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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-20-2003, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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There is actually a Harbor Freight just down the street from my house that has this regulator in stock. Anyone tried it? They have one under the counter with my name on it right now.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=47259

CO2/ARGON FLOWGAUGE REGULATOR



Designed for light- and medium-duty MIG/TIG welding jobs
Cast brass with steel body gauge and chrome-plated regulator
Durable phenolic PVC knob
0.960-14 RH N.G.O. regulator thread with 0.830-14 N.G.O. adapter



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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-20-2003, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I picked it up. I'm trying to get the barb off, but dang if that sucker ain't on there tight.

Anyone have any suggestions for getting it off without seriously damaging the brass? Such a soft metal. :shock:

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Heat it a little? Dip it in hot water?

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Did it include a fitting to mate to a CO2 bottle? The fitting shown in the picture seems as if it wouldn't fit.
If it works, that's a heck of a steal!

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Thats a co2/argon fitting. I had a similar regulator that I used in the beginning but I had to buy an adapter to get it to screw into the co2 tank. That regulator has a flow guage on the secondary side which really doesn't tell you how much pressure is on the output side. It works by forcing gas thru a predetermined orifice size and the "flow guage" is really just a recalibrated pressure guage to show flow thru that particular orifice. If you remove the orifice or drill it out, the flow readings on that guage don't apply. IMO, you should return that thing before you have a $29 paperweight. :lol:

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Did it include a fitting to mate to a CO2 bottle? The fitting shown in the picture seems as if it wouldn't fit.
If it works, that's a heck of a steal!
It included the fitting.

Here it is mounted on my bottle:


Marcel, I am a newbie when it comes to pressurized CO2 systems so I'm not too sure of what all that you told me means. Unfortunantly, I'm really trying to stay under a certain budget right now to keep the wife happy. So finding a $29 regulator was a God send. If I can get by with this regulator for now just to get this project off the ground then I'd really like to do it. It's gotta beat a yeast system, doesn't it? :P

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Wow, it came with the adapter? It took me 2 weeks to find an adapter for my old setup. Thats a huge obstacle outta the way.

Now alls you need is a good needle valve to install between the barb and regulator.

I didn't mean to sound too negative, its just that I went the cheapo route and struggled to get the thing leak free, and a consistent bubble rate. I was just trying to save you from the same struggle.

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I must buy one as a backup.

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I was considering getting this regulator, but noticed it didn't have the right tank connector

Now that I see it comes with an adapter, I'm deffinately getting this now!
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I was considering getting this regulator, but noticed it didn't have the right tank connector

Now that I see it comes with an adapter, I'm deffinately getting this now!
It does have the "adapter" for co2; read the posts carefully

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