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Eagle vs. Justrite Gas Cans

Marcus Williams - Monday, August 08, 2016

Eagle and Justrite gas cans look similar and, in many ways, get the job done in a similar fashion. This does not mean gas cans from both manufacturers are the same. What may seem like small differences between the two gas cans can make a significant difference when each model is in storage or in use. Let’s look at all aspects of each can, breaking down the pros and cons of each brand, to see which gas can comes out ahead.

Justrite Gas Cans

Specializing in secure storage products, Justrite Manufacturing produces spill containment devices, fire safety products, and hazardous materials equipment. Their gas cans (made in China) are produced in accordance with the Justrite philosophy of manufacturing products with high-quality materials.

On the plus side, these cans fuel quickly and include components necessary to keep you safe. However, there are a number of design points that can make the Justrite gas can less convenient during fueling and for long-term use.

Pros

Justrite gas cans are constructed to be chemical and corrosion resistant. The bottom plate is thicker than the bottom of an Eagle gas can. Each model undergoes a leak test to make sure it is airtight, and all Justrite gas cans are covered with a 10 year warranty.

The arrestor screen on a Justrite can is made with precision to better prevent debris from flowing back up the nozzle. In the event of a flashback, this fire safety component is indispensable. The nozzle is extra long and allows a fast flow for safer and faster filling.

Cons

The zinc and copper metal in the Justrite gas can may cause fuel instability and gum formation (BP publication ADF 1402 7Feb2002: "Long term storage of diesel"). If water leaks into the can, bacterial or fungal growth can easily corrode the inside galvanizing. Zinc from galvanizing may also flake off and contaminate the fuel.

The lever on the Justrite gas can is prone to breaking since it is made from a non-ferrous cast alloy. The flexibility of its spout may seem like a benefit, but it can result in leaking from between the flex coils. Its construction also leads to small amounts of leakage where the nozzle connects to the can. The funnel and safety vent design can cause spills because the inlet is right above the spout, making it difficult to reach during fueling and increasing the chance of a spill through the vent.

Eagle Gas Cans

Eagle manufactures safety equipment, spill containment equipment, and material handling products. Eagle designs all the equipment they manufacture. The company is certified to the ISO-9001:2008 Quality System and as such as one of the most respected brand names for consistant quality and value. Plus, all Eagle products, including their gas cans, are made in USA.

The Eagle line of cans are made of lasting metal and include design features that reduce spilling and leakage during storage and use. The biggest drawback is that Eagle gas cans can be more awkward to handle.

Pros

The construction of the Eagle can prevents a lot of problems seen with other cans and is ideal for heavy-duty projects. Its two-piece design means there is no side or top seam, making it more resistant to bursting and leaks should it experience any damage. It is made from lead-free galvanized steel with a baked-on powder coat finish. This can is particularly resistant to denting on impact. The nozzle can be removed for easy storage, and its airtight design prevents vapor and liquid leakage.

The Eagle gas can’s filler spout is made from non-sparking brass, as are the flame arrestors at both openings to protect against flashbacks. The filling lid is spring-closed and can be used for pressure relief. Eagle’s can is UL and ULC listed and is FM approved.

Spills occur less often with the Eagle can. It pours effortlessly at full-tilt for more precision fueling even when filling smaller tanks (e.g. chainsaw tank). The vent positioned at the back of the can is easily opened when the can is in use, allowing for an increase in liquid flow.

Cons

The positioning of the lever on the Eagle gas can make it awkward to use. The outlet valve can also be difficult to pull open at first, and it can be hard to pull the handle. Eagle cans are more expensive than comparable Justrite cans and plastic gas cans from other brands.

Eagle vs. Justrite Gas Cans: Which Is Better?

In our opinion, the Eagle can comes out on top in the end due to its reliability during use and overall quality. The Justrite can has its benefits, but doesn’t quite measure up in terms of construction, spill protection, and corrosion resistance.

Eagle cans are at the mid-price-point range, but are worth the extra money when you compare their functionality to plastic cans and other low-end models. You can SHOP THE FULL LINE OF EAGLE GAS CAN PRODUCTS to find the right gas can for your use.