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Old 11-12-2007, 03:36 PM   #1
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Which do you prefer? I'm buying whichever faucets rank the best. I'm tired of the "sticking" aspect of my current faucets. Thanks

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Old 11-12-2007, 04:19 PM   #2
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I have used both, I didn't vote because I think they are made to darn near the same spec's. Never had a problem out of either one. Go for price. You will be happy either way.

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Old 11-12-2007, 05:57 PM   #4
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So its 3-2 so far. Glad to hear they're both solid designs. If it really is all the same, I'll go strictly by pricing...

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Here's the only difference I can figure. Perlick tap handles don't rotate, Shirrons do. There was an older picture comparing the inside machining between the two and clearly the Shirron (Ventimatic at the time) was worked a little better. However, my perlick looked exactly like the shirron pic. Who knows, they're both great and for the most part Perlicks are cheaper $29 from superprod.com unless you nail a deal on Ebay.

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I have Perlicks, but have never used the other, so I can't compare. I like the Perlicks, though.

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...Perlick tap handles don't rotate, Shirrons do...
By this do you mean the Perlick's don't have the 'lock nut' so that you can center your tap handles securely? I was going to get some for Christmas but I have some tap handles that definitely won't be centered without that.
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By this do you mean the Perlick's don't have the 'lock nut' so that you can center your tap handles securely? I was going to get some for Christmas but I have some tap handles that definitely won't be centered without that.
He means that Shirrons/Ventmatics rotate by design, and Perlicks do not. This photo demonstrates why. If you don't want your Ventmatics to rotate, there is a retrofit kit available.

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He means that Shirrons/Ventmatics rotate by design, and Perlicks do not. This photo demonstrates why. If you don't want your Ventmatics to rotate, there is a retrofit kit available.

So, do I want them to rotate or do I not want them to? I'm newer when it comes to draft setups...
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Generally you don't want them to swivel. It is a "feature" for a commercial bar so that when a keg is kicked, you can swivel the tap handle to indicate to customers that the brand is out.


Bradsul. Buy the Perlicks. They have the locknut.

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