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Worthington closing plant where scuba cylinders are manufactured

Discussion in 'Tanks, Valves and Bands' started by Leadking, Dec 18, 2013.

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    widget Manta Ray

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    Indeed Faber's are very good cylinders, having visited the Faber factory a few times I can vouch for the R&D and quality control that goes into their production.

    When I think back to the old Jos Heiser factory in Austria (now owned by Worthington) and the technology, R&D and machinery they used, and THEN look at Faber,.... its like comparing an old V Dub beetle with a Maserati.

    Nothing against V.Dub Beetles I might add, or the older Heiser cylinders,.. I owned both and loved them, but mention it more just as a point of comparison.
     
  2. Jared0425

    Jared0425 Public Safety Diver

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    So is it confirmed that we will no longer be able to get Worthington Cylinders?
     
  3. MrChen

    MrChen Solo Diver

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    What's weird is that the XS website doesn't mention Faber whatsoever. What my LDS mentioned could be completely rumor mill in the industry, but it aligned with this topic so I brought it back to life hoping to see if anyone had new details.
     
  4. Divegearexpress is sold out of Worthington X7-120's and X7-100's. Scubatoys is sold out of the X7-120's. Not seeing ANY HP Worthington's at all @ Leisurepro.
     
  5. joystershell

    joystershell Social Butterfly ScubaBoard Supporter

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    DGX still has plenty of the X8-130's available, as well as a few odd single cylinders. And has the high HP Faber's on order, hopes to have them the beginning of June.
     
  6. I was browsing the WWW tonight, checking out the pricing on those 'new' HP Fabers, they're noticeably more expensive than their Worthington equivalents (monopoly pricing ?) :

    Worthington HP 120 @ $ 450.00 (US)
    Faber HP 120 @ $ 528.00 (US)

    ...what's worse, they're PAINTED ! (not hot-dip galvanized) :shakehead: (and I'll resist the temptation to get into their weight and buoyancy characteristics.)
     
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  7. MrChen

    MrChen Solo Diver

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    Got my pair of 120's this week. One from Scott L and the other from Sheeper. I'm set. :)
     
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  8. D_B

    D_B Kimber/TekDiveGirl storyteller and memory keeper ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    and if it is not renewed, what does that potentially mean to those of us with worthington cylinders?

    Edit: oops .. didnt see this post , thanks
     
  9. I took delivery of the very last (2) X7-120's @ Scubatoys last weekend. Ordered (2) more via WWW this weekend from another supplier, guess I'll find out soon if they really have them in stock or if they forgot to update their WWW site and find out that they're really sold out too.
     
  10. Guess I'll have to manage with those very last 2 X7 - 120's after all, the other purchase fell through, vendors have been slow to update WWW sites.

    At least it appears I'm reasonably set for galvanized tanks though, had all 7 of my galvanized PST HP 100's / 120's all survive hydro/visual, picked them up from Scubatoys today...WHEW ! Now waiting for all my LP Fabers to come back from hydro testing, probably won't be back for a couple weeks though, but I don't expect any issues there either.
     

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