Rated 3.7 out of 5Â by 45
Rated 1 out of 5Â by WarrenTheTinkerer Not 100% brass
I bought two more of these 1.97 metal quick connection sets last night thinking the first which I've had less than year was fine. Today I took off the one I've been using to examine it. The ball bearing created dents in the aluminum-brass coated material making it harder to rotate. I also recently had a bad experience with another garden faucet attachment using materials which appears to be identical. This was a 4-in-1 faucet sold by Harbor Freight. With this 4-in-1 Faucet, the swivel joint looks like this Melnor quick disconnect material. It corroded very badly and snapped off after two years. I keep that faucet on constantly and used the ball valves of the 4-in-1 valve. Fortunately this broke when I pulled out a hose to wash the car. The joint was extremely fragile. It was my good fortune this break happened then and not while I was away for a day or on a vacation trip.
Besides the pitting on this disconnect, two additional images are attached showing the 4-in-1 valve with the swivel joint which looks identical to the material used in this quick disconnect. That is brass plated aluminum.
Also after reading other reviews here, I'm returning these and will look for units that are 100% brass. One reviewer suggested Tractor Supply. I found Tractor Supply online and they have 100% brass quick disconnects which are advertised as compliant in all 50 States. This compliant qualification I would have easily overlooked had I not read the reviews and seen how poorly a value my units are because of the material used.
Home Depot should examine and probably remove all the Melnor products from their stock as long as they are constructed with brass coated aluminum. These products are an expensive water flood accident waiting to happen..
November 24, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by MinnesotaGardener Better than plastic, I guess.
I bought into this system to deal with the gradual failure of the various other plastic quick connect systems out there. This one seemed like it should be better -- metal construction, bearings, etc. However, the smaller interior seal became problematic within a year of moderate usage. It would get dislodged during disconnect/connect by a combination of the hose seal and the lip of my hose's male end. The hose end was pressed metal with a fairly narrow opening and this would 'catch' the seal and pull it partly off resulting in the connector spraying water after disconnecting. I used a small grinder to slightly enlarge the hose's end and looked around for a hose seal that had a larger inside diameter so as to avoid that seal 'catching on the connector's interior seal. This trouble shooting helped the situation until--
--the metal seat for the interior seal began to crumble away. I now have a raggedy opening that is too irregular/large for the seal to seat properly so, once again, it sprays water when disconnecting [see pic I'll try to include in this review]. This appears to be a result of the metal itself simply deteriorating. The metal, which had at first seemed so much better than plastic, is apparently nothing but prettily anodized base metal that cannot stand up to ordinary usage more than a year or two. Bummer. BTW: We use ordinary city water so there's nothing there that should cause the metal to erode like you see.
July 2, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5Â by kejad don't buy: aluminum alloy - corrodes quickly
Quick connects are really, really useful for gardening, but take some time and find some that are made out of brass. (Tractor Supply carries brass ones.) This version is made with an aluminum alloy that will corrode after a season or two. The corrosion in the threads completely locked one onto a nice brass hose valve that I had, and the corrosion on all of the male ones impede the operation of the locking mechanism.
I bought these two years ago at the same time that I bought some brass ones from TSC. The brass ones are as good as new; these aluminum ones are useless. Save your money and hunt down brass quick connects; HD should really stop selling these.
June 18, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by joeshmoewichita Cheap Metal Corrodes to Hose End Do Not Buy
These quick disconnects are made with very cheap metal and corrode. Left for any length of time attached to the hose fitting or a faucet it will corrode/oxidize to the fitting possible causing you to ruin your hose or faucet trying to remove quick disconnect. I bought two of these sets for front and back ended up having to cut of the hose end and buy a replacement end to remove the quick disconnect. Quick disconnect was ultimately destroyed during remove from hose end. Save yourself some time and money don't buy this product.
May 24, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by mandm never again
One of the reasons we use a disconnect is to unhook hoses in the winter to keep our hydrants from freezing. With the built in valve the water cannot drain, soooo guess what happens, the hydrant freezes and splits and now you have to replace the hydrant for about $75.00 and about 2 hours to dig up the old one and replace it. Would not recommend this to anyone!!!
October 4, 2014