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A water rocket is a type of model rocket using water as its reaction mass. The pressure vessel (the engine of the rocket) is constructed from thin plastic or other non metallic materials (usually a used plastic soft drink bottle) weighing 1,500 grams or less. The water is forced out by compressed air. It is an example of Newton's third law of motion.

Gardena Manufacturers?

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Gardena Manufacturers?

Post by Rocket_Scientist » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:41 pm

Hi guys.

Are there any pros / cons to using one over the other?

Gardena

Gilmour


Claber



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Re: Gardena Manufacturers?

Post by Blenderite » Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:05 am

Welcome to the forums!!!

Personally, I have only ever used the Gilmour quick connects because they are all the my local hardware stores carry! Personally, I don't like the idea of paying a bunch of shipping to get Gardena quick connects from Europe. I have never even heard of the Claber brand. You can try them. I doubt there is much functional difference between the brands. The one thing to look out for is to find the one that makes the best water and pressure proof seal. That is very important. Also, for smaller rockets, I would go with the plastic nozzles.

FYI, by using these types of nozzles you will need to either keep your rockets relatively light or use high pressure (over 80 psi). The reason is that these nozzles are reduced nozzles, they produce less thrust than a full bore rocket will. Therefor they accelerate at a slower rate. If you have a heavy rocket, or use low pressure, there is a high chance that the rocket will not go straight up, because the rocket doesn't have enough acceleration to stay upright. I have had heavy rockets go horizontal when using these reduced nozzles, not fun.

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Re: Gardena Manufacturers?

Post by U.S. Water Rockets1 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:53 pm

DogLover wrote:Welcome to the forums!!!

Personally, I have only ever used the Gilmour quick connects because they are all the my local hardware stores carry! Personally, I don't like the idea of paying a bunch of shipping to get Gardena quick connects from Europe. I have never even heard of the Claber brand. You can try them. I doubt there is much functional difference between the brands. The one thing to look out for is to find the one that makes the best water and pressure proof seal. That is very important. Also, for smaller rockets, I would go with the plastic nozzles.

FYI, by using these types of nozzles you will need to either keep your rockets relatively light or use high pressure (over 80 psi). The reason is that these nozzles are reduced nozzles, they produce less thrust than a full bore rocket will. Therefor they accelerate at a slower rate. If you have a heavy rocket, or use low pressure, there is a high chance that the rocket will not go straight up, because the rocket doesn't have enough acceleration to stay upright. I have had heavy rockets go horizontal when using these reduced nozzles, not fun.

Have fun, be safe!

Does anyone make a connect that has bearings in the latch instead of the plastic tabs? Years ago there were some made in the USA that had a teflon or nylon bearing mechanism. This was back like 20 years ago when people used them to connect hoses together and not for water rockets.


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Re: Gardena Manufacturers?

Post by arjan » Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:38 pm

U.S. Water Rockets1 wrote: Does anyone make a connect that has bearings in the latch instead of the plastic tabs? Years ago there were some made in the USA that had a teflon or nylon bearing mechanism. This was back like 20 years ago when people used them to connect hoses together and not for water rockets.
Do you mean something like this?
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Re: Gardena Manufacturers?

Post by U.S. Water Rockets1 » Sun Oct 20, 2013 12:23 am

arjan wrote:
U.S. Water Rockets1 wrote: Does anyone make a connect that has bearings in the latch instead of the plastic tabs? Years ago there were some made in the USA that had a teflon or nylon bearing mechanism. This was back like 20 years ago when people used them to connect hoses together and not for water rockets.
Do you mean something like this?
There is nothing like that in our local hardware stores. Does that accept the same plastic fittings that everyone uses, or does it require a special metal male part in order to work properly?


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Re: Gardena Manufacturers?

Post by arjan » Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:19 am

Yes they accept the standard 9mm gardena fittings.
Do you want to exchange for PLP. :lol:


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