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Old 01-28-2013, 03:03 PM   #21
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Having never tried to keep a tank, doesn't it have to go in for hydrostatic testing every few years anyway? Will they do THAT while you wait? I always assumed that no matter what that shiny new tank will have to get turned in.

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Old 01-28-2013, 03:12 PM   #22
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I think hydro is done every 5 years for an aluminum tank. Longer for steal with a star stamped next to the date. one of the nice things about exchanges is that you don't need to worry about that.

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Old 01-28-2013, 03:25 PM   #23
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Unfortunately for mikem2690 there is a big difference in his market (Maine) and your market (Las Vegas). I have been in industrial gas and welding business for over 20 years and there are not an abundance of distributors let alone ones with cylinder filling facilities in Maine. And even if they have a Co2 capabilities they most often don't have the personnel available to "fill while you wait".

mikem2690, my advice to you is if you want to keep our shiny new cylinder find a fire extinguisher service facility in your area. It's been my experience that most of them will fill while you wait, at a better price than most industrial gas distributor. If you strike out there find a paint ball shop and they may be able to fill you tank, but they are usually a bit pricy.

I found this facility relatively close to you:

Quality Fire Protection‎
15 Old South Road
South Berwick, ME 03908
(207) 384-6211
I've been all over the place in the Portland Maine area (gas distributor, fire extinguisher place), and the cheapest I've found is an exchange. Between that and the other intangibles associated with filling (why are they never open on weekends?!?, hydrostatic testing (although I haven't been there yet), having to wait (its never been a 2 minute affair for me...try 20-25 minutes))...exchange is the way to go, at least in this neck of the woods.

To the OP: lesson learned, the tanks I get in exchange look pretty new anyway. At the end of the day its a tank, right? Going to bounce around and get dinged up. Lives in the back of a refrigerator after all....

You could return or sell the new one and buy a used tank, but then that is more time out of your life. Suck it up and move on, if you ask me.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:27 PM   #24
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Thank you everyone for your feedback. Unfortunately the answer to my question seems to be overall, Yes I did waste my money on a new co2 tank. After reading through the reply's, and looking at the pros an cons I have decided to just exchange my new tank for a filled used one. It's cheaper, takes less time, and I don't have to worry about getting it inspected. I am going to chalk it up as a lesson learned, and let this be a cautionary tale to any one looking to purchase a co2 tank. Here is what I got from your replies.

[Buying Used CO2 Tank Benifits]
Cheap, Can Exchange For a Full One For Less Money Than Having One Filled, Less Time Wasted Getting it Filled, Don't Have to Worry About Getting it Inspected, You Might Get Lucky and Exchange Ugly Used One For a Shiny Used One.

[Buying New CO2 Tank Benifits]
Shiny...Thats About It.

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Old 01-28-2013, 06:58 PM   #25
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Thank you everyone for your feedback. Unfortunately the answer to my question seems to be overall, Yes I did waste my money on a new co2 tank. After reading through the reply's, and looking at the pros an cons I have decided to just exchange my new tank for a filled used one. It's cheaper, takes less time, and I don't have to worry about getting it inspected. I am going to chalk it up as a lesson learned, and let this be a cautionary tale to any one looking to purchase a co2 tank. Here is what I got from your replies.

[Buying Used CO2 Tank Benifits]
Cheap, Can Exchange For a Full One For Less Money Than Having One Filled, Less Time Wasted Getting it Filled, Don't Have to Worry About Getting it Inspected, You Might Get Lucky and Exchange Ugly Used One For a Shiny Used One.

[Buying New CO2 Tank Benifits]
Shiny...Thats About It.
Was it much more than a used one cost? When I bought one not too long ago, the price differential wasn't that much. I wouldn't beat yourself up over it....
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Check with Maine Oxy. They may take your bottle as a 'buy in' to the system. If not, you could still do the buy in and use your bottle as a spare. Then you just need to find a drop which may be a NAPA, a welding shop, hardware store, etc. I do that with oxygen for cutting torches which is much easier than lease for my now limited use and use of propane over acetylene.

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I own both of my tanks and I can paint my name on them, shine them up, whatever I want. I pay $1 a pound for fills while I wait. Hydro testing runs me $12 and it takes about 48 hours. I have two tanks so I don't miss it.

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Old 01-28-2013, 11:51 PM   #28
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Thank you everyone for your feedback. Unfortunately the answer to my question seems to be overall, Yes I did waste my money on a new co2 tank. After reading through the reply's, and looking at the pros an cons I have decided to just exchange my new tank for a filled used one. It's cheaper, takes less time, and I don't have to worry about getting it inspected. I am going to chalk it up as a lesson learned, and let this be a cautionary tale to any one looking to purchase a co2 tank. Here is what I got from your replies.

[Buying Used CO2 Tank Benifits]
Cheap, Can Exchange For a Full One For Less Money Than Having One Filled, Less Time Wasted Getting it Filled, Don't Have to Worry About Getting it Inspected, You Might Get Lucky and Exchange Ugly Used One For a Shiny Used One.

[Buying New CO2 Tank Benifits]
Shiny...Thats About It.
i think you end up paying for the tank with an exchange anyway in the form of a deposit. i could be wrong.
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my advice to you is if you want to keep our shiny new cylinder find a fire extinguisher service facility in your area. It's been my experience that most of them will fill while you wait, at a better price than most industrial gas distributor.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:02 PM   #30
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I own both of my tanks and I can paint my name on them, shine them up, whatever I want. I pay $1 a pound for fills while I wait. Hydro testing runs me $12 and it takes about 48 hours. I have two tanks so I don't miss it.
$5 fill is the absolute lowest I've seen anyone pay for a fill. Most people think they are doing well at $12 a fill. Average is $16-20 based on what I've read.
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