The price of good water pumps may sky-rocket

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    More advanced water pumps, like Rio F series, are made with something called rare earth magnets. Many rare earth minerals come from China and they have just halted all exports to the USA. I suppose its possible a market for used rare earth magnets might develop. I ain't throwin mine out when their old.

    And with China producing more than 90% of the world's supply of rare earth minerals ...

    The Chinese action, involving rare earth minerals that are crucial to manufacturing many advanced products ...

    China Halts Rare Mineral Exports To US And Europe, Prices Set To Surge | zero hedge
     
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    Great another reason to rape us at the checkout! :grumble:
     
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    Its only rape if both parties are not consenting :)
     
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    It usually takes time for the retail prices to catch up with the price of commodities. Maybe I'll buy a replacement pump now. (They'll probably resume exports the moment I do).
     
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    How often do you guys have to replace your pump(s) on average? I think I have to replace my two large Quiet Ones about once a year. They are already about $350 each.
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Really? My Eheim has been running since 2000. My MagDrive has been running since 2005. If I had to replace them once a year, I wouldn't buy that brand again!
     
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    australia could top them in the future though they have a bunch also
     
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    wontonflip I failed Kobayashi Maru

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    Hehehe..my hubby's buckyballs were made from those rare earth magnets ;) I love to play with his shiney buckyballs!

    [insert your preferred innuendo here...you know you want to!]
     
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    Wow...that seems like a bit much to be replacing them every year. I've been using a Rio1400 for the past year and its still running just fine and not showing any signs of shutting down. Maybe you should look into a different brand.
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    Both my Mag Drives have been running for a little over 2 years now.

    As for china.
    Y'all better forget learning spanish and start practicing you chinese.
     
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    I've had a Rio F series pump for three years. I did have a problem with it sticking when the power would go out but not anymore. My problem was that fine sand particles from my DSB would slowly find their way into the pump and cause it to bind up after being shut off. The problem ceased after I ditched the DSB.
     
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    Cheaper pumps do not use the rare earth magnets and wear out faster. I know Rio uses them.
     
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    first off, I'm pretty sure we don't put the pumps together here anyway. They're likely manufactured in asia anyway, so the likelihood that China not exporting the raw materials for the magnets in our pumps affecting the cost of our pumps directly is pretty low imo, except insofar as it freaks people out and demand therefore increases....

    I'm far more worried about things we do manufacture here that require rare earth metals-- ie, solar panels and computer components. Also, the ban is temporary (at this point, anyway) and is apparently China's response to a complaint by American Steel workers about their trade practices... Obama Administration Says It Will Investigate China’s Green Tech Trade Policies The Washington Independent

    so, don't worry about the price of your pumps... worry about the price of technology that we actually make in the US.
     
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