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Chibils
08-13-2009, 3:35 PM
Hello,

I am looking at a used MR-1. Judging by the looks, it is old(er). All of the fittings/trim/etc. is a "schedule-80 gray" and the thumb screws are white. The body looks shortened and the neck looks elongated compared to the pictures currently on the mrc site. There are some other aesthetic changes, such as the injector housing.

Can anyone approximate an age for me? If so, what is the difference?


Thanks,
Scott

Amici
08-13-2009, 3:51 PM
You are going to have to post pics to explain the modifications that have been done. I would be weary of the change of the injector housing as all beckets are not created equal.

Chibils
08-13-2009, 8:08 PM
Was waiting on a pic.

http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww301/jcovercash/For%20Sale/Skimmer/IMG_3714.jpg

From my understanding, no mods have been made. This is just how the skimmer is.

Skriz
08-13-2009, 10:33 PM
That's an MR-1 with a quick release. It looks like a union has been added to the injector for ease of plumbing.

The skimmer looks to be in good shape. The union won't affect performance.

Chibils
08-13-2009, 11:33 PM
But this is the same build, more or less, as the ones currently for sale? It is no different (besides cosmetically) than the newer MR-1s? Because if it's not the same, I'd rather drive up there and buy it. He wants 300, and I can diy a waste collector for $0. Plus I have a spare pump lying around. :D

Amici
08-14-2009, 12:13 AM
Wow he wants $300? I think that my used MRC-2R was only $300 and I got it from MRC! Keep in mind for a beckett skimmer to perform properly you need a high pressure or pressure rated pump.

Skriz
08-14-2009, 12:17 AM
But this is the same build, more or less, as the ones currently for sale? It is no different (besides cosmetically) than the newer MR-1s? Because if it's not the same, I'd rather drive up there and buy it. He wants 300, and I can diy a waste collector for $0. Plus I have a spare pump lying around. :D

Do yourself a favor and get the peace of mind of a new unit. A standard MR-1 is $320, in stock. Worth $20 imo.

Chibils
08-14-2009, 12:41 AM
Yeah. I've almost taken an MR-2 for $175 shipped, but I only have 25" clearance under my stand. Plus it's way overkill. ;)

My spare pump is a Mak4.


Raj, please let me know if a used/refurbished/anything MR-1 becomes available. Since my tank is 90G, I simply can't justify a $325 skimmer. Around Christmas, I'll be plumbing another 40G tank into my tank, so I want to find a way to fit an MR-2. They seem to be more commonly available.



P.P.S. I told him no way. An MR-2 costs less than that used.

Amici
08-14-2009, 12:50 AM
My tank is a 90g as well and im running a 2R :) Keeps it mighty clean and im going to attach my 60g cube and frag system to my 90g bc the skimmer can take it. The lighting and skimmers are two places I dont fool around.

Skriz
08-14-2009, 12:51 AM
Yeah. I've almost taken an MR-2 for $175 shipped, but I only have 25" clearance under my stand. Plus it's way overkill. ;)

My spare pump is a Mak4.


Raj, please let me know if a used/refurbished/anything MR-1 becomes available. Since my tank is 90G, I simply can't justify a $325 skimmer. Around Christmas, I'll be plumbing another 40G tank into my tank, so I want to find a way to fit an MR-2. They seem to be more commonly available.



P.P.S. I told him no way. An MR-2 costs less than that used.

$325 is nothing to spend on a quality skimmer. A 90g tank is nothing to be ashambed of..that's a good sized tank. And remember, it's not the tank, it's the inhabitants that will benefit from the skimmer.

DOn't hold your breath on a used skimmer from MRC. We don't get any returns...ever. Anything built that is not perfect is immediately destroyed; we don't sell "Seconds". :)

Amici
08-14-2009, 12:54 AM
DOn't hold your breath on a used skimmer from MRC. We don't get any returns...ever. Anything built that is not perfect is immediately destroyed; we don't sell "Seconds". :)

Yup, Ive seen the shop. They don't even let Raj in the glue room any more. :lol2:

Chibils
08-14-2009, 1:04 AM
The only reason I'm interested in an MRC skimmer is that I know they're so good.

