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Old 07-10-2009, 06:02 PM   #1
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So I grabbed a few really nice 2-1/2 in 0-60 PSI gauges for my regulator and other goodies. They are stainless, liguid filled, white face, and cost under $15. Now my 0-2000 gauge looks lame on my regulater. I can get a matching 0-2000, but they cant find a side oriented one. Anyone have a lead on a nice side oriented gauge in a 2-1/2 size? I cant find one anywhere. They said I could get them custom made in quanity, waiting to see what the figures are. The 0-60 I grabbed are on page 2 here http://www.miljoco.com/Products/PDF/Contractor's_Utility_Gauges.pdf



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Old 07-10-2009, 06:54 PM   #2
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So I grabbed a few really nice 2-1/2 in 0-60 PSI gauges for my regulator and other goodies. They are stainless, liguid filled, white face, and cost under $15. Now my 0-2000 gauge looks lame on my regulater. I can get a matching 0-2000, but they cant find a side oriented one. Anyone have a lead on a nice side oriented gauge in a 2-1/2 size? I cant find one anywhere. They said I could get them custom made in quanity, waiting to see what the figures are. The 0-60 I grabbed are on page 2 here http://www.miljoco.com/Products/PDF/Contractor's_Utility_Gauges.pdf
Pressure gages are seldom very expensive and you can usually pick them up locally from a welding supply house or from the gas distributor. Oil filled gages are designed to dampen vibrations. IMO, it has no advantage when used on a CO2 cylinder. Personally, I've never been much concerned about how my tank and gages appear. I did clean up my 20 lb cylinder and gave it a rattle can paint job. It looks fine. I use an unimpressive single gage regulator. No one has ever complained. They drink the beer and ignore my tank and regulator. What's up with that?


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Old 07-10-2009, 07:42 PM   #3
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I guess you need more discerning friends.

I'll just add that I prefer 0-30 gauges because we usually deal in the 10-14psi range. 0-60 will work but with just a bit less accuracy.

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Old 07-10-2009, 09:31 PM   #4
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I guess you need more discerning friends.

I'll just add that I prefer 0-30 gauges because we usually deal in the 10-14psi range. 0-60 will work but with just a bit less accuracy.
Bobby; those are my exact thoughts on gauges as seen many times on this forum. Same goes with people that add a 0-10,000 rpm tach on a slow turning stroker motor that will never pass 3,500 rpms. Needle moves but not much.

On the secondary side off your regulator that 0-30 will show twice the needle movement, that alone is a big plus in maintaining accurate readings.
I must add those single stage regulators will creep up your set regulated pressure vs a two stage regulator. Two stage costs more but will maintain your set output from full bottle pressure until empty. This becomes more of a gas savings issue in welding gases that more than pays for that extra cost of two stage regulators over time vs the pressure rise creeping up wasting your sheilding gas. Same applies to your Co2 to your corny's or kegs unless you keep an eye on the gauge and readjust as the bottle drops in pressure. Co2 stays rather solid in gas with liquid in the bottle I must add vs Argon, C-25 or Tri-mix gases.
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:50 PM   #5
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Thanks guys for your thoughts on the 0-30 pressure range, I'll switch to those. They are also available readily for around $15

So anyway It appears I can get the matching side oriented gauges, but I'll have to order 50 since they would be custom These are 0-2000 psi, please chime in if that's not the correct range

I'm thinking of doing it and selling the matching sets for between $30 and $40 on ebay. What a miserable sounding idea...... Perhaps I'll just plug the hole in my regulator instead....

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Old 07-13-2009, 07:20 PM   #6
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On the next episode of "Pimp your CO2 Reg"...

Do these come with a little light that flashes in your eye when you get the desired number of volumes?

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Old 07-13-2009, 10:46 PM   #7
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geez, sorry if I offended someone with my question......

Here is a link to the 0-30 gauge for $10 in case anyone is interested.

2-1/2" Face 0-30 psi Liquid Filled Gauge

Sounds like there is no interest from anyone on a matching 0-2000 gauge for co2 regulator applications?

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Not offended at all, just reminded me of those tachs that flash at you and thought it was amusing.



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