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Gate and blade valves have the advantage of full flow. Most plastic ball valves are "nominal" and the ball inside is actually smaller than the rated size. So if you are using PVC ball valves with slip socket ends and flow is important, you should use the next size up and then use reducer bushings to take it back down. Or you can use gate/blade valves, which by their design are full flow.
Note: Blade valves generally have a simple shaft that the gate is pulled up or pushed down into place. Gate valves also have a gate, but it usually is moved by a shaft with threads that move it up or down more slowly. Blade valves are great when you want an "instant open" or "instant close." Gate valves are better if you are trying to regulate the flow somewhat. Ball valves are the best when cost is a factor. Ball valves are by far the least expensive valves available. True Union Ball Valves are one of the most expensive valves, however they can be rebuilt and serviced and are generally a better made valve.
See Our Valve Overview Page for links to all the different types of control valves we sell. Below you'll find a wide selection of PVC ball valves with slip socket ends. Whether you are looking for white or gray options in a specific size, we're sure to have the plastic ball valves you need.
4" Ball Valve with slip socket ends. GRAY with red handle. Test pressure 225PSI at 73F, working pressure 150PSI at 73F. Rated temperature range, 40F to 125F continuous, up to 140F for short periods. EPDM seal and O-ring. (Nominal flow, not full flow design.) Easy to turn single arm handle! Imported, Made in China