It is sand and other foreign material inside pumps that destroys them. Use a pump with a filter, and regularly clean and lubricate both the filter and the pump internals. Lubricating a pump without first cleaning it merely increases the grinding effect inside the pump.Peter_Frank wrote: ↑Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:23 pmVery odd you and friends havent experienced pumps wearing out...dice wrote: ↑Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:24 amHow do you wear them out that quickly?Ozone Kites AUS wrote: ↑Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:32 amNothing here. I'm just frustrated that the pumps we are all using are actually really crap, poorly designed to last only a season or so (depends on how often you kite). I clean and lube my pumps frequently too! But even with regular cleaning, I'm lucky to get through a season without going through at least 2 pumps.
Mine is 10yrs old, never cleaned, regularly used on sandy beaches.
Same for my friends, they all have old pumps that are never cleaned and still work fine.
Maybe different conditions and sand than most others, or you dont ride when close to the freezing point?
I've had pumps from many brands, and all of them has worn out...
About one year, and they get "less perfect", and on the second year they start to get worse and worse.
EVEN when you take care of them - I always stove them away when out, so they are not in the sand blowing on the beach, and, based on experience if you dont, I lube them regularly which at least doubles their lifetime, also try not to pump too fast as this is no good for the pumps either, and sometimes I clean them too.
Other riders here have had pumps that lasts longer, but they dont ride very often...
I am out more than 260 session per year, approximately 300 kites are pumped each year, roughly.
And NO pump of the different ones will last, unfortunately, they get less perfect after a year or so, meaning typically the double pump action deteriorates at first, slowly.
They dont cost much so easy to buy a new one, but you are right, it would be nice to have some that lasts - I would gladly pay the double amount for one
Vintage, and subsequent quality control is the main issue that I have found with pumps. Given the exact same mold, some years lasted forever, some years blew out within the first few sessions.rickythecat wrote: ↑Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:16 pmCould the problem be the maintenance?
To address a few of the previous situations, 1) I also am pumping up my kites probably over 200 times a year. 2) 90% of those at near or below freezing temps. 3) Have NEVER maintained my pump. My pump, 4 years old, still works fine.
Hacksaw, skateboard, and trainer kite, and I should be good to clear all the light poles from the Walmart parking lot and go kite skating without ever having to get sand from the dead center of the US, all over my bedding in my van.