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Liberty Pumps 257 - 1/3 HP Cast Iron Submersible Sump Pump w/ Vertical Float

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4.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 5
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3000
Gallons
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1/3
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Automatic Submersible Cast Iron Sump Pump
A "workhorse" designed for years of reliable operation

Liberty's UNI-BODY Casting w/ Epoxy Coated Powder Coat Finish
A solid, one-piece housing that eliminates lower motor seal

Magnetically Operated Vertical Float Switch
Provides automatic operation in sump pits as small as 10-inches

Rugged, Energy Efficient & Thermally Protected 1/3 HP Motor
Hermetically sealed, permanently lubricated design

High-Temperature, Engineered Polymer Impeller
Vortex style design for superior solid handling

High Capacity 1-1/2" Discharge
Will replace most pumps without any plumbing changes

Quick-Disconnect 10' Standard Power Cord
Allows for easy replacement of cord without breaking motor seals

Non-Corrosive Stainless Steel Fasteners
Increases the lifespan of the pump even in the harshest sump pits

416 Stainless Steel Rotor Shaft
With permanently lubricated bearings for extended pump life

3-Year Limited Warranty


Model
Model Number:257
UPC:671812002577
Manufacturer:Liberty Pumps
Made in USA:Yes
Housing Material:Cast-Iron
Min Sump Basin Size:10 Inch
Motor
Motor Amps:Running - 5.2 / Starting - 8
Thermal Protection:Yes
Power Cord Length:10 Feet
Oil Free Motor:No
Pump
Float Type:Vertical Float
GPH @ 0 feet:3000 GPH
GPH @ 5 feet:2700 GPH
GPH @ 10 feet:2250 GPH
GPH @ 15 feet:1560 GPH
GPH @ 20 feet:720 GPH
Discharge Port Size:1-1/2 Inch
Built-in check Valve:No
Overview
Float On:7 Inches
Float Off:3.5 Inches
Manual Override:No
Solid Handling:1/2 Inch
Weight:21 Lbs. (9.53 kilograms)
Dimensions:9.5"L x 6.5"W x 10.7"H
(24.13 x 16.51 x 27.18 cm)
Consumer Warranty:3 Years
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  2 Questions
Q: Considering making the Liberty model 257 my primary sump pump and then making our existing Zoeller an emergency backup. We have a lot of iron in our water. Would the aluminum model 237 be better or worse for high iron content?
by Scott S from Maine on September 08, 2013

A: There really isn’t an advantage over cast iron or aluminum for you application. My concern would be the iron building up on the float of a model 237 and not allowing it to operate properly. You would need to periodically inspect it and clean it off. The other option if you have the room is to go with a model 233 which has a tether float switch.

by Jim, Product Expert
Q: What kind of warranty do you have on your pumps?
by John from Pennsylvania on July 03, 2012

A: Pump warranties vary from 1 year to 5 years depending on the pump and the manufacturer. That being said, all pumps should last a good 5-7 years or more providing they are installed properly.
by Jim, Product Expert
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5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
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Overall
4.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 5
Pros
Brand Recognition (1)
High Quality (23)
Quiet (21)
Price (21)
I'd Buy It Again (14)
Cons
None So Far (2)
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Low Float Travel (1)
Non (1)
Very Noisy (1)
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27 Reviews
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361 Helpful Votes
Sump Pumps Direct Recommended

Built in the good ol’ U.S.A. the Liberty model 257 is a well known name among plumbers and is a superior pump for the money. This cast iron pump is very efficient with 1/2 the running and starting amps of most other 1/3HP pumps in the same league and with a pumping capacity of 2700GPH at a 5 foot lift and the magnetically operated vertical float switch, this pump is one mean sucker! The 257 will handle any light duty applications with ease.
Unlike many other pumps out there, this pump features... more
Jim Recommends This Model
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Phil
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 4/8/13
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
APR.
29
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Sump Pump
With spring close at hand, I needed a new sump pump to replace my old Zoeller that had a bad switch. (My plumber advised against buying another Zoeller because it has only a 1 year warranty.) After reading the reviews at Sump Pumps Direct, I bought a Liberty 257. I was so impressed that I bought a second one to use as my auxiliary pump. Solid, quiet, dependable, made in the USA. I especially like the three-year warranty.
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Phil M.
Stoneham, MA
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 3/6/14
REVIEWED
APR.
17
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Heavy Duty But Somewhat Noisy
Nothing to add.
Pros: Durable, Reliable
Cons: Very Noisy
Phil Recommends This Liberty Pumps Product
Jim, the Sump Pump Expert
Product Expert
Phil,
By design, electric motors are fairly quiet. Most of the noise that you hear from the sump pump is the sound of the impeller moving the water. As far as sump pumps go, this is probably as quite as you're going to get. Installed in a standard size basin at least 18" x 24", with a basin cover, will minimize the sound the most.
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Phil's Experience With Sump Pumps Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Quick delivery, solid product, noisy though."
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Charles K.
West Caldwell, NJ
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 3/30/14
REVIEWED
APR.
16
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
This Pump Is A Monster & Fits In Small Pits
I first bought a Zoeller but returned it unopened and exchanged it for the Liberty because I was afraid that the float on the Zoeller would be an issue in my small pit. I'm sure the Zoeller is a fine product as well and would have served the same purpose but I didn't want to take the chance of it not fitting in my small pit.

