Smoky Lake ball valves are 100% 304 stainless steel, NOT nickel plated. Even the handle is stainless steel.
When comparing to competitors make sure you are looking at FULL PORT ball valves. If the valve is not full port your syrup flow will be significantly restricted and your vessel will not drain completely.
In response to customer feedback, these 3/4″ and 1/2″ ball valves no longer have slide locks on them.