Common Types of Vertical Pumps and Their Uses

If you are in need of vertical pumps, you may wonder what your options are and how to use them. This can be quite difficult, and most companies will find out the information from the contractor and relay it to the manufacturer of the vertical pumps. This is because it can be tricky to understand the various options. There are two common vertical pump options, including mixed flow and axial flow pumps.


An axial flow pump provides axial force and offers an impeller design with high speeds of more than 10,000 units US. The capacities of these pumps can range from 4,000 to 250,000 GPM and include heads of up to 30 feet or 13.6 PSI. They are a hydraulic pump and was created for heavy duty needs and continuous operation, meaning that it can handle the tough job and can run continuously if needed.

The axial flow vertical pump offers segmented construction, stainless steel wear rings and rotating elements and a highly balanced impeller. It also offers standard marine radial bearings made of rubber and can come in horizontal, slant and vertical configurations.


Mixed flow pumps are also called combined flow pumps and can generate the head through both radial and axial forces. The impeller design offers speeds from 4,200 to 9,000 Units US. Capacities for these pumps can range from 2,000 to 250,000 GPM and includes heads of between 25 and 55 feet. In that respect, the mixed-flow pump is a good option if you need a higher head.

As with the axial flow pumps, the mixed flow option was made for continuous operation and heavy-duty needs, so it can be used continuously through many difficult jobs. This type of pump includes segmented construction, balanced impellers, wear rings and rotating elements in stainless steel and more. It can also have configurations of slant, horizontal and vertical.

Other Options

Other, non-vertical pumps include floating and specialty pumps. Floating pumps are self-contained and float freely, which makes them perfect for ocean pumping and other needs. It is completely stable, even when going at full capacity and is completely portable as it is easy to disassemble and reassemble.

Specialty pumps can include high-capacity mobile pumps that are engine driven, submersible pumps with electric-drive, in-line horizontal pumps, elbow pumps, portable high-flow pumps and combination-drive pumps. These can work well in situations where vertical pumps are not possible or wanted.

Vertical pumps are useful in many different areas. If you need a pump made specifically for your needs, consider Morrison Pump Company today.

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