I installed my new Liberty pump and it is an amazing difference to the Flotec. Built in the USA still counts for something!

Also I've not read any complaints about... more
Pros: Quiet, Price, I'd Buy It Again, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: None So Far
Charles Recommends This Liberty Pumps Product
Charles's Experience With Sump Pumps Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"Make sure you read the fine print and be very, very sure you have the right pump for the job! Because if you need to return the product, you will pay for the outbound shipping. (Sump-Pumps Direct will not pay for your mistake!) Jim's guidance throughout my entire 'sump-pump project' was a tremendous help."
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Randy P.
Saranac, NY
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 3/3/14
REVIEWED
APR.
15
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Liberty 257 Pump
I ordered this pump and had it in two days, very fast! I installed the pump, very quiet, high quality pump! I will be buying another to replace another pump that I have! Sump Pump Direct is outstanding to do business with!
Pros: High Quality, Price, Quiet, I'd Buy It Again
Randy Recommends This Liberty Pumps Product
Randy's Experience With Sump Pumps Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Outstanding to do business with! I had my pump in less then two days delivered right to my door! Free shipping and no tax! Before I ordered I called and talked with one of their customer service people, very helpful and right to the point! Was able to determine what I needed and put the order in! Overall great to do business with!"
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Mark M.
Naperville, IL
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 2/21/14
REVIEWED
APR.
04
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Discovered That I Needed A New Pump During The "great Snow"
After noticing an almost full sump, and my pump not running (and after bailing numerous buckets of water from the sump to prevent overflow), I then went to see what I could do about replacing the pump. In my research I determined that going to one of the typical home improvement stores would result in buying a likely lower quality pump that might not last very long, or give performance problems in a relatively short time.

After doing some research, I determined that Liberty makes a... more
Pros: High Quality, Quiet, Price, Features
Mark Recommends This Liberty Pumps Product
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Dana
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 4/21/13
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
13
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Very Good Pump, But...
We were sump pump novices, having never owned a house with one before, when we realized that every time ours went off, the sump was filling halfway back up again from backflow. We learned about check valves, which ours didn't have, and got nervous that our 10 year old pump had been doing double duty. Sumppumpsdirect was extremely helpful in educating us and helping us make a good choice. We were going to get a Zoeller but found too many reports of switch failures, so we got the Liberty 257... more
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112
Yvon
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 3/9/13
REVIEWED
APR.
24
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Liberty Works Great!
We purchased an inverter and battery to backup our main sump for power outages. After we installed the inverter, we discovered that our old pump was requiring more amperage than what the inverter could handle. Based on the reviews and recommendations on several sites, we purchased the liberty pump because it drew half the amount of current for the same pumping flow of the old pump. It works like a charm with the inverter. Within a week we had a torrential rain that was kicking the liberty... more
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Paul
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 6/29/13
REVIEWED
JUL.
21
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Sump Pump User
Old sump pump was dying. Replaced with this one and now works great. Twice the pumping action and quiet.
Pros: High Quality, Price, Quiet
Paul Recommends This Liberty Pumps Product
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Neil K.
Downers Grove, IL
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 8/12/13
REVIEWED
SEP.
02
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Quality Made In The Usa
I did my research on this pump and only positive reviews I have read.I didn't want to buy something that was going to fail like the big home stores sell. I have a co-worker that bought one from the Home store and bragged about how it has a lifetime warranty. Needless to say it failed after one year. He received replacement for the failed one and it also failed within 6 months so what good is the LT warranty if you have to keep replacing them. I have referred him to SPD to get A+ customer... more
Pros: High Quality, Quiet, I'd Buy It Again, Durable
Cons: Non
Neil Recommends This Liberty Pumps Product
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Art
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 4/17/13
REVIEWED
JUN.
20
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Liberty Pump
The pump arrived well packaged, very easy to install and has been working as it should. We have had a lot of rain in Milwaukee these past few months and to protect our investment, remodeled basement, we replaced our old pump with the Liberty. Much quieter than our old one and its been working very well.
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Dave
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 5/13/13
REVIEWED
JUN.
03
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Works Like A Charm
When I found out through a home inspection that my sump pump wasn't working, I obviously had to get it fixed - and fast! I went on line and found Sump Pumps Direct. It was highly rated by its users and easy to navigate. I quickly settled on the Liberty 257 and within 3 days it was at my door! After removing the old pump, I was able to install the Liberty in a just a few minutes and it began working immediately. Thanks Sump Pumps Direct!!!
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