and I need to have it replaced. It's 280ft deep. I have a quote for a new Gould pump (1.5hp) and controller @ $1200.00 and labor @ $150/hr. Does this sound like it's in the ball park or should I shop around. Any input is appreciated, thanks.

    Scott
    New 1 hp 10 gpm Goulds, installed on your pipe and cable $995 plus tax. Includes labor. Need new pipe? Sch 80 Eagle Brand PVC, add .70 per ft. Couplings $1 each. Cable for the Goulds 2 wire pump---add another .70 ft. Goulds will have a Franklin Motor. LB
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    I am looking at a 1/2hp 3 wire submersible pump for my 100ft well. My local contractor is wanting $1700 for the job. Another told me they wouldn't do it for less than $1500. They replaced the check valve on the pump a few months ago and it took them no more than 2 hrs. I have priced pumps and they seem to run around $600. From what I understand there is nothing special about my set up. It has the soft black plastic pipe that is in good shape, the wireing is good and it has a crowes foot connection. Am I missing something that a company could charge $500 an hour for labor for this job?
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    First of all, I like two wire motors better than three wire motors. A pump man that uses three wire motors is not educated in the fact that two wire motors outlast three wire motors.

    He does seem a little bit high, but if he replaced the check valve, why didn't he just replace the whole pump then instead of double dipping.

    We get around $1395.00 to swap out a 1/2hp sub and we include new wire from top to bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedbump View Post
    First of all, I like two wire motors better than three wire motors. A pump man that uses three wire motors is not educated in the fact that two wire motors outlast three wire motors.
    Hey I like 3 wire motors. I think they have better starting torque in areas with sand in the water. Here we have more problems with 2 wire motors. I think it is a matter of which area you are in, and personal preference.

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    Hey I like 3 wire motors. I think they have better starting torque in areas with sand in the water.
    But three wire motors have a biac switch which will reverse the start direction back and forth to try and dislodge the stuck motor/pump. The three wire won't do that.

    We don't have enough sandy wells in our area to really give them a good test. We only have a few shoddy drillers that cheap out on casing that usually ends up in a sandy well.

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