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Co2 needle valve

I have owned a Milwaukee, Azoo, and JBJ regulator. I currently still have the latter two. I am interested in upgrading the needle valves that come with the regulators. I am not looking to spend $70 per needle valve, as I am looking to buy 3 of them. I have been looking into industrial needle valves, but there are so many out there. Looking to spend about $30 each at most if possible. Any sugguestions?
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Fabco NV-55. Great needle valve and runs ~$21. It is a rock solid needle valve that can do the low bubble counts. The only bad thing is that it is recomended to be run in-line. Though, it is possible to run it mounted to a regulator/manifold. You must be very careful though not to hit the needle valve if you are gonna mount it to your regulator. The 10/32 threads are very thin. Here's some links:

http://www.bestaquariumregulator.com/CO2.html#needle
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Thanks. I forgot to mention that I do want to mount them on the regulators and not run them in line, if possible. Price is reasonable, I will keep this one in mind.
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For $70 each the Ideal Needle Valve fits the bill. I'm using one and it's rock solid, practically set it and forget it. Mike and Serge at Sumo can fix you up with the valve and any fittings you might need.

http://idealvalve.thomasnet.com/view...-needle-valves

http://sumoregulator.com/
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Thanks, but I mentioned I did NOT want to spend $70 per valve. Need 3 of them and $200+ is little steep on a college budget...
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Thanks, but I mentioned I did NOT want to spend $70 per valve. Need 3 of them and $200+ is little steep on a college budget...
Oops, sorry about that. I read too quickly and skipped right past the not. In that case, good deals on Swagelok valves pop up from time to time on ebay and I've heard good things about some Parker valves from LeftC.
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No problem and thanks for the other possible leads
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No problem and thanks for the other possible leads

Contact Orlando at GLA he has a custom Fabco NV-55 that has a much larger threaded piece so it is more durable. Not sure what he charges though, these are cusotm made for him from Fabco.

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Thanks Craig!
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Going with 3 needle valves with manifold from GLA. Very impressed so far with the communication from Orlando at GLA and how helpful he has been.
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Going with 3 needle valves with manifold from GLA. Very impressed so far with the communication from Orlando at GLA and how helpful he has been.

Orlando is the man tell him I sent you his way. Just got my shipment in today from him.

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Will do! Only problem now is I need to know if anyone makes a 1/8" brass PT to NPT thread fitting....
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Will do! Only problem now is I need to know if anyone makes a 1/8" brass PT to NPT thread fitting....
What for? Do you have a Do It Best of ACE Hardware locally, tehy have a huge selection of tiny brass fittings. Sometimes you may have to get several pieces to make what you want as there may not be a direct adaptor.

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I believe my current solenoids are metric threads and the needle valves I am looking into are npt threads. I have an Ace a couple miles down the road. There also is an industrial type supply place on the north side of Indy, my father sugguested me contacting.
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I believe my current solenoids are metric threads and the needle valves I am looking into are npt threads. I have an Ace a couple miles down the road. There also is an industrial type supply place on the north side of Indy, my father sugguested me contacting.
Best thing to do is take your parts and put it together on the spot so you get the right fittings, done it many times when wokring on a project.

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