This is a high quality 304 stainless 2-piece body with a non-restricting "full port" ball and 1/2" NPT female threads on both ends. Use them on your boil kettle, HLT, mash tun, pumps, etc. Price this against your local homecenter's brass alternative and you'll find it's not much more money to go stainless.
Note when comparing pricing that these are absolutely the smoothest operating valves that we've seen to date in the "under $40 price point". So many companies are offering cheaper and cheaper valves to attract customers but we dare anyone to compare the quality of these valves against the competition. To make this a "weldless" valve, please purchase a weldless bulkhead separately.
Our primary stock on valves have vinyl handle wraps branded with the BrewHardware.com name but we may ship units with generic graphics from time to time. Be assured that the actual valve is exactly the same. Despite the picture showing a sliding lock on the handle, you may receive a valve without a lock. If it matters to you, please call ahead and we'll advise if the handles have locks or not.
Remember to use teflon tape on all threaded connections.
Please note: While two piece valves can be taken apart to gain access to the seals and ball, it is highly impractical to plan to do so. The amount of torque required to break the seal will likely damage the valve without attention to specific details. When taking it apart, a low profile plug should be inserted into both ends of the valve to prevent crushing when using a pipe wrench or bench vise. Box wrenches or 6 point sockets on breaker bars would be preferable as they apply more even pressure around the entire valve. If you think you be taking them apart often, you should look at the 3 piece (3PBV) valves as they come apart much easier. We do not provide warranty replacement on 2pc valves that are damaged when attempting to disassemble.