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Rifeng radiant manifold experiences

cabowencabowen Posts: 12Member
Good? bad? Please share your experience with these...hard to justify the 2-3x cost of the big names if these get the job done....Thanks.

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  • nibsnibs Posts: 158Member
    Happy with mine so far, but has only been in service for about 3 weeks.
  • GroundUpGroundUp Posts: 423Member
    I've got well over 100 sets of Rifeng manifolds out there and aside from a couple missing o-rings, they have been all but flawless. The Bluefin ones are almost identical, except the drains are MPT instead of MHT for some reason. Never a single leak from the factory, and the price can't be beat. Now, if you're going to be using actuators, then I'd look elsewhere. I wouldn't expect the parts market to be available forever. Basic single zone setups, they've been great for me
  • cabowencabowen Posts: 12Member
    Why wouldn't you use them with actuators?
  • cabowencabowen Posts: 12Member
    I found one vendor of Rifeng manifolds which supplies caleffi actuators for them....I assume the reservation expressed above by GroundUp about using these Rifeng manifolds with actuators is due to the actuators normally being some off brand, rather than something known like caleffi???
  • GroundUpGroundUp Posts: 423Member
    cabowen said:

    I found one vendor of Rifeng manifolds which supplies caleffi actuators for them....I assume the reservation expressed above by GroundUp about using these Rifeng manifolds with actuators is due to the actuators normally being some off brand, rather than something known like caleffi???

    Correct
  • GroundUpGroundUp Posts: 423Member
    @hot rod_7 can you confirm this? I've done some digging myself and there is a vendor stating that the 656404 Caleffi actuators are for the Rifeng manifolds. Anywhere else that sells these actuators don't seem to mention what exactly they fit
  • hot_rodhot_rod Posts: 11,001Member
    It would be hard to say for sure without us trying one.

    Thread size is standard, but the pin stroke may vary from brand to brand. If the stroke is off, either the valve will not open completely, or out may not shut off all the way.

    Install an actuator and blow in the port when it is powered open, and closed off is one simple test :)

    We sold actuators for Rehau manifolds, but they required and adapter spacer

    -R after the part number in our catalog gets a Rehau version TwisTop actuator.
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    The magic is in hydronics, and hydronics is in me
  • GroundUpGroundUp Posts: 423Member
    I can't seem to find what exactly Caleffi makes that aforementioned 656404 unit for. "universal" perhaps?
  • hot_rodhot_rod Posts: 11,001Member
    The 656 actuators fit the zone valve bodies and also our manifolds. It may work on many other brands of manifolds if you can confirm then valve stem stroke.

    It is the only 250mA, NEMA 3 sealed actuator that I and aware of. Approved for upside down use on chilled water applications where moisture is present.

    We also have a high Cv, high shut off pressure, thermal zone valve now, with any selection of fittings for the union body.

    Here is an example of tailpiece options that fit 12 different products in out line that have 1" G thread bodies. Mix and match tailpieces.
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    The magic is in hydronics, and hydronics is in me
  • GroundUpGroundUp Posts: 423Member
    Great info, Bob. Thank you!
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