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Unread 11-16-2004, 01:18 PM   #1
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OK, I don't know anything about tanks but my dad may be getting me a couple tanks from a coworker. They need to be tested. Not sure how old or how big. They may be 3 ft+ tall. Not sure if they come with a valve or not. Any idea how much I could sell them for? Do they have to be tested before you can sell them or is it better to have them tested so you can get more for them? Any advise would be most appreciated.
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Unread 11-16-2004, 01:25 PM   #2
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OK, I don't know anything about tanks but my dad may be getting me a couple tanks from a coworker. They need to be tested. Not sure how old or how big. They may be 3 ft+ tall. Not sure if they come with a valve or not. Any idea how much I could sell them for? Do they have to be tested before you can sell them or is it better to have them tested so you can get more for them? Any advise would be most appreciated.
TIA
age dosn't really matter. I currently use my dad's old steel tank from like the 70's. As long as you get them checked theyll be ok. 3feet, sounds like theyre the full size (vs. the smaller "ponytanks"). They'll hold about 3000 psi. It's not really expensive to have them tested (i think around $20 or so). So I wouldn't bother getting them tested. New tanks (and any scuba equipt.) is mad expensive. Used stuff can really hold it's value. If the tanks are aluminum (which is alot lighter than the steel tanks so alot more popular) you could probably get at least $40-$50 per tank. (at absulute least). Heck where are you? I'll take em off your hands (if they're aluminum).
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Unread 11-16-2004, 01:35 PM   #3
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u should get them checked. thell prolly do a hydro test and a visual because of its age. it sounds like you have an aluminum 80 or a steel 100.

if there in good shape, they might bring in up to 75 depending on the type and condition

hope that helps you out
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joyrider, how long have you been diving?
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Unread 11-16-2004, 01:38 PM   #4
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u should get them checked. thell prolly do a hydro test and a visual because of its age. it sounds like you have an aluminum 80 or a steel 100.

if there in good shape, they might bring in up to 75 depending on the type and condition

hope that helps you out
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joyrider, how long have you been diving?
I got certified in 2002, but I've been messing around in the sound scince about junior high. (i'm 20 now). And I love it.
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Unread 11-16-2004, 02:25 PM   #5
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Unread 11-16-2004, 02:29 PM   #6
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I got certified in 2002, but I've been messing around in the sound scince about junior high. (i'm 20 now). And I love it.

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Unread 11-16-2004, 02:30 PM   #7
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www.diversdirect. THE place to go for dive equipt.


here's pricing info:


Tank selection can be summed up as follows: pick a tank that is light enough for you to carry and large enough to supply air for an ascent and safety stop from your planned diving depth.

For shallow reef diving, you may require only a 63 cu ft. or 50 cu ft. tank. For deeper diving you'll want to consider our most popular size - the standard 80 cu ft. It can easily support an average sport diver on a 130 foot dive in moderate currents and weighs only 31 pounds. If weight is no concern and your air consumption is higher, choose the 100 cu ft. model.
For people with smaller frames, the 50 and 63 cu ft. tanks are the best bet. Tanks 40 cu ft. and less are generally known as "pony bottles." For years, technical divers have recognized the added safety of redundant air supplies. Now, recreational divers are following suit by using pony bottles for wall and wreck dives.

Luxfer has been manufacturing gas cylinders since 1898 and their quality is uncompromising. They are the largest cylinder manufacturer in the world and have an unmatched safety and performance record. Divers Direct offers a full range of sizes and colors. All tanks feature a Deluxe Thermo K valve for optimal performance under high pressure.

All tanks inspected, tagged, minimally pressurized and ready for a fill.
Item Description Capacity Cu. Ft. Service Pressure P.S.I. Weight Empty lbs. Salt Water Buoyancy Full Salt Water Buoyancy Empty Height Price
7713 Pony 6 3000 4.2 -2.99 -2.5 13.875" 89.99
471 Pony 13 3000 7.5 -3.1 -2.2 16.125" $104.99
469 Pony 19 3000 9.7 -2.9 -1.4 21.563" $119.99
473 Pony 30 3000 13.1 -2.5 -.03 24.85" $129.99
6133 Pony 40 3000 16.8 -2.4 0.6 27.75" $139.99
462 Primary 50 3000 22.7 -3.9 -0.3 22" $149.99
464 Primary 63 3000 28.4 -3.6 1.1 24.85" $159.99
19435 Primary 80 3300 36.7 -7.3 -1.5 28.81" $169.99
475 Primary 80 3000 33.2 -3.4 2.5 29.06" $149.99
457 Primary 100 3300* 41 -4.3 3.2 26.2" $224.99
4252 Primary - Steel 80 3500* 28.6 -8.5 -2.5 22.75" $264.99
4251 Primary - Steel 100 3500* 34.1 -8.5 -0.4 26.94" $294.99
Special Note: Tanks shipped by air require a surcharge and the valve will be removed and the tank will require re-inspection before being filled.

Please review the maximum pressure rating of your regulators first stage yoke as we recommend that you never use it at a pressure greater than the maximum specified by the regulator manufacturer. Steel tanks are equipped with DIN valves.
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Unread 11-16-2004, 02:34 PM   #8
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I'd highly recommend getting them checked. I throw mine out after 5 years and get new ones because I don't want to worry about seals and age affecting them.
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Unread 11-16-2004, 02:36 PM   #9
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I'd highly recommend getting them checked. I throw mine out after 5 years and get new ones because I don't want to worry about seals and age affecting them.
next time send them my way. Heck I'll even pick em up. You throw yours out after 5 years?! holy moly. My tank is ancient and it still works fine.
I know what you mean though. Scuba equiptment is def. not something you want to mess around w/. I would not want to be 80feet deep and worrying about my gear.
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Unread 11-16-2004, 02:39 PM   #10
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I'd highly recommend getting them checked. I throw mine out after 5 years and get new ones because I don't want to worry about seals and age affecting them.
You have to get them checked. Shops won't fill em for ya if you don't.
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Unread 11-16-2004, 03:28 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the info. I will check them out during Thanksgiving time and see what exactly I may have.
Joyrider, I'm in Southern CA, just a days trip
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Unread 11-16-2004, 03:33 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the info. I will check them out during Thanksgiving time and see what exactly I may have.
Joyrider, I'm in Southern CA, just a days trip
i've done it before (took a little longer than a day though ). Seriously, I"m contemplating it. Let me know if they're aluminum. If they are, I may have to take a diving trip to socal.
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Unread 11-16-2004, 03:53 PM   #13
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You have to get them checked. Shops won't fill em for ya if you don't.
I know that, I get them checked every time I fill up, but I don't like the idea of having something that's been sitting in my basement collecting dust for a while as my life line. If it were for something else, I wouldn't be so concerned. But I don't want to mess with my health and well being. It's not like buying a couple new tanks every 5 years is that big of a deal.
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Unread 11-16-2004, 04:01 PM   #14
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I know that, I get them checked every time I fill up, but I don't like the idea of having something that's been sitting in my basement collecting dust for a while as my life line. If it were for something else, I wouldn't be so concerned. But I don't want to mess with my health and well being. It's not like buying a couple new tanks every 5 years is that big of a deal.
yeah, 5 years just seems pretty frequent. And you throw them out?! Where do you live. I'll be garbage picking there every 5 years.
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Unread 11-16-2004, 04:11 PM   #15
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I recycle them. I'm at the other end of the state. But I'm moving to FL next year most likely. And yes, it's frequent. But hey, I'm anal-retentive.
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