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    Best stainless steel developing tanks?

    So, I've settled on Hewes stainless steel reels for my processing. I love the reels, but hate my tanks. They are a hodge-podge of brands, and they all leak. Some are steel lids, and those always stick.

    I'm looking for a stainless steel tank with plastic lid that is easy to fill and doesn't leak. So, what's the best?
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    Me too!

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    I just use the generic SS tanks from Freestyle or B&H. Cheap enough and they work fine with Hewes reels (all I use). The 4 reel tank even comes with the little lift rod.

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    Generic ones, made by Kalt, are just fine. I see no difference in quality between these cheap tanks and expensive ones like Kinderman. Reels are another matter; cheap ones SUCK and Hewes are the only game in town.
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    I'm using Adorama brand ones. I *think* they actually came in Kalt box.
    http://www.adorama.com/DKT135.html

    Works very well and have been enjoying it for 2 years.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    How is the lid holding up on the Kalt?
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    Mine is fine after 2 years. No leaks, no damages, and I haven't lost the cap, yet.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    I would like to know where you can get just a lid, the tanks all appear to be the same spun stainless cans and of good quality, but the molding quality of the plastic lids is all over the place. I had a great lid that didn't leak, then it cracked, I got a new tank and lid but the new lid leaks no mater what tank I put it on.
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    Kalt used to sell just the plastic replacement lids, I have one stashed away just in case I loose a lid or cap.
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    Freestyle sells their Arista brand caps ($4-5), and you can also get Kindermann brand caps from B&H (for $20).
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