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Milwaukee Needle Valve

Discussion in 'CO2 Enrichment' started by abcemorse, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. abcemorse

    abcemorse Prolific Poster

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    Anyone had problems with these? It's off the basic Milwaukee regulator/bubble ctr/needle valve setup, seems like it keeps dropping bubble rate. I set it at more than I can count, guessing 10-12 bps and within an hour it's down to like 4 or 5.....not cool. Causing BBA issues. I cleaned it out good and it seems a bit better but haven't checked it today. Regulator seems fine, holds 20 psi service side just fine, I turned it up to 30 last night to see if that will help. Just wondered if anyone else has observed this. I've read the Ideal valve is much more reliable, true? Thanks
     
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    Hi,

    Quite a few folks have had issues with these setups.... I had one with the same type of issue.

    I think it is the needle valve they use or bad machining.....

    A better valve or reg/setup may be in order.

    I replaced my Mil rig with a Sumo and have not had the same issues. Set and forget!
     
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    Thanks Gerry, I think I'll start with a quality needle valve (Ideal makes a good one I'm told, I'm assuming it'll fit the threads) and go from there.
     
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    Much like Gerry I endorse the Sumo. I had a Milwaukee but based on all I had read with people who tolerate it I just sold it off and bought the Sumo one. VERY happy with it and it runs like a clock. I especially like that I can swap out a tank without all the production that the Milwaukee manual has. Any decent 2 stage regulator design should prevent the end of tank dump that you read about as well. I also got the ideal needle valve on mine. I managed to bend mine when I wasn't paying attention and the regulator pulled the tank over, but it still works so maybe that's also testament to the ideal's valve quality.

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