View Full Version : Ball Valves - Forged Brass vs Forged Bronze
06-11-2011, 04:54 AM
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.
06-11-2011, 06:08 AM
Brass is cheaper, easier to machine ( not true for LF), bronze is harder and more resistant to corrosion
06-11-2011, 06:22 AM
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.
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.
06-11-2011, 09:49 AM
With the new lead free laws they will all be plastic and ceramic in the future
quote; they will all be plastic and ceramic in the future
At least the waterways will be.