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    I am looking at the expensive brands vs the inexpensive and having little to no luck determining the difference by dissection. Is it worth the expense of the expensive brands? Trying to keep cost down and quality up.
    I have never had a piston failure on any of my props with any brand. Thoughts?
     

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    What do you consider an expensive vs inexpensive brand. I have used cylinders from almost every manufacturer. Are you considering the difference non-repairable rolled construction cylinders vs repairable tie rod cylinders?
    Brian Warner
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    Mechanical Designer (animatronics) at Gore Galore www.Gore-Galore.com
     

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    Have you had failures with any brand?
     

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    I have never had a failure with any industrial pneumatic cylinder from any manufacture. That includes SMC, Bimba, Parker, Festo, Clippard, American Cylinder, Numatics, Tolomatic, Fabco and others. I have used cylinders from all of these manufacturers either in Haunt related applications, or my day job building filling and packaging machines. Bimba is probably the best all around supplier for range of products, price and availability.
    Brian Warner
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    Mechanical Designer (animatronics) at Gore Galore www.Gore-Galore.com
     

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    Thanks Brian!
     

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    I too have used many of the brands Brian listed. There was one manufacturer (can't remember which) has a weird thread size so you had to use their connectors.

    Bimba seems to be one the most known manufacturer but I think as long as it is an actual industrial steel cylinder there shouldn't be any complaints. .

    Now those PVC cylinders and hacked door closers????? Different story!! Considering there are actually still haunt vendors out there using water SPRINKLER values in construction of air cannons using just industrial parts is a BIG plus!!!
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