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    Worthington or Faber

    What is the real difference between this 2 steel tanks. I have a Faber 80 now and I want another steel tank. Just want some input.

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    The worthington's are good tanks but a pain when you have them hydro'd. I got mine back from hydro and they had a phenomenal amount of flash rust. It took an insane amount f time on the tumbler to clean them up. I've been told Faber's fare better. Other than that, they are both good tanks. I'm personally starting to lean more to the Faber's though. What are you looking for? HP or LP?

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    Hey Navy,

    It's been a long time since I been on the site. I have a Faber HP steel 80cf tank. I want another steel so I don't always have to borrow a steel 80 from someone to go on a dive boat. I'm not a fan of AL tanks. I know the Faber's have a round bottom and are powered coated, where the Worthington's are flat bottom and galvanized. I do know my 4 year old Faber tank when they Vis it every year, they always tell me how great it looks inside.
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    Well, since you have one Faber 80, why not another one? They are good tanks. BTW: Worthington's have round bases as well - just not as pronounce - I have 2 HP worhtington 119 x8 and a LP121-also know as the hot water tank-33" with valve.

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    I am thinking I might get a HP 100cf instead just because more air is nice to have...
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    More air is always a good thing, but can get you into trouble as well. Most divers don't get close to NDL's with an AL80 (77.4 cuft in reality) but can not only get close to but can break NDL's with a 100 cuft tank. One interesting item: The Faber HP100 is 3180 + 10% to get 100 cu ft where the Faber FX100 is 3442. Weights are hugely different too: HP100: 24" high w/o valve, 38.7lbs empty, 46.5 lbs full, bouyancy is -7.26 empty and 14.76 full. and the FX100 is 25" w/o valve, 34.3 lbs empty, 39.8 lbs full, bouyancy of -.6 lbs empty, .8.4 lbs full.

    (data from: Scuba Cylinder Specifications from Tech Diving Limited - 928-855-9400 )

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    Well that might be a little rough getting the . I am not the biggest guy. only 140lbs. That is something to think about at least. You always have great advice.

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    I prefer the Fabers. The Worthingtons have had a lot of hydro issues and some recalls in the past few years as navy has pointed out, so I shy away from their steel tanks. The AL ones are fine. Tanks usually come with boots so the round bottom isn't an issue, the Fabers are usually a bit taller because of it though.

    HP is only good if you can get it filled properly (and topped off after the tank has cooled), otherwise you use a lot of air if an HP tank is under filled. With an LP tank you can always get it completely full and then some at pretty much any dive shop! A lot of places don't have the ability to fill much over 3000PSI, so if you're getting 3000PSI in a tank that required 3442 to be full, you're out almost 1/7th of your air (even more if it settles to 2800PSI or lower). With a low pressure tank you need 2640PSI to be full, so if the shop fills it to 3000 and it settles down to 2800, you still have a full tank and then some.

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    Thanks Plot,

    I appreciate all of the incite that you have gave me. I think I will just stick with a Faber FX 80 like I already have. Then if I ever want to get into doubles I already have the 2 matching tanks. But I think I would have to go side mounts because it would be easier to turn the values on and off.

    Thanks for all your help guys.
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    Navyhmc,

    Can you clean out some of your messages so I can pm you.

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