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Baker Drill Pipe Float Valves: They No Longer Exist! Here’s Why

Often, we get calls from rig supply companies saying they need Baker drill pipe Float Valves.
For these folks, we have good news and bad news.
The bad news: Baker float valves don’t exist anymore.
The good news: Keystone makes a Baker®-style valve that actually improves on the original. 
Model G
“The Baker® drill pipe Float valve was THE float valve of choice for many years,” explains Joe Ramey, President at Keystone Energy Tools. “That’s who originated it and built it first.”
By the 1990s, a few other oilfield tools manufacturers started making them. But for many, the Baker® brand was the only one they would use, and Baker® SPD was considered to be the leading manufacturer of Drill Pipe Float valves in the industry.
In 2006 Baker Hughes® sold off Baker SPD® and quit making Float Valves.
So there is an education gap there, and we find ourselves explaining to the customer that there IS no Baker® drill pipe float valve any longer.”
But there’s good news. The Baker® brand was well-loved due to its quality production and superior engineering, construction and dependability. And today that quality has been matched—and exceeded— with the Keystone Energy Tools line of float valves. These valves are manufactured with alloy steel integral, cages & plungers to produce the most reliable float valve on the market today.

We make a Baker®-style drill pipe float valve that is actually better than the original. For example, we use a better quality spring and better materials through out. Inconel® or stainless steel springs come standard on all Keystone valves and are significantly more resistant to corrosion when compared to standard service springs provided by most other manufacturers.

Another benefit? Keystone valves come with certifications (traceability).

“We started stenciling each float valve with an independent serial number and a work order so we can trace the origin,” Ramey says. Keystone also stencils inserts with heat codes and material codes so they can trace that insert back to where they bought the material.

“I don’t think anybody else is doing traceability of inserts and float valves,” Ramey says. “We offer documentation and traceability on each insert and float valve that we manufacture.”

Keystone also offers “white label” (private label) on inserts & float valves, only available for quantity orders of float valves.

Other benefits of Keystone offers its float valve customers:
  • All Flappers are investment cast and then case hardened for wear resistance.
  • Elastomers available are Nitrile Butadiene (NBR /Buna N), Hydrogen Nitrile Butadiene (HNBR), and Viton® (Fluoroelastomer / FKM).
  • All KET Float Valves, baffle plates, and valve pullers are interchangeable with the Baker® Style Model F, and Baker® Style Model G Float Valves.

Being the “little guy” enables Keystone to give the best service and level of professionalism in the industry.

One of the big advantages we have is it’s a lot easier to do business with us. A customer calls us at 10 in the morning or 2 in the afternoon, it’s going to get shipped the same day. You call our competition, you might not get a phone call back for two days.

Keystone can be trusted to get you the right parts on time.

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