View Full Version : Ballast - gate valve vs. ball valve

06-16-2012, 11:16 AM
Any reason not to use a gate valve vs a ball valve on the ballast intake? Depending on how everything is mounted, they can save some space and still allow the valve to be opened and closed. The gate valve that I'm thinking of has a handle like on an outside water faucet.

06-16-2012, 12:19 PM
Id need to see the exact type of gate valve you mean. We use several styles of gate valves in our chemical waste area i work in. Some have advantages and disadvantages. Same as Ball Valves.

06-16-2012, 03:13 PM
I prefer the ball values that I have as I can very quickly cut off flow if needed vs twisting the handle 12 turns to get a gate shut... Beyond that I see no advantage to the ball.