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Surge Milker Vacuum Pump Question

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by bigredfeather, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    I have found an old school 30 or 40 lb Surge milker for sale at a good price. I am wanting to use it to milk our goats. The milker doesn't come with a vacuum pump. I can't seem to get a clear answer as to what would be the smallest pump that would make it work effectively. The person selling it had a large pump on wheels that could run several milkers at once, so he is unable to tell me what the minimum size should be.

    Here is a pic of it. It appears to be in great condition and well maintained.

    Does anybody have any reccomendations as to what size would be sufficient?

    Would a Oil equipped, 6 CFM, 1/2 HP, Single Phase work?

  2. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2009
    You are better off to go larger than smaller. I can't tell you what the minimum would be. We just used cow equipment on our goats. By the way, the surge milker is going to need a little modification to work on goats. Easy to do. PM me if you like.
  3. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    Quote:Any idea what would be the minimum? I am trying to get up and running as cheap as possible and vacuum pumps can get expensive fast I have discovered.
  4. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    I've heard of people using those 1/4 hp portable pump with the handle on top, or just hook it up to the intake manifold of your truck...

    I use to hang out at this forum:


    They have a whole Milking Equipment section where people will be able to help you out.

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