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Old 03-07-2009, 07:50 PM   #1
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Default Used CO2 Tank,How do I know if it has been tested?

I am going to go look at a used co2 tank I found on CL. Is there a way to tell if it has been tested (like a sticker or stamp?) ? I read that they have to be tested every five years on here somewhere and I don't want to have to spend more after I buy it.

The guy selling says he bought it about 10 years ago but hasnt used it much and it sits in storage. He is selling the tank, regulator, and some extras such as tubing, tap, some handles.

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.


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Old 03-07-2009, 08:16 PM   #2
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It will need to be hydro tested before. some places only cost about $12. I have seen others that want double that.


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the date will be stamped on the top of the tank.
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i would buy it, and then just take it to AirGas for an exchange.

I bought a used CO2 tank, brought it to AirGas to exchange it for a full one. Testing the tanks is their problem.
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My local place just checks the stamp, then puts it in the correct pile. ones with good dates get refilled, and ones that need to be tested go on a pallet to be sent away and tested.

Call around a few places by you and ask. Tell them you're buying a used tank. Some places won't care, some will.

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So for 100 bucks you think its a good deal with the regulator (I'm guessin its a double gauge single body)?
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i would buy it, and then just take it to AirGas for an exchange.

I bought a used CO2 tank, brought it to AirGas to exchange it for a full one. Testing the tanks is their problem.
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So for 100 bucks you think its a good deal with the regulator (I'm guessin its a double gauge single body)?
A good deal............MEH

With a working regulator its a decent deal, grab it they can be tough to find at times
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So for 100 bucks you think its a good deal with the regulator (I'm guessin its a double gauge single body)?
How big is the tank?

I'd say it's a so-so deal at best. Cheaper than new, but you could probably find cheaper if you held out (just my opinion). Some places will charge you around $20 for a new hydro, while others may not care.
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5 lbs...and I was wanting a 10 so I may hold out.
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It's not a bad deal, and it's definitely cheaper than retail. I also agree that regulators don't show up on CL that often.

You may be able to talk him down if the hydro is out of date. It will show up in a MM DD format (the date that it was stamped).



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