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Good compressor for infrequent use?

Discussion in 'Compressors, Boosters and Blending Systems' started by 84CJ7, Nov 16, 2019.

  1. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

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    I have a MCH6 and fill no more than 10 cylinders a month, some months none.

    I’ve just spent 2 hours pumping 6 to 300bar, it would have been the best part of 2 hours if I’d taken them to the nearest dive shop.

    It works out at around £12 a fill from the dive shop and £7 with the compressor (petrol).

    On top of that I'm not tempted to buy shiny things I dodn't really need.
     
  2. 84CJ7

    84CJ7 Barracuda

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    I looked at the Rix SA6 and it looks like they were discontinued in 2017 and the ones that are out there don't seem to become available much.

    At this point its that new coltri or similar and pay up front, or get a used small compressor (not exactly easy to find either) and potentially pay later.

    I am seriously considering just putting it on my visa magic plastic ticket of acquisition and dealing with the epic amount of interest I would probably accrue in the year and a half it would probably take me to pay off. But it would really have to be a perfect option now or never buying deal and I'm not sure that's where its at for me just yet.
    I've never seen anything from a country I would trust to manufacture a breathing air compressor within 1000 of that price.

    EDIT: Can all those options on the coultri be added on later? It would be nice to have auto shutoff and an hour meter and the carbon monoxide eye, but thats an extra $400 in stuff.
     
  3. taimen

    taimen ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    How does a MCH6 tolerate pumping helium? Either 100% or cfm up to 15/55.
     
  4. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

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    I send mine to the UK imported once year for a full service and air quality check. I keep a log to record both the hours run and cylinders filled - therefore no need of a hour meter,

    It's portable enough that I can take it to dive sites to fill cylinders between dives, great when only two of us are diving.
     
  5. grf88

    grf88 Divemaster

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    I would agree that at $2700 a new unit would be your best investment because even in a few years time you could probably get at least $2000 for it. A decent quality compressor doesn't depreciate that quickly as you may have already found out while looking for used.
     
  6. icechip

    icechip Manta Ray

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    I was in the same situation so this summer bought an MCH6. Now I fill whenever I want/need rather than figuring out a time for the hour drive over to the LDS. Totally worth it.
     
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  7. RayfromTX

    RayfromTX Student Of Gas Mixology Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

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  8. Chris H

    Chris H Barracuda

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    Off topic for sure, but yes.
     
  9. Chris H

    Chris H Barracuda

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    Wazee Sports is closing for sure. At one point, the Marineland in down the road from Wazee sports had trimix, and I think they must pump there. I'm not sure I've been in that store. I live in LaCrosse, and have a compressor...
     
  10. Seahuntjerry

    Seahuntjerry Instructor, Scuba

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    Keith told me its closing about a 6 weeks ago.I'm in Mpls there are a lot of compressors out there for sale on craigs list.Drop me a line sometime Seahuntjerry@yahoo.com I own 2 compressors at the present!
     

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