Replaced my pelton wheel today. This is my third wheel since installing my hydro system in 1996. I was changing out the lower bearing recently and noticed just how badly worn my wheel was. I have a high head system with 130 psi at the house, lots of grit at high velocity has worn many nozzles larger than my low flow system can handle. It also apparently has worn out two cast silicon bronze pelton wheels. When I saw how worn my wheel was, I went and checked my original wheel and sure enough it was was in better shape than the replacement wheel! Talk about getting my moneys worth. I installed the the original and gained an amp ! I then went on line to see how much a new wheel was costing these days. What I found pleased me to no end ! Denis at LOPOWER ENGINEERING had made cast stainless wheels just for high pressure gritty systems !!! just what I needed ! Not cheep at $432 delivered. A bronze one would have been about $330 ! But for an extra 100 bucks I went for it. Glad I did ! Nice heavy thick casting looks like it will last + 20 years ! After installing today and turning it on I gained two more amps than the original was getting me , three more than before changing out the lower bearing !!! Always a good idea to see what might be available since the last time you looked. Glad I did !
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