As its name would suggest, the function of a fuel transfer pump is to transport fuel from the fuel tank to a vehicle or from one location to another. There is an array of uses for fuel transfer pumps, such as refuelling forklift trucks to larger commercial vehicles such as a bus or lorry, right up to large utility vehicles used on construction sites or quarries.

Fuel transfer pumps are designed for use with a number of different liquids and fuels, including diesel, oils, AdBlue®, water and petrol*. If you are looking to purchase a fuel dispensing pump for a petrol station, you will need to ensure that it is weights and measures approved (in accordance with The Weights and Measures Act of 1985). *ATEX certification is required for petrol transfer pumps.

Choosing the right fuel transfer pump


How fast should the flow rate be?

The flow rate of your fuel transfer pump should be determined by the size of the fuel tank you’re filling, as you need the speed to be controlled. If the fuel moves too quickly from the fuel tank to the vehicle, it can spill or froth up, resulting in an automatic nozzle being shut off prematurely. To help decide what flow rate will work for you, please follow our easy guide:

Low speed (50 litres per minute)

This is the advised speed for smaller vehicles, such as cars, vans, forklifts and small plant vehicles.

Medium speed (70 litres per minute)

This is the advised speed for larger vehicles, such as large vans, rigid trucks, agricultural vehicles and small public service vehicles.

High speed (90 litres per minute)

This is the advised speed for a fuel pump that will be used on large capacity fuel tanks, such as buses, coaches, articulated vehicles and heavy plant, quarry and mining vehicles.

Why we offer different power pumps

If you know what you’re looking for, take a look at our fuel transfer pumps range and select the pump you’re after. If you need more information of different powers available have a quick read below.

Bare or Cased Pumps

When selecting a pump, one consideration is whether you'd like your pump bare, which promotes air-flow and keeps the device cool, at a cost to water resistance. Alternatively, you can select a cased pump, which will withstand wet and dirty environments better. If you are using the pump on a farm, or work site, a cased version provides better protection for your transfer pump. 

Hand pumps

Manual pumps require human force to move fluids from one place to another and are suitable for situations where small amounts of fuel needs moving. Examples of hand pumps are rotary hand pumps, lift pumps or suction pumps.

12V/24V power pumps

Our battery powered 12V or 24V pumps are useful for situations where you want to run a pump from a vehicle battery on site or out in a field, away from a mains power supply. Small in size, they are highly portable and perfectly suited to be stored on plant equipment, excavators etc.

110V/230V power pumps

We also offer mains power pumps that come in either 110V or 230V options, capable of pumping up to 100L/min (such as the SPT120A 230V diesel dispensing transfer pump). These pumps are suitable for pumping oil, diesel, water, AdBlue®, detergents and food products, making them extremely versatile and useful.

Can I buy a diesel pump kit from you?

Hytek only sell to the trade, so if this applies to you then contact us today! We sell complete diesel transfer pump kits that come supplied with a nozzle, suction and dispensing hoses and a flowmeter if required.

Do you sell other types of pumps?

Yes, we do. Hytek stocks a large range of transfer pumps including those for oil, grease and AdBlue® (as well as a variety of other fluids), powered by a number of different sources, including; air operated, engine driven, mains voltage or battery operated to name a few. For more information contact us today.


- AdBlue® is a trademark of the Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V. (VDA).