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#1 User is offline   Pwnt 

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 12:49 PM

As we know, the regulator on a tank really determines the tank's worth. The same CF wrapped tank with different regulators can make the largest difference in price..

my question is, what happens when a HPA tank fails hydro? I know some testers punch holes in the tank to completely fail them, but what happens to the regulator?

Can you salvage it? Can you pay someone to take the regulator off your expired tank and have him put it on a new tank? I'd guess this would save so much money over simply buying a new tank with a new regulator of the same brand you'd like.
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Posted 18 September 2007 - 01:10 PM

Generally, if the tank fails hydro, you can request that they return the regulator. The hydrotesting place should be capable of removing it. It's fairly rare that a tank will fail hydro, though, unless it's been heavily abused.

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 07:01 PM

Oh really? Then why does a tank about to run out of hydro seem to depreciate like mad if its only another $30 to make it like new again?

So where can you get JUST a CF tank? like, a blank one where you can just stick your own reg on.
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Posted 18 September 2007 - 07:04 PM

They usually drill a hole through the tank and leave the reg off for you since they have to take the reg off anyway.

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 09:33 PM

View PostPwnt, on Sep 18 2007, 07:01 PM, said:

Oh really? Then why does a tank about to run out of hydro seem to depreciate like mad if its only another $30 to make it like new again?

So where can you get JUST a CF tank? like, a blank one where you can just stick your own reg on.


Because there's always a chance that it won't, and it still costs $30 to get it retested (which automatically comes out of the value). And tank regulators and such also need to be rebuilt occasionally. So that $100 you plunked down for it may be totally wasted. Typically, if the person selling it gets it retested and it passes, the value comes right back. I absolutely refuse to buy any tanks that are close to their hydro date, as a result. Unless I can get at least a couple of years out of it, I don't even consider it.

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 12:37 AM

So would you recommend buying a tank new from the store then? or buying one second-hand?

hoping that you'll get plenty of years out of both.
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Posted 19 September 2007 - 08:12 AM

Personally i only buy CF hpa tanks new. Cause even if it still passes hydro, it has a 15 year life max. Whether it would pass hydro at 15 years old or not it must be destroyed. So if it's already past one hydro, less than 10 years left on the tanks life then. Steel/Aluminum have infinite lifespans as long as it passes hydro, not hard for a tough tank like that. I bought a used 13/3000 cause there ain't much that can be done to a aluminum tank to get it to fail hydro short of something EASILY noticeable. So i don't mind. Plus 13 ci's don't ever need hydro cause of the 2 x 2 rule.

Would i buy a CF tank used though.....that's really your choice. It's your money. I wouldn't cause i would want the full life of the tank, 15 years. I mean if the tank is greatly reduced price based on its life, than maybe. How long do you want to have it for?

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Posted 20 September 2007 - 08:35 AM

"expired' tanks are collected by the tank fairy and sent to a magical tank farm forever. where they'll never have to be screwed into another asa, filled up to full pressure, or knocked around in a lonely gearbag. they get to lie in the sun free from worry of bursting, and never worry about broken o-rings again.

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Posted 20 September 2007 - 08:39 AM

LoL ^^ What the other guys said also.
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Posted 21 September 2007 - 02:24 PM

what kind of adjustable tanks are there on the market nowadays? I know the flatline is still being sold, but I cant seem to find any others.
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Posted 21 September 2007 - 06:35 PM

Um.. The flatline is a barrel :rolleyes:

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 07:24 PM

The Flatline is also an adjustable aftermarket tank regulator, made by Airgun Designs. They laid claim to the name long before Tippmann did.

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 07:36 PM

MacDev also makes some damn fine adjustable tanks.
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Posted 22 September 2007 - 01:04 AM

ah, macdev. totally forgot about them. thanks :(

I tried looking for the air america apocalypse tank first, then the SP max-flo. Haven't seen them in stores anywhere. I can't even find airamerica's website anymore. Did they go out of business?
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Posted 22 September 2007 - 08:24 AM

Air America went under, yes. I'd personally go for the MacDev one-they're arguably the best, and definitely the most common.
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