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Swivel types... which to choose?

Discussion in 'Regulators' started by Rkelleyj, Mar 11, 2021.

  1. Streydog

    Streydog Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: DFW, TX
    I changed out my factory hose on my B2 to a 40" DGX hose with a 90 degree fitting routed under my arm last year. So far so good. It is much more streamlined. If you are in heavy current with the factory hose you can feel it shaking. Only thing I would change at this point is to go with a a little longer than a 40" hose, still routing it under the arm.
  2. Wibble

    Wibble Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: UK
    Have seen a couple of swivels fail, one whilst diving in a mine. They literally fell apart.

    I wouldn’t have one anywhere near my kit.

    Elbows seem to be reliable.
  3. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane Contributor

    Has anyone had an aftermarket omniswivel come apart in the last 5-7 years? It's my understanding that there are 2 versions. The 1st had issues. The 2nd (as far as I'm told and experienced) doesn't have those issues.

    But sh!t....I can't remember what those issues were!!

    I've had my 2nd revision aftermarket omniswivels for at least the last 2.5 years (60 ish dives).
  4. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Same ocean as you!
    No swivels on the second stage, sometimes swivels on the first stage
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  5. scrane

    scrane Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Boise, ID.
  6. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane Contributor

    This is what I have. I like them but I think I could really get away with seeing what position will "work" for me and just ordering the correct angled fittings. It's not like I really use the swivel except for in the beginning of a dive to adjust to where I want it. To be honest, I bought these years ago because they looked cool.

    360 Degree Swivel for 2nd Stages

    ****If anyone is looking at a swivel, just know that they don't exactly "swivel" under pressure. You can move them, but it's not like the swivel will move by itself as you turn your head.
    -JD- and lexvil like this.
  7. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Greater Philadelphia, PA
    Question on ball-swivel versions and safety. Unexpected, spontaneous, partial disassembly has been raised as a critical, but occasional issue. The current versions seem to have some form of set screw that is intended to prevent the main swivel-shaft screw from being able to work lose.

    Any thoughts on the absolute and relative safety of these locked-screw designs?

    Omni Swivel now has the V2 swivel that utilizes a set-screw that comes in from the side (perpendicular) to lock the swivel-shaft screw and prevent it backing out.
    OmniSwivel, Standard Regulator SW-S

    Piranha has a (new version of their?) swivel that from the service kit schematic seems to utilize a coaxial set screw to lock it from the opposite end of the axle bore.
    360 Degree Swivel for 2nd Stages
    New! 360 Degree Swivel Rebuild Kit , Piranha Dive Shop |
    As a side note, at $21 for the assembly, and $8 for the rebuild kit, it is probably worth it to to just replace the whole assembly when the time comes.

    The Cave Adventures (IIRC @tbone1004 and others have recommended this one on at least a few occasions) also seems to have an end-set screw at this point.
    Cave Adventurers - Swivel - Marianna, Florida USA - Never Undersold!
  8. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    @-JD- if you use a dab of blue loctite on them like the service manual says to do *which most people don't and is why they separate*, then it's a nonissue. The set screw is certainly an improvement, but the guys down at Cave Adventurers use theirs all day every day and I don't think they've ever had a failure. They rebuild them when the regulators get rebuilt, and they do it properly with the dab of blue loctite. I have had one failure and it was from when I disassembled it and didn't have the loctite with me. 3 days later it split. That is the only failure I've ever had and I have over 2 dozen regulators with them on there and have been using them for almost a decade and that's the only failure I've ever experienced.
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  9. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane Contributor

    I'm not sure why Mr. Randy's (Piranha) has a picture of a screw like that, but mine are both hex like the Cave Adventurers. In the Piranha rebuild kit it even says "Hex" under #8.

    I do not have any information as to what is different about the older version, I was just told the new version doesn't fall apart.... and I haven't died...yet.
  10. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Greater Philadelphia, PA
    Thanks for the reassuring comments!

    If I had to venture a guess, Randy just didn't get around to updating the picture ...
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