Ball Valves - Forged Brass vs Forged Bronze

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  1. chefwong

    chefwong New Member

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    What is the pros/cons of ball valves made of of forged brass vs Cast Bronze.....
    Both are USA made...small 1/2, 3/4" units.
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Brass is cheaper, easier to machine ( not true for LF), bronze is harder and more resistant to corrosion
  3. chefwong

    chefwong New Member

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    Thx. For residential water use....either would be more than sufficient, just short of it being made domestic and full port .
    Apollo Bronze are about 2X more than the BMP forged brass ones.

    I dunno know much about plumbing, but in wheels.....forged is generally a whole lot better than cast.
  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    It is like comparing a Chevrolet to a Ferrari. BOTH will take you to work and back and do a good job of it. IT is up to YOU whether you want to spend the extra money on quality that may not be a factor in the everyday performance of the task. Sometimes valves are installed and are NEVER turned on or off during their lifetime, and others are operated several times a day. Ships and fire engines use top of the line bronze valves because they have to perform "perfectly" for a long time in daily use. The brass valves described as "forged" are little different that those which are cast. Both have to be machined after the body is made.
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  5. Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer In the Trades

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    With the new lead free laws they will all be plastic and ceramic in the future
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    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote; they will all be plastic and ceramic in the future

    At least the waterways will be.
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