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Side can tap

Postby Cusser » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:25 am

bohica2xo wrote:If you go with a vintage can, a side tap is a good investment.


bohica - I've thought about getting/using a side can tap, I have separate top tap units for R-12 and for R134a. Exactly why do you like that type better? thanks.
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Re: Side can tap

Postby bohica2xo » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:11 am

Cusser:

After years of fumbling & leaks with the old R12 pierce valves I bought a side tap. I had a can of R12 turn in to a rocket when the tap let go of the top rim as I was piercing it - that was the final straw.

1) No pierce & retract for flow - the pierce needle stays swaged in the hole as long as the tap is installed. Not a great seal, but it fully supports the secondary rubber seal against the can.

2) It fits everything. I have had a 134a can with threads so bad the valve would not even screw on it. Side tap no problem. It can't fly off - it wraps around the can. Want to access other aerosols at high volume? No problem. Got an old 4 ounce can of oil & dye? done.

3) You can pierce at the lowest point on the can, where the rim supports it. Then you can set the can on a flat surface & draw liquid. By drawing liquid you solve the freezing can issues. Throttle the service valve if you want gas, the manifold gets cold - but the can stays at full pressure.

One of the reasons I recommended it to the M-B owner is 30 year old cans. The can OD is the same, and the side tap will fit. I can't promise that there is a compatible top tap in his tool box.
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Re: Side can tap

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Re: Side can tap

Postby emsvitil » Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:08 pm

Both those fittings look like they're for R134a hoses.

Is that what I'm seeing, or is it for both R134a and R12?
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Re: Side can tap

Postby bohica2xo » Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:16 pm

Should be both threads - can't see why they would offer two of the same thread on one unit.

This one has both for sure

http://www.ackits.com/85530-3-in-1-side-mount-can-tap-us-standard-31770
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Re: Side can tap

Postby Cusser » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:42 am



The first one (above) sure looks like both R-12 and R134a to me !!!.
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Re: Side can tap

Postby Tim » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:20 am

R12 & R134a.
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Re: Side can tap

Postby emsvitil » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:28 pm

I'll be honest here.

You need to do something about your shipping costs.

$16 to ship to California is WAY HIGH.
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Re: Side can tap

Postby Tim » Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:42 pm

emsvitil wrote:I'll be honest here.

You need to do something about your shipping costs.

$16 to ship to California is WAY HIGH.


Call UPS. Its thier rate.
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