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Fairbanks-Morse Pump Jack

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Old 05-23-2005, 03:18:53 PM
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Can Anyone give me any information on this “Pump Jack?”

When were these made?
What were they used for? (It seems to be to rugged to be used for just pumping water.)

Weight: 133 Lbs (Cast Iron).
Height: 17” with cover.
Width at base: 9”
Belt Drive Wheel diam: 15”, Belt face 2-3/4”
Accessory mounting area: 4” circular. Holes for 2 bolts/nuts

Casting Identifiers:
Fairbanks-Morse Chicago No. 6 D.W. Head (D.W.= Deep Well???) Serial No.:259925

It takes seven (7) complete turns of the drive wheel to complete one up-down stroke. Verticle stroke is 6” (straight up and down – no arc).

I contacted Fairbanks Morse, Chicago Office via their web site and they say they have no info on this item.

It was completely frozen (rust, dirt, etc.) when I acquired it. There was also a lot of nesting material in the case (mice?). It took several days and a lot of Liquid Wrench to loosen the first part. Once the first part was loose, I was able to disassemble the rest of the innards without too much trouble. The (original?) paint (what there was of it) looked like it was a deep grey-green. Couldn’t find anything like it in any store so I painted it an Army Olive Drab.

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Old 05-24-2005, 09:45:32 AM
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Default Re: Fairbanks-Morse Pump Jack

Hello Rick

That is indeed a Deep Well Pump Jack. I have a simular jack that we got from a complete well system 196' of lift rod and all of the valves that were inside the pipe.

Send me an email and I will send you some photos of the valves and such that were in the well pipe.

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Old 05-24-2005, 10:27:04 PM
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Default Re: Fairbanks-Morse Pump Jack

Thank you for answering. I was begining to think I hadthe only one in the world....
No one in our club "Power from the Past" Tucson AZ ever saw one.
Do you know who I could contact to give me some info on it?
When were they built?
What were the primarily used for?
What was the original paint coloring?
What actual apperatus did it drive? The semicircular mounting hole is 4" in diameter under the jack arm. What actually went in there?
The serial no. on this one is: 259925. I would like to know how they were numbered. (are there actually 259000++ No 6 DW Heads out there??)

Do you have any answers?

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Old 05-24-2005, 10:42:54 PM
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Default Re: Fairbanks-Morse Pump Jack

I gave one to a buddy of mine about a year ago. It's a little bit different than yours. I'll get some pictures of it tomarrow, and post them.

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