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oakbarn 01-17-2012 05:39 PM

Mark 2 Keg Washer
 
Save your money. The older model was much better. This thing is flimsy. :mad::mad::mad::mad: The base comes loose every time I put a different keg on it. I am afraid to use it for a carboy as I think it will tip and break the carboy. It has dropped a keg twice.

RobbyBeers 01-18-2012 04:53 PM

Really? I just got a Mark 2, and I'm digging it so far.

What's happening with yours? Is it the white snap-on collar that's falling off?

kincade 01-18-2012 05:23 PM

Problems fixed on mine. All good!!

oakbarn 01-20-2012 02:01 PM

I am returning mine as I now do have a busted Carboy. The Mark 1 looks like a great piece of equipment. The Mark 2 is too light with a pump you can
Buy at Harbor Freight for $14. You can make a better holder out of PVC

kincade 01-20-2012 03:55 PM

That's too bad, sorry to hear it. Wish there were still MarkIs available.

Other problem I've noticed is the suction cups routinely pop off the pump. Not a huge deal, but they are hard to get back in.

kincade 01-20-2012 10:58 PM

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FYI, I emailed Mark to ask about these problems, here is his response. I'm pleased with his service, especially since I didn't buy from him! Hope this helps some of you out.

Quote:

Sorry about the problems you are having with the kegwasher.

I remove the suction cups from the pump because they tend to keep you from being able to move the pump into position and the feet do like to come off when you adjust it. They are mainly there for shipping. If you pull the front and back covers off the pump, the feet will slide into the notches if you do want to keep them. The covers are held on by clips but do come off.

As far at the collar coming loose, make sure you have ALL THREE legs snapped in. I tend to do them one at a time. The feet kind of wedge in behind little towers in the horizontal part of the base and the clip they snap into. It is easy to miss one and the leg of the collar ends up in front of the little tower instead of being wedged in behind it. If this happens, the collar is definately vulnerable to coming off. You should be able to pick up the unit by the collar and wiggle it around a bit without it coming off. I have attached some pics of the clips and how the collar legs are snapped in.

Give the above a try.

If the clips do not hold the collar on firmly, it is possible that the base or the collar might have come out of the mold warped. If this happens, the clips might spread out and not engage the collar properly. If this is the case, let us know and we will replace the unit for you.

If the unit is warped, send it to me and I will replace it. If you want a refund, then send it back to More beer. They will credit you and then I will credit them.

In any case let me know what happens. This is a new product so you are the first to encounter this problem. We want to make sure everybody loves the keg washer and enjoy using it for years.


NattyBrew 01-20-2012 11:03 PM

Would you mind posting some pictures of the unit in use, or with a keg on it? I've been kind of interested in the unit to try and cut down on the water I waste filling carboys and kegs to let them soak with oxyclean and wondering if this thing is well designed or whether I should try and engineer something on my own.

Much appreciated!

kincade 01-20-2012 11:07 PM

I will if I can make it work for me, but I won't be using it again for at least a week. Someone else may be able to post a few photos of it in use. I added a 't' and 2 QD's so that it cleans a keg and both posts at the same time.

mcritchlow 01-20-2012 11:28 PM

i got one of these too. just a heads up that 6.5 gallon carboys, at least mine, don't fit correctly on the base. i got it to work by double stacking a carboy drainer on top of the base and then it worked fine and was stable. I think it works great for cleaning kegs.

MarkII 01-21-2012 12:24 AM

Hi every body
I'm Mark, inventor of mark's keg washer
sorry to hear you guys are having problems with the clips.
I lost my shirt on the mark 1, too difficult to weld together and plumb.
I like the Mark 2 better because it is lighter and the pump is not plumbed in, so its easier to clean and maintain. The clips are strong enough to do the job but are not strong enough to man-handle. Any suggestions on how to make them even stronger would greatly be appreciated. Also, the $14 pump at harbor frieght is 120 to 200 gallons per hour. the Mark 2 pump is 520 gallons per hour. Maybe 200 gallons per hour would work, I never tried to go that low in my testing. I made the Mark 2 for guys who did not want to make their own keg washer. There are lots of great examples of do-it-yourself keg washers on youtube. Cheers.

btw, you can email me at mark@kegwasher.com, thanks


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