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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-17-2014, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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So my milwaukee regulator failed on me, I think the solenoid died. Anyone have any suggestions for a good regulator under 100$ other than a milwaukee one?
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I suppose it depends on your definition of good ....I have an Aquatek that I bought on Ebay for less than 100. I have been using it since October of last year and so far so good. The needle valve was a bit tricky at first but I believe its fine now.

I am in the process of looking for a good body and building my own. Not necessarily cheaper but I will come out with a better product. If you want something good that is already built look at some of the regulators they sell on GLA, particularly the ones with the Smith bodies. They are not cheap but from the research I have been doing they sell a nice product at a fair price. You would have a hard time building one of the better units for what they are selling them for. For me its not just about money; its learning something new and understanding my equipment better.

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Depends on what you're looking for; single stage, dual stage, all-in-one ready to go, or plan on building your own.

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Depends on what you're looking for; single stage, dual stage, all-in-one ready to go, or plan on building your own.

Something under $100; and since his died I'm guessing he needs something soon so I am betting building his own is off the table as well . Under $100 would rule out any dual stage unit.
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Under $100 would rule out any dual stage unit.
Really, then that means I've been lucky evilbay.

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Really, then that means I've been lucky evilbay.
You sure have ! I can't even find a decent 2 stage regulator body on Evil Bay for under $100.00 right now let alone something that's ready to go. I just started looking though so hopefully my luck will change.
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You could just replace the solenoid with a nice one and replace the regulator if it ever fails. A decent solenoid is $35-$40.
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You sure have ! I can't even find a decent 2 stage regulator body on Evil Bay for under $100.00 right now
I posted this before and apparently they haven't sold ONE yet (there are no bad 2 stage reg IF it's not blown)..


my only guess is they are ONLY, w/ shipping slightly under $100...

I paid $60 for my Victor and in relation to many here.. I overpaid...

http://www.allstatessurplus.com/list...p?item=101999#

Maybe it is just "presentation"......... or because they look to be all o2.
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You sure have ! I can't even find a decent 2 stage regulator body on Evil Bay for under $100.00 right now let alone something that's ready to go. I just started looking though so hopefully my luck will change.
Try searching for brand names vs the term dual stage. Names like; Praxair, Concoa, Swagelok, harris, smith, Matheson, Airgas, Airproducts and there's tons more. Many sellers don't even know they have a dual stage regulator and they mislabel it, and bid low. To be honest, I've also notice there's tons of new people bidding on regulators. Maybe it's not a good time to buy.

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You could just replace the solenoid with a nice one and replace the regulator if it ever fails. A decent solenoid is $35-$40.
If I'm not mistaken the Milwaukee solenoid has a non-conventional thread. You'd have to replace the solenoid with a Milwaukee brand solenoid.

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I posted this before and apparently they haven't sold ONE yet (there are no bad 2 stage reg IF it's not blown)..


my only guess is they are ONLY, w/ shipping slightly under $100...

I paid $60 for my Victor and in relation to many here.. I overpaid...

http://www.allstatessurplus.com/list...p?item=101999#

Maybe it is just "presentation"......... or because they look to be all o2.

Wow ! Who makes the Verilflo....that's an awsoem price for a 2 stage....cleaned up it could look really good with all brass fittings...which are cheaper anyway.
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Parker = Verilflo, but you have to be careful on the models.

I don't like the fact that they just toss a bunch of the regulators in a cardboard box, can't be good for gauges.



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Yeah building one is out of the picture as I dont think im "handy" enough to do that. is replacing the solenoid easy? cause its looks like im doing that or gonna try an aquatek.
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Yeah building one is out of the picture as I dont think im "handy" enough to do that. is replacing the solenoid easy? cause its looks like im doing that or gonna try an aquatek.
Yeah, it's super easy, but as mentioned, you'll only be able to use the Milwaukee solenoid due to the different thread type used by Milwaukee.

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Parker = Verilflo, but you have to be careful on the models.

I don't like the fact that they just toss a bunch of the regulators in a cardboard box, can't be good for gauges.
I admit it looks like heck.. But they all look to be old O2 regulators.. In the proper range... As to the gauges.. Cheapest replacement part I can think of..
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^ No no, I agree with you, it's a nice source to pick up. These surplus bio-science, whatever sites, do occasionally have good stock.

I just never had the need to buy 10+ regulators, besides how would these guys even ship something like this. It's either

1. Ship the cardboard box and have the regulators cushion by brass metal.
2. Ship the regulators properly and charge the buyer.

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