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Old 02-10-2013, 05:31 AM
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Irrigation power unit

Hi everyone, I am new to this forum and I have a question about using a 7.3 powerstoke to run an irrigation pump. I did a forum search and nothing came up about it. The pump and generator will need about 90 continuious hp at 1800 rpm. What would the best model years be for this application and what change and modifications? I am putting in a new center pivot and I need to pump twice as much water as my old system. My old power unit is a 401 amc on propane and I don't know if it will do the job and be reliable. What are your thoughts on using a 7.3?
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:27 AM
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Well, I'm sure it'd work.
You'd be 130-175HP @ 1800RPM.
7.3L Power Stroke Specs Graphs lower down the page.
Course, you'd need to keep up with oil changes constantly and have the air filter and cooling system set up. Need an alternator/battery system. Full wiring harness, PCM, IDM, all that good stuff.
It's not simple, but not hard.
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For an irrigation unit I highly suggest a mechanically injected engine. No computers to needed. Less issues to deal with. I do not know what 7.3 would work for you.

Is this pump electrically (motor) driven or engine driven?
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Welcome to the org.!

Interesting question.......
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:18 PM
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The pump is mechanically connected to the engine. The engine drives by belts a 480 volt 3 phase generator which powers electric motors that make the center pivot move. Having to use the computer controls does complicate things. I will have to look in the morning but it seems like my 2000 F350 is drive by wire.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:25 AM
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What do you mean it seems like it?
7.3s are electronically controlled.
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