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Old 04-07-2006, 05:17 AM
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I am looking for a CO2 tank and kit. I have never used CO2 so I don't really know what to look for. I run 35's but may be switching to 37's this fall. Are there any good deals out there right now or brands/dealers you would suggest. Thanks.
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Old 04-07-2006, 07:03 AM
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this has been covered many times on pirate and mud. You can make your own for a LOT cheaper. Old fire extinguishers make great tanks, and valves are 15.00, regulators can be had for 30.00, and it takes about 15.00 ~ 20.00 to fill a 10~15 lb bottle. You can get about 5 fills from 10 psi on 37's.

Personally, I don't think that it's worth the 250~350.00 you would pay a vendor.

Hell, you can lease a tank from linweld for 99.00, buy a regulator, and STILL be a head of the game.

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Old 04-07-2006, 08:08 AM
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I bought my setup from Ultimate air. There are links to these and a sale on another system in the vendors section on IH8MUD.com
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Old 04-07-2006, 12:21 PM
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As far as I know, Cramer-Decker is still offering their deal for TLCA members. I paid about $100 for a nice 10 pound aluminum tank and regulator. Paul Decker will set you up with either 80 or 150 PSI spring for the regulator. He set mine up for 150 and also sent along the 80 spring if I wanted to change it out, but 150 works fine. A 20 pound tank takes up too much space IMHO.
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Old 04-07-2006, 02:05 PM
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My buddy made his own from a 20lb CO2 bottle used for soda's.

He bought everything off ebay for less than 100 bucks.

There are a lot of write ups on the web about what to get and where.

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Bought mine from General Air on S. Santa Fe, talk to Dave Rios. Great guy. Got a 10 lb. and a 5 lb. and use neither, I might sell one but I think the kid has his eye on it.
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Old 04-07-2006, 02:27 PM
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OBTW, Dave has good deals on first-quality Miller and Lincoln stuff too from time to time. Tell him I sent you and he may do business with you anyway.
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I went the DIY route. Used a 150# static regulator from Cramer-Decker, maybe it was Chicago Pneumatic, don't remember doesn't matter, and a 5# tank from General Air per Red_Chili (5# is plenty for 31's). Total cost including the tank was around $80 as I has other stuff laying around, QDs, hose, etc. Found out the hard way that the plain 'ol yellow self coiling air doesn't cut it. I order the urethane stuff for another $50 only to find out that its the exact same stuff my wife uses for medical gas in the operating room. Any way she has 1st dibs on a hose IF and when one brakes (rare event). It's more cost effective for them to replace it than repair it.
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I use the ubercheep yellow stuff. And carry a backup...

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Thanks for the help. what is the difference in function between the 80 and 150lb springs? I will try to find a used alum. tank somewhere and buy the other parts.
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