Ball Valves

We actually use the same ones Steve. We also use them when rinsing on roof cleaning jobs. I can usually get at least a year out of them. We don't use hot water though. Maybe that why they last a bit longer.
 

Steven Button

Administrator
I've always thought these were the best Larry and never had problems before, just recently noticed that they don't last as long. I'll need to check on how the guys are using them, perhaps they are being dropping them on the ground.
 

Tony Shelton

BS Detector, Esquire
We use these. I think we have the stainless version and they last a year or so. We drop them, drag them, use them as hammers on occasion and generally beat the crap out of them.
 

Christopher

Moderator
That is the kind I use and I usually get about 6 or so months out of them with hot water. Wish they would last longer.

I tried the bigger kind with the long steel handle but did not like them, throughout the nite with hot water they get harder to open and close.
 

tomtucson

New member
Those are all I use, I haven't had one go bad yet. They are the only ones I know of that always turn easy.
 

Greg R

New member
I use that type at the end of the hose. When I put it at the machine it'll let a little water through when closed. I thought they were rated for the same psi as the long handled type but it does not perform well in that aplication. It defiantly depends what your using it for.
 

Johnson

New member

dieseldad97

New member
I've been using the same kind for 2 years. Mind you, I don't wash as much as most of you guys. Mine works very well, and takes a beating haha. The only beef with it is the extra weight at the end of my hose.
 
I use that one. I just bought a new one. My last one went 4 or 5 years. No hot water and I don't change wands or use it partially open very often. Your guys might be using it partially open more than you are use to.
 

sparkie1

New member
Need 10" channel locks to open and close those small valves. They suck.

Prefer the ones with longer handles so one can open and close them.
 

Kiloman

New member
Same here always got good service out of them,wonder were they are made.They may have taken them to the same place that makes these leaky hose reel swivels.
 

Squirtgun

New member
I have snapped the stem off of 2 recently.The quality has definitely dropped off.... 2 or 3 month of use now and they are trash.In the past I got at least a year out of them
 

Steven Button

Administrator
Thanks Paul, I'll try them next. I went through a few of these in the past, but they had the brass body - the problem I had with them was the handle falling off. Are the ones you recommend more durable?
 

Russ Spence

Commercial Pressure Wash Expert and PWI Admin
Thanks Paul, I'll try them next. I went through a few of these in the past, but they had the brass body - the problem I had with them was the handle falling off. Are the ones you recommend more durable?

That was going to be my question, we would go out and get to the job and all the handles would be gone, then we started putting a little bolt on the handle but if it were not tight enough they would back out and if they were too tight then the handle wouldnt turn.

I do like the fact they were super rugged in the valve body, it would be nice if these were better!
 
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