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Old 05-14-2012, 05:37 PM   #11
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A little bit of bondo, light sanding, and a 99cent can of spraypaint later and you have yourself an unidentifyable tank.

I have a welding supply shop in my area that exchanges tanks, even if your old tank is out of date.
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:13 PM   #12
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I scored two 20# CO2 tanks on Craigslist for $40. I know they need to be retested but thought it would only cost me $15-20 per tank...I was wrong!!

Guy at local welding gas supply said he would charge me $85+ per tank. At this point I'm thinking I'm not the proud owner of two tanks that will cost me more than new to get filled!!!

Then he says: "I can't tell you to go to HomeDepot, *wink*, and get your tanks filled. Really, I'm not allowed to tell you to go to HomeDepot and get your tanks filled" I got the hint and head to the depot with one of my tanks....$24 bucks later I had exchanged my Craigslist tank for a completely filled one...no questions asked!!
I thought the tanks at home depot were a blend of CO2 and argon... Better double check

*edit* I just called and they quit doing bottle exchanges all together here


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Old 05-14-2012, 06:21 PM   #13
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My go-to place is Airgas. Under $15 for 20#'s exhcanged. I think expired tanks is an additional $23. Under $40 should get you a brand spanking new full 20# tank, even if the one you bring is expired......

$85 is highway robbery.
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My go-to place is Airgas. Under $15 for 20#'s exhcanged. I think expired tanks is an additional $23. Under $40 should get you a brand spanking new full 20# tank, even if the one you bring is expired......

$85 is highway robbery.
Airgas prices are extremely regional, depending on competition. They can rob with the worst of them.
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My go-to place is Airgas. Under $15 for 20#'s exhcanged. I think expired tanks is an additional $23. Under $40 should get you a brand spanking new full 20# tank, even if the one you bring is expired......

$85 is highway robbery.
I can't find a place near me that fills tanks so I swap them at airgas too. The price is reasonable and the last time I went I swapped one of my rusty ****ty tanks for a sweet aluminum one. They don't care if the tank is expired or not when I trade them in and the ones I get back are clean and painted like new.
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You can also have your Co2 filled and tested at most fire extinguisher service facilities.
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You can also have your Co2 filled and tested at most fire extinguisher service facilities.
Yup. $10 to fill a 5lb tank at a local shop.
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That's a good price. They charge $22 to fill a 5lb tank at my local Fire & Safety shop.
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That's a good price. They charge $22 to fill a 5lb tank at my local Fire & Safety shop.
Wow. I pay $13 to fill a 20lb tank near me.
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The owner is stamped on the neck, so no getting around it. Places will fill I up for you if the hydro is still valid, but they cannot test it unless you own it.

Sometimes you can return it to the distributor and get a deposit return.
I took the aluminium 20# 'cola' CO2 tank my wife bought at a yardsale to the place that fills my tanks. It was out of date, so hydrotest, new valve, and fill was under 50 bucks. If I remember correctly, it was actually closer to 40. No Bondo, and no problems. 85 dollars is insane.


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