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Dramm 12353 Heavy-Duty Brass Shut-Off Valve
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- Quarter turn & water is off, even with wet hands
- Full water flow, 1/2-Inch ball opening
- Withstands higher pressure than comparable valves
- Extra large ergonomic lever for easy grip and turn
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I reserve judgement till I use it for at least a year but the Dramm looks good. I tested the flow: I filled a 5 gallon bucket in 24.0 seconds with nothing on the end of the hose, it took 24.5 seconds with my new shut-off valve. Not bad!
Okay, here it is two years later and the Dramm shut-off valve works as well today as the day I received it. I figure it's already paid for itself 2 or 3 times over. I use it a lot, it's great for anything from watering horses(full flow with 75 feet of 3/4" hose)to washing cars(restricted flow, a spray with lots of pressure)to trickle watering a new tree. I'm thinking of ordering another.
It is now about 4 years later and the Dramm shut-off valve is still working great. I have noticed some slight looseness in the lever but since I often use it several times a day, that is to be expected. It still does not leak, I still give it five stars.
I use it around the yard for my sprinkler as I don't have to run back & forth to the spigot to regulate water flow as I move the sprinkler across my odd shaped yard.
I recent have been using it for my pool slide as it is extremely fussy to regulate the flow of water with the spigot which is over 30 feet away.
While it is more costly than the previously mention valves it is also hands down the best made.
It is a premium piece made in the USA weighing in at over half a pound. It flows better other valves due to it's 12mm inner opening.
What I like most about this valve is the extra large on-off switch located on the side of the valve, with most shut-off valves you need two hands to turn it on or off, not so with this Dramm, just using your thumb will accomplish the task.
If you are looking for a quality piece to purchase just once Dramm is the answer.
That's why I felt compelled to write a review about a shut-off value. This value will be one of those things that just works simply and easily, and it's made so strongly that I suspect it will always work. Simple, dependable, and made in the USA to boot.
Update (Oct 31 2015): Five years later, and these still work perfectly.
**EDIT** Had this one several months and it is still leak free. Liked it so well I bought another one for the front yard hose. And now, here comes winter....think I'd better shut off the water at the manifold and drain the hose. Brass is relatively soft and I have found that brass fittings will crack (due to expansion of the water in the hose) if the hose is left presurized.
**EDIT #2** Valve continues to perform flawlessly. I wanted to address one reviewers complaint about the handle snapping off. For those who drop or even throw their hose nozzles/valves around, and this includes myself, I think, (mind you I haven't done it yet), that the handle can be sawn off without any loss in functionality. Just went out to play with it and the valve mechanism turns quite freely, (like a heavily greased ball bearing), without the use of the handle. See the triangular flanges on either side of the nut that attaches the handle? These flanges provide plenty of space to grab on to for torqueing the valve open or closed. To be safe you could saw all but a nub off the handle that I don't think would ever break, (even if stepped on by a horse! ;).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As good as it gets! High quality and US made, should last a lifetimePublished 6 hours ago by Darren
I purchased two of these and find them outstanding. I use one of them regularly when detailing my cars, switching between using the hose and using my pressure washer: combined... Read morePublished 2 days ago by G. E. Swain
The inner valve fell out after about two weeks of moderate use. Not really worth the hassle of returning. It appeared well built from the outside, but shoddy construction within.Published 20 days ago by Dylan P. Birkett
As close as you can come to ease-of-use smoothness. Pricey, yes, offset by its jewel-like appearance, almost "too nice" to put outdoors! Read morePublished 27 days ago by Ed