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Owning cylinders - is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Diving Into New Gear' started by B.Elster, May 12, 2019.

  1. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    Taking it. Me teach it? Haha.:rofl3:
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  2. eelnoraa

    eelnoraa DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Francisco Bay Area
    I think you should read the entire sentense, and not quote or read out of context. As you can see, I don't agree 2x AL80 should cost $700. That means I don't agree one AL80 should cost $350, right? I believe $350-$400 is about the cost for two AL80s. But this is of course united state's price. Now sure if Canada is the same.

  3. AustinV

    AustinV Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: NoVA
    I have 3 HP100s, 2 AL80s, 1 AL19, & 1 AL40. Pretty much gives me the freedom to take whatever I need when diving and not have to count on shops for rentals. I have found some steel tanks have pretty different buoyancy characteristics as well, so I like knowing my tanks and exactly how much weight I need.
  4. pauldw

    pauldw Solo Diver

    Regarding Canadians not wanting to pay high tank prices, it seems clear that the solution is for Americans to meet and trade them tanks for pharmaceuticals.
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  5. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Kelp forest dweller ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    We're gonna need every last person and moose in Canada to take up diving.
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  6. TrimixToo

    TrimixToo Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New York State
    And, the class will pay you back, even though stickers are expensive. O2 cleaning is not that hard. Depending on the agency, it might or might not be included in the VIP class. However, you might not have room for the stuff you'd need to do your own.
  7. KWS

    KWS ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: SE TEXAS
    I have not read all the posts to this but I think the math is a bit flawed. I think you can only look at the cost of the tanks. perhaps 300 the rest like the regs and air should not be counted because air costs are moot as to whether you own or rent. teh regs are moot unless you are renting them and if ou are they are still moot because that cost does not change. so if ythe only aspect is changing form renting to owing the tanks it is only a 300 dollar difference that is 8 dives and you now have your ROI. Buy the tanks.
  8. TrimixToo

    TrimixToo Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New York State
    Actually, I think I erred above. ISTR the O2 cleaning is part of one of the blending classes, not a VIP class. I can't actually recall which (TDI or PADI), as I took them both (one was free!).
  9. 0321tony

    0321tony Angel Fish

    Well for me its not really an option not to own my own tanks, I am a three hour drive one way to the nearest dive shop I can rent from and then I'd have to drive to return them so I would be out 12 hours driving to rent a tank (two trips up and back). It costs me $25 just to get an air fill where I am at but at least its only an hour drive round trip to get that done, so I have several of my own tanks.
  10. hhmoore

    hhmoore Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: NY
    I didn't stop to check your location; but your statement makes no sense (at least for my location). The difference between an air fill vs tank rental is so minimal (here) that it would have taken me years to reach ROI. Buying tanks, for me, only made sense for the convenience factor.

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