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I was under the impression that to be removed without damaging them, the cylinder stem had to be removed first (not something to try at home).
Im not talking about the stem.
The ring that locks the plastic carrying handle in place of the CO2 tank.
This can be remove by ring plier but just wondering what are other tools people use.

There are lots of Ring plier on e---bay. The one I got is a cheapo 5 bucks, made in China. Got broken after several use. The size seems a little small to open wide the ring.

 

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I took mine off so I could get a 20# bottle under my 125g.

Used large snap ring pliers to get the ring off. If you can get one side of the ring up, you can try getting a flathead screwdriver under it and prying up the rest. Then cut the plastic away with a hand saw.
 

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Make sure you put it back on before you take it to get filled or transport in anywhere. State law requires them to be on the unit
Are you sure ? I have a fire extinguisher that i use for my C02 that doeant have the handle and i have never had a problem refilling it.
 

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Make sure you put it back on before you take it to get filled or transport in anywhere. State law requires them to be on the unit
I always put that on. I have 20 lbs and its quite heavy without the handle.

Good idea Josh. I might take a look on that.

The Ring plier works well. The one I got that was broken seems a little small. I wonder what size is ideal.
 

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The carry handle that was on my tank would not come off easily.. the on/off valve was too large that the handle would not fit over. The welding supply said don't worry about it when i exchange. Besides, 5 and 10# bottles don't have handles..


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I can't imagine they are required very many places as I never see them on the dock where I get my refills. They do serve the purpose of keeping the valve from breaking if they tip over but most welding rigs just slip the tank down in a holder.
 
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