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

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GPH
3000
Gallons
HP
1/3
Horse Power
Switch Type
Vertical Float Switch
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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
Liberty Pumps 257 Reviews & Ratings
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Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
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 (29)
Quiet (26)
Price (24)
I'd Buy It Again (16)
Cons
Packaging (1)
None So Far (7)
Very Noisy (1)
Charged For Shipping Bec... (1)
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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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Richard
Cary, NC
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 10/10/13
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JAN.
18
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Should Be Rated "best"
After owning several different brands of sump pump, I decided to try this one. I love it. It is installed with a silent type check valve and it is very quiet. Simply put, this Liberty pump is the best in its class.

Compare it side-by-side with the Zoeller M53 and you will be hard pressed to find any reason for giving the Zoeller a better rating. Consider the following:
- Price: The Liberty is $135 The Zoeller is $150
- Start Amps: Liberty = 8 Zoeller = 25.9
- Continuous Amps:... more
Pros: High Quality, Quiet, Price, I'd Buy It Again
Richard Recommends This Liberty Pumps Product
Richard Would Recommend Sump Pumps Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"This is my first experience with Sump Pumps Direct and I am 100% satisfied with their performance."
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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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Jeffrey P.
Clarence, NY
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 12/21/13
REVIEWED
JAN.
12
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Testimonial
I have lived in this house for a little over 20 years and have had 5 sump pumps during that time. This Liberty Pump is the quietest and most efficient pump ever. Sump Pumps Direct made the selection and purchase so simple I will never buy one anywhere else, if I ever need one, it even came a day earlier than predicted.
Pros: High Quality, Price, Quiet, Reliable
Jeffrey Recommends This Liberty Pumps Product
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John T.
Middleburg HTS., OH
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 11/7/13
REVIEWED
NOV.
28
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Liberty #257 Is The Best Ever!!
I have installed many sump pumps, but until I tried the #257, I really did not know how I ever kept the phone calls down. Most people think that a sump pump is forever, but after 5-6 years they are gambling. The #257 seems to fit the forever category...(with obvious regular cleaning of the pit).
I now only use the #257
Pros: High Quality, Price, Reliable, Brand Recognition
Cons: None Found
John Recommends This Liberty Pumps Product
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Gerald H.
Nashville, TN
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 8/9/13
REVIEWED
SEP.
03
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Heavy Duty
Have only had pump a short time, but it is extremely well built & quiet. I like that the vertical float is close to the chassis. Of course, the switch's durability cannot be tested over a short time, but I'll bet it holds out well, if the rest of the pump's quality is any measure.
Pros: High Quality, Quiet, Price, Durable
Gerald Recommends This Liberty Pumps Product
Gerald Would Recommend Sump Pumps Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great website. Simple & easily navigated & very informative. It helped me make a good decision on which pump was right for our needs."
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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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10
Brad C.
Chilton, WI
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 9/19/13
REVIEWED
NOV.
01
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Quiet Pump
Cant hear pump run unless you here the check valve at the end of cycle. Tried other various pumps and was disappointed from the local box store. Gave the Liberty a shot and its all I will use from now on!
Pros: Quiet, Price, Exceeded Expectations
Brad Recommends This Liberty Pumps Product
Brad Would Recommend Sump Pumps Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
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Kenneth B.
Greeley, CO
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 10/5/13
REVIEWED
OCT.
26
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Quality Pump, Excellent Price
Replaced a 15 year old Little Giant pump with a Liberty 257, 1/3 hp. Was very impressed with quietness and overall build quality in comparison to the previous work horse. Solid, great finish and fittings. Purchased a second unit exactly the same to have in case of emergency.
Pros: High Quality, Quiet, I'd Buy It Again, Features
Kenneth Recommends This Liberty Pumps Product
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John O.
Darien, IL
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 8/29/13
REVIEWED
SEP.
19
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Never Heard Of This Sump Pump
I did some research on the internet to buy a good reliable pump. I am glad I found this pump. Looks great so far.
Pros: Quiet, Price, I'd Buy It Again, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Low Float Travel
John Recommends This Liberty Pumps Product
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