However, my Octo NW150 is doing a decent job. Medium bioload with a huge refugium and very few corals. Is an MR-2 managable with 25" clearance under the stand? It's very difficult to remove the Octo cup as-is because of the funky angle between the top of the sump and the bottom of the door cavity in my stand. I imagine a beast like an MR-2 would dwarf the whole thing, yet I'm drooling over them. It's the first thing I look for any time I get on rc. I just... stare at them. Hell, it took me almost an hour to fit the Octo into my sump through the door cavity in the stand. An MR-2 wouldn't fit even if I crammed it in. I'm looking at one used for $225+shipping (probably negotiable since it started at $300 and has been dropping with little interest) - and that includes the pump! I'll have no use for the one I have now. :)

Under normal circumstances, I wouldn't hesitate a bit to drop $325 on one of your skimmers. However, as a part-time college student, my annual income is less than $5000. And I have to buy a controller and all related accessories before I head off to school again next week.


If I could cram it in there, how difficult is it to diy a waste collector? :) Just drill a 3/8" hole, teflon tape some airline hose onto the cup, and let 'er drain into a 3L?

Edit: Sorry for the rambling. I'm tired.

Chibils
08-14-2009, 1:22 AM
I found a used MR-1 for $100 shipped! With waste collector! I'll jump on it, I hope. :3

Great price for a great product. Hopefully I can get some more pics and a definitive age.
Also, will a Mak 4 work with an MR-1?

Chibils
08-15-2009, 12:08 AM
It is three years old. Is it the same skimmer that you make today? Damage doesn't concern me too much as there are no moving parts, but it appears to be in good condition.

Pics to come tomorrow!

Chibils
08-15-2009, 10:26 PM
How new is this? (Or rather, how closely can you date it by the "MRC MR-1" tag?)

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j224/deaclauderdale/stuff%204%20sale/skimmer.jpg
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j224/deaclauderdale/stuff%204%20sale/skimmer4.jpg


Also, can an MR-1 happily be run on a Mak4?

Thanks for all the help!

Chibils
08-16-2009, 7:36 PM
Anyone? :(

weaglereefer
08-16-2009, 8:06 PM
It's the weekend, have patience.

But how awesome is it that you're getting customer service buying a used product and not from a dealer.

Chibils
08-16-2009, 8:32 PM
Pretty awesome, even though it is their product. :D

weaglereefer
08-16-2009, 8:45 PM
Pretty awesome, even though it is their product. :D


Try going to a Ford dealership and tell them you're buying a used Focus from a 3rd party (not a new one from the dealer), but want to know a lot of info about the car, and see what happens.

JessPete
08-16-2009, 8:53 PM
We have an mr-1 on our 90. LOVE IT!

Amici
08-16-2009, 8:56 PM
Try going to a Ford dealership and tell them you're buying a used Focus from a 3rd party (not a new one from the dealer), but want to know a lot of info about the car, and see what happens.

Yup my thoughts exactly. Or even better, like in this case you take the Focus to the dealership and expect them to look at it and tell you if anything is wrong for free.

DannyBradley
08-16-2009, 9:04 PM
It has the older injector, but current beckett. You'll need a new gate valve depending on how you plumb it as it looks like the glued PVC exiting it was cut off flush.

Chibils
08-16-2009, 10:08 PM
That's a 3rd party trying to sell the product as well. :)
If I went to Ford and asked them to tell me about the Focus, I'm sure (or at least hope :/) they'd be willing to help me out.

But I get your point.

Is the older injector a point of concern?

weaglereefer
08-16-2009, 10:50 PM
Ok, if you went to the CEO of Ford and asked him to tell you about a Focus, then this would be comparable, lol.