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Apeks DST - several generations?

Discussion in 'Apeks' started by Erik Forsberg, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. Erik Forsberg

    Erik Forsberg Sea Corgi

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    Hi,

    I am looking at getting a second DST for twins and got an offer to buy a second hand for $100, but it looks different than mine. The metal wheel looks weird on this one, so I am beginning to wonder if there are several different generations or such of the DST?

    Do you think $100 for a DST is a fair price if it needs servicing?

    Picture:
    https://i.imgur.com/MKB57Yn.jpg
     
  2. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    there are at least two generations, one of which has a 1/2" regulator port that is particularly annoying. I'm not sure the hand wheels are indicative of generation.

    that said, because I have to
    You're from Sweden, dive Poseidon!
     
  3. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

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    The DIN wheels can be different although I'm not sure why, I've got several DST's, over several years. $100 is very good, so a completely overhauled DST for $200......yes, very good.
     
  4. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    that is the older handwheel from the tx or atx. you can see the 1/2 inch reg hose being included. functionally, it works just the same other than the 1/2 inch port being mildly annoying.
     
  5. claymore

    claymore Manta Ray

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    You can also add a 5th port by replacing the turret retaining bolt.
     
  6. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    All my ancient Apeks(DS4 and DST) have the same kind of wheel. ATX series definitely used different DIN wheel.
    The internal is the same.
    The age of the reg is not important but the state of the orifice is critical. I would like to check the orifice if buying used Apeks except the FSR. However, highly unlikely that the seller will let you stripping down the HP section.
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2018
  7. taimen

    taimen Manta Ray

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    A New 5-port DST is €209 (€185 for the 4 port version) in a German online store, and shipping to Sweden is around €10. This price includes all taxes. ($272 with todays exchange rate for the new 5-port version, last year before euro started getting stronger it was much less in USD while Apeks prices in EUR have not changed).

    Servicing a single 1. stage in a good shop costs in the range of €80. So you easily end up paying pretty close to new price if you have to take your $100/€80 used regulator to a shop for service.

    If you service the regulator yourself (1.st stage service kit is €28), a $100/€80 used regulator can be a good deal.
     
  8. sh1513

    sh1513 Angel Fish

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    All is not lost, with a bit of time, care and effort it is possible to refurbish a damaged fixed orifice. Not me but someone I know did this.

    Mares HP seat installation tool + tiny bit of fine steel wool + bit of luck = success!!!

    https://i.imgur.com/Stjxc7R.jpg
    https://i.imgur.com/3ELvRzR.jpg
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    https://i.imgur.com/NrfwiuI.jpg
     
  9. Umuntu

    Umuntu Divemaster

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    Apeks sell a polishing tool for the crown orifice. Part AT73.
     
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  10. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    ahh I love my Poseidons where you can polish the bullet which is what does the sealing. No sharp seats to worry about
     

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