Heller-Aller water well pumps have been a prime source for dependable water pumping since the late 1800s. They are still being made today.
Just like the Aermotor Windmills Heller-Aller water well pumps have been a prime source for dependable water pumping since the late 1800s. They are still being manufactured by the Amish in Indiana.
The Heller-Aller Company of Napoleon Ohio began manufacturing pumps in 1886. Heller-Aller was the leader in the development and manufacturer of deep water well pumps, with many of the older models still in use today. They are probably most recognized by their windmill and lift pumps.
Despite taking a back seat to electric submersible well pumps Heller-Aller continued to make pumps for off-grid lifestyles, emergency backup water supply and for windmills. Their windmill pumps are still popular for farmers and ranchers across the Midwest and Western states that depend on the old fashioned windmill water pump to keep livestock tanks and ponds full out in the most remote locations.
Those who are seeking a more self-sufficient off-grid lifestyles are finding Heller-Aller hand pumps to be a solid investment for their water pumping needs. Hitzer Inc. the owner of Heller-Aller pumps even makes an offset well cap so that a hand lift pump can be added to a well with a working submersible electric well pump.
The offset cap allows the pump cylinder and sucker rod to be slid down the side of the submersible pump piping for emergency use during power outages.
Just like the Aermotor Windmills that can be seen standing tall all across America, there will likely be a Heller-Aller water well pump at the base of the windmill tower. If it is not in use, a little bit of oil, fresh paint and new pump leathers and the old pump is ready to take on a new generation.
It has not all been rosy for Heller-Aller in 1995 the company almost closed, the Indiana and Ohio Amish who mostly only use Heller-Aller pumps quickly realized their pump parts supplier was about to the shutter their doors and convinced the owner of Hitzer Stove manufacturing that he needed to acquire and keep the Heller-Aller pump business going forward.
Hitzer Inc. purchased the Heller-Aller Company moving it to their manufacturing plant in Berne Indiana and have been manufacturing Heller-Aller pumps ever since. Heller-Aller Pumps are proudly USA Amish made!
Heller-Aller pumps are available in eight standard models:
The Model 192A lift pump can be used as a hand or windmill pump. It is designed to operate in shallow wells or cisterns that are 15’ to 20’ deep. Customers can select to have a flat base, or a well casing cap base.
The Model 190A Lift pump is similar to the 192A pump with the exception of the flat rod used to hook up to a windmill. It too is made for shallow wells and cisterns that are 15’ to 20’ deep. Customers can also select a flat base or a well casing cap base.
The Model 50L is the most popular pump made for windmills and for those who want to force water under pressure to a storage tank or another location such as a remote stock tank or pond. It can handle up to 60 PSI of water pressure and push water several hundred feet. It is a double acting force pump.
The model 50L is most recognized by the water turn off valve at the spigot. It is a deep water well pump and is available in the flat or well cap base as well.
The Model 660 or 555 is a double acting three way pump that can be manually directed to disperse water to three different long distant locations. It is also a deep water well pump and is available in the flat or well cap base as well.
Model FigT is a pitcher pump commonly seen in old homes and movies where the pump sat next to the kitchen sink and water would be pumped from a shallow well or cistern.
The Model PHB is also a pitcher pump that can be installed next to a sink. It is a force pump with a spigot on the side for either a direct flow into the sink or to use with a garden hose. It has a top plug allowing for a pipe to be extended upward into a gravity storage tank, so that water could be pumped upward and stored for use throughout the home. It is also used for shallow wells or cisterns.
You can purchase Heller-Aller pumps as well as the complete Aermotor Windmill from Cottage Craft Works. Click Here to go directly to Heller-Aller water well pumps. You can also purchase parts to restore old pumps and windmills as well.
Cottage Craft Works carries a 12 volt submersible well pump in this section for off-grid and solar system water pumping solutions.
Cottage Craft Works is an online store that specializes in old time products, which are still practical and useful today. Heller-Aller pumps and Aermotor Windmills are just a couple of over 5000 products for the home, farm and ranch that you can still purchase at this unique back-to-basics online general store.