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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-31-2012, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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C02: Buy tank or rent?

I am living in Washington Heights and wonder if I should purchase a tank of my own and go to get it filled, or just "rent" on from a supply store?

I don't really know a place to get it filled, and from what I've read most places just switch out the tanks and give you a filled one.

Which would be most convenient?
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find your local co2 supply store and ask them.

I bought a all-in-one ready-to-go co2 system. It came with a brand new shiny co2 tank - really nice. My local co2 won't fill tanks, just exchange them. So, I had to exchange the nice tank for a crappy beat-up used one.

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That sucks! You should of searched elsewhere.. I'd never give up my tank

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Unless you have a shop close by that refill on the spot, it would be better to do a swap. Try to find a used one on craigslist. I think it is cheaper to buy an empty tank online then refill or swap it, should be cheaper than getting one from a welding shop. Also you can pay a deposit to the welding shop and just do the swap until you no longer need the tank, then return for your deposit. Check with your local store. I did swapped my shiny tank for a not so pretty steel tank.
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Yes, I have been reading stories of people buying a shiny new aluminum tank only to have it taken and be given a steel one in return .

I think I will try to find a used tank.
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find your local co2 supply store and ask them.

I bought a all-in-one ready-to-go co2 system. It came with a brand new shiny co2 tank - really nice. My local co2 won't fill tanks, just exchange them. So, I had to exchange the nice tank for a crappy beat-up used one.
Don't these places usually make you put a deposit down on the tank and you would just exchange their tank for another and get the deposit back when you're no longer need their tanks.

I'd ind another place but too late now.
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Don't these places usually make you put a deposit down on the tank and you would just exchange their tank for another and get the deposit back when you're no longer need their tanks.
I asked this at the local Airgas welding supplier and their reaction was like I sprouted a second head on the spot. I had to buy the tank from them and it keeps getting swapped when empty. When I no longer need CO2, its my tank to dispose of as I see fit.

The first tank + CO2 cost something like $125. Subsequent swaps are $16. Thats for a 10lb tank.

The local fire extinguisher place will refill my other shiny aluminum tank for $20 but its not "while I wait". They send it out and it takes a few days to come back.
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