Ridgid SP-500 1/2 Horsepower Submersible Sump PumpRidgid SP-500 1/2 Horsepower Submersible Sump Pump Description

The Ridgid SP-500 1/2 Horsepower Submersible Sump Pump is a tough piece of equipment constructed to meet the highest standards of quality and able to withstand any load that is thrown at it. It features a cast iron impeller and pump housing which makes it resistant to abrasion. In addition, the motor housing is stainless steel, ensuring that it is highly corrosion resistant, giving it a much longer shelf life when compared to a few other models in its range.

The Ridgid SP-500 sump pump also has top suction intake to filter debris, thereby providing more reliability to users, while the 1-1/2-Inch discharge aids easy installation. The permanent lubricated sleeve bearing saves you the trouble of having to oil it and the vertical float switch operates smoothly, in a hassle free manner.

Technical Details

  • Vertical float switch
  • Gallons per hour at 10-foot :3200
  • Discharge size 1-1/2-Inch
  • Pump width 10-Inch
  • Pump weight 18.5 lbs
  • Pump height 14-Inch
  • Stainless steel motor housing for corrosion resistance
  • Permanent lubricated sleeve bearing never needs oiling
  • Cast iron pump housing and impeller for abrasion resistance and longer life
  • Top suction intake filters debris for increased reliability
  • 1-1/2″ discharge for compliance to building codes
  • 11″ footprint for installations into basins 11″ or wider

Ridgid SP-500 Review

Although the company has made rather tall claims about the Ridgid SP-500 1/2 Horsepower Submersible Sump Pump, customer reviews indicate that people are not entirely happy with their purchase. A few have gone ahead and given this product a half way decent review; but, an overwhelming majority has pointed out glaring flaws in this sump pump.

Having bought this machine for the reliable name of the company and the lifetime warranty on the pump, many were sadly disappointed by the quality of the machine and the various troubles they ran into. One issue that mostly everyone faced was the poor life of the pump. In most cases, it was unable to deliver more than a year and a half of decent performance, and that too barely. Another major concern that has been reported is the quality of the switch on the machine. Not only does it need to be frequently replaced, it is also not covered under the lifetime warranty since it is considered to be part of the wear items. In fact, the switch, the stator, and the float are all considered wear items and you need to replace them at your own cost, which can work out to be a very expensive proposition. Finally, the bolts as well as a few other parts of the pump are made of non-stainless steel. Over time, they tend to rust due to constant contact with water and that can destroy the entire pump.

Although it is a popular brand, the Ridgid SP-500 sump pump has failed to impress customers. Not too many people are thrilled with the idea of having to buy a new switch every few months by spending money out of their pockets and eventually replacing the entire sump pump in less than two years. They strongly feel this kind of money could be invested in a better, high capacity pump, which would be less trouble and more long-lasting. Needless to say, the Ridgid SP-500 1/2 Horsepower Submersible Sump Pump does not come highly recommended.

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