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mrmccoy
03-12-2010, 06:13
I found a couple of al80's that the last hydro's were in 04 and 05. One is painted and the other is the dipped finish and look to be in decent shape. How much do you think I should offer for them? I am thinking about $40 each. I can get them hydro'd and vis. inspection for $35

skdvr
03-12-2010, 06:28
I think that $40 or $50 would be a fair price. There is no guarentee that they will pass hydro. If the appear to be in good shape then they probably will.

Another thing to think about is getting the valves rebuilt. At the very least you would need to replace the burst disk's. They are supposed to be replaced ever 5 years (so every hydro). You can pick those up yourself if you like. I just bought a couple for some of my tanks that are due hydro this year. I got them from North East Scuba Supply (http://northeastscubasupply.com/store/valves/valve-repair-parts/burst-discs/scuba-valve-burst-discs/cat_164.html)for $7 each.

So I would talk to your LDS about the cost of a valve rebuild too...

Phil

FishFood
03-12-2010, 08:28
An important thing with aluminum tanks is... are they 6351... AKA how old are they? That'll affect if (1) you even want them and (2) a fair price.

sterlinghe92
03-12-2010, 09:39
I got an al80 that was sitting empty for 3 yrs and it passed hydro and viz so their is a good chance

Jack Hammer
03-12-2010, 11:11
That price sounds reasonable to me, I wouldn't pay over $50 ea. Make sure your LDS will fill them first, as discussed many times, there are some LDS that won't fill any aluminum tank made before 1989, regardless of the alloy.

mrmccoy
03-12-2010, 12:11
They are trying to sell an entire setup which doesn't look too old but I will check the dates before handing over the cash. I don't really "need" them but It would be nice to have them.

wheelman
03-12-2010, 12:14
I completely understand... watchout they can be like rabbits.

skdvr
03-12-2010, 12:28
I completely understand... watchout they can be like rabbits.

Absolutely,

I started out with 2 al80's and thought that would be all I needed for YEARS. Now I am up to 10 tanks and I have the least amount of several of my friends... Crazy how that happens....

Phil

mrmccoy
03-12-2010, 13:30
Last week I picked up a lp72 from my best friends dad and sent it out for hydro. Now I'm looking at picking up 2 more....... They are like rabbits!

cbrich
03-12-2010, 19:38
I agree look at the orginal hydro date. If the tanks are late 90s or early 2000s, you could pay up to $75 each.

skdvr
03-13-2010, 05:28
I agree look at the orginal hydro date. If the tanks are late 90s or early 2000s, you could pay up to $75 each.

I would not pay that much for tanks that are out of Hydro. By the time you pay for Hydro, Vis, Valve rebuild, you would be right up there with the cost of a new AL tank. I might pay $75 if the tanks still had a few years left on hydro...

Phil

mrmccoy
03-13-2010, 16:42
Well I picked them up this morning and the painted tank has an original hydro date 07/92 and the newest is 07/04.the painted tank is not too bad considering it is from 1992 it has a few scratches but no corroision.
the dipped finish is 04/00 with the newest hydro 04/05.

From what I understand both tanks were used in mostly freshwater.
I gave $100 for the two tanks and 32# of lead......not too bad of a deal

apm123
03-13-2010, 21:54
Yeah, that sounds like a good price. Let us know how the hydro goes

skdvr
03-14-2010, 05:31
Sounds like a good deal to me.... As long as they pass hydro that is...

Phil

yeroks
03-26-2010, 12:16
I tried looking on craigslist for several months and everybody wants $100 for used AL80s. I gave up and will be buying one soon since a brand new one is $150 at ST. IMO a used aluminum tank should be no more than $40-50 and even at that you might get burned if it doesn't pass hydro.

Jack Hammer
03-26-2010, 12:51
I tried looking on craigslist for several months and everybody wants $100 for used AL80s. I gave up and will be buying one soon since a brand new one is $150 at ST. IMO a used aluminum tank should be no more than $40-50 and even at that you might get burned if it doesn't pass hydro.
I see people asking $150-175 for J-valved aluminum tanks from the 70's & 80's, that are 20 years outta hydro on craigslist, I don't see how anyone would ever buy it. I'd pay up to $100 for an used AL80 if it were in excellent condition, had 3 or more years left on hydro, not too old, and in vis - but only then if it came from a source I was familiar with.

chilly willy
03-26-2010, 13:09
I've been lucky on occasion and found used steel tanks on Craigslist for as little as $25 that have passed hydro, mostly I won't pay more than $40 for an AL80 in good shape.

mrmccoy
03-26-2010, 13:24
You just have to email the people and haggle with them a little. Well that tank hasn't had a hydro done in 6 years and a hydro is about $50. Most of the time it is someone who hasn't seen prices on scuba stuff in years. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't...... Never hurts to ask.

chilly willy
03-26-2010, 13:29
The last tank I got from Craigslist was a lp72 manufactured in 1968 for $25, the hydro cost me $35 and I replaced the J valve with an extra K valve I had.

mrmccoy
04-15-2010, 05:30
I got my 2 AL80's back and they both passed and so did the lp72. So I'm 3 tanks richer now!