Self Priming Pumps


A "self-priming" centrifugal pump overcomes the problem lifting water to the pump by mixing the air with a reservoir of water in the case (volute). This creates a frothy mix of air bubbles and water.
Note: There must be enough water to cover the eye of impeller for the pump to self prime. Even the best self primers must have water added to the casing at initial startup.
The water and air are discharged together by centrifugal action of the impeller into the water reservoir. The air, being lighter, rises while the water, being heavier, drops back into the case to be mixed with more air. This continues until all the air has been evacuated and and the pump becomes "Dynamic" or "primed".

Self-priming pumps are a sensible solution for industrial and municipal applications. They require very little attention, resulting in significant savings of maintenance time and money.
Gorman-Rupp self-priming centrifugal pumps are easy to install and easy to service. Because they're self-priming, they can be mounted high and dry at floor level with only the suction line in the liquid - there's never a need for service personnel to enter the sump. When service or maintenance is required, it can be completed easily with common hand tools. There are no long drive shafts to install and align, and no hoists or cranes are required.
Gorman-Rupp self-priming pumps are available as basic units for connection to your power source or may be flex-coupled, v-belt driven or engine mounted.

Automatic priming means dependable performance.
All that's needed is an initial priming and the pump will continue to reprime automatically. In fact, Gorman-Rupp's trash handling pumps will reprime with only a partially filled pump casing and a completely dry suction line!
A reputation for quality has made Gorman-Rupp the world's leader in self-priming centrifugal pumps.


Gorman-Rupp offers a range of efficient centrifugal pumps with few moving parts requiring minimal maintenance and service. These rugged pumps offer years of performance life.

Super T Series Self-Priming Centrifugal Pumps

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Self-priming centrifugal, heavy duty solids-handling, medium head pumps with reprime capability, and advanced design and maintenance features.  Now available with the optional Eradicator system to manage clogging.

Ultra V Series and UltraMate Self-Priming Centrifugal Pumps by Gorman-Rupp

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Self-priming centrifugal, heavy duty solids-handling, high head pumps with advanced design and maintenance features

Super U Series Self-Priming Centrifugal Pumps

Super U Series®

Self-priming centrifugal, limited solids-handling, high efficiency pumps with reprime capability, and advanced design and maintenance features

80 Series  Self-Priming Centrifugal Pumps

80 Series®

Self-priming centrifugal, end suction, limited solids, open impeller pumps for medium head applications

10 Series  Self-Priming Centrifugal Pumps

10 Series®

Self-priming centrifugal, end suction, heavy duty solids-handling pumps for medium head applications

O Series  Self-Priming Centrifugal Pumps

O Series®

Self-priming centrifugal, straight in suction, enclosed impeller, high head pumps for clean liquids

Shield-A-Spark  Self-Priming Centrifugal Pumps


Self-priming centrifugal pumps for handling flammable liquids

PA Series (Prime Aire) Priming Assisted Dry Prime Pumps

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Priming assisted, centrifugal, solids-handling pumps, venturi and compressor priming system for medium to high head contractor and bypass applications

berkeleyBERKELEY has stood for uncompromised quality and proven reliability. As BERKELEY has grown, so has its product line. Today BERKELEY leads the industry with the most comprehensive product lines available in the industry.


BS Self-Priming Trash Pump Series

Trash Pump Series

Available in 4", 6", and 8" discharge models.  Designed for economical, long-term operation.

Engine-Driven Self-Priming Pump Series


These engine-driven centrifugal pumps can be used where electrical power is not available.  Powerful 4-cycle gasoline engines get the job done faster and more efficiently.


Self-Prime Centrifugals

Self-Prime Centrifugals

All cast iron construction combined with a unique pump body design provide fast priming, easy service access, and dependable performance.



SSHM Self-Priming Multi-Stage Pump

 Multi-Stage Pump

Designed for minimal electrical consumption and quiet operation to produce the water volume and high-pressure needed to meet demanding applications.



SL and SLJ Series Cast Iron Convertible Jet Pumps

Jet Pumps

Offering easier priming and better range of performance from a complete line of jet well pumps capable of accessing wells up to 120' deep.



The Crane family of pump products provides versatility, high performance and unequaled value. For more than a century specifying essential applications from mining and wastewater to decorative fountain pumps found in the town square.

Self- Priming

Barnes and Burks self-priming pumps are designed to meet a broad range of general and special industrial applications. 

Solids Handling Self- Priming

Crown offers a broad range of engineered self-priming centrifugal pumps for a variety of light to heavy-duty applications. 


ICU & CCE Self- Priming Pumps- Barnes

Barnes self-priming pumps are designed to meet a broad range of general and special industrial applications. Base mounted models are available with motors up to 150 hp

B Self- Priming Pumps- Crown

Crown self-priming pumps are designed to meet a broad range of general and special industrial applications.