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    Argon cylinder

    Looking to purchase or get a good deal on an 80cu argon cylinder around the Indianapolis Indiana area.

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    Re: Argon cylinder

    As for size, 125 or 150 is a better deal, more for your money. Go to local welding supplier and buy from them. You'll avoid getting frustrated when you need to get it exchanged or refilled. I bought all my tanks from my local supplier. If you buy elsewhere, check with supplier first to see if they will refill what you plan on purchasing.

    If you buy an owner tank, that's one with a plain neck without a name on it, check to see if they will refill it. Some will but if you want that same tank back, you leave it and they will get it filled.
    Buying from supplier you can just exchange and get another. Some supplier do have no name on tank so you can exchange for another. It's just not the same tank you bought.

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    I agree 👍

    Today I have 120 cf size and easy to load for refilling and shop use. I also have 80cf oxygen tanks too but so can load quickly on to pickup.

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    As for size, 125 or 150 is a better deal, more for your money. Go to local welding supplier and buy from them. You'll avoid getting frustrated when you need to get it exchanged or refilled. I bought all my tanks from my local supplier. If you buy elsewhere, check with supplier first to see if they will refill what you plan on purchasing.

    If you buy an owner tank, that's one with a plain neck without a name on it, check to see if they will refill it. Some will but if you want that same tank back, you leave it and they will get it filled.
    Buying from supplier you can just exchange and get another. Some supplier do have no name on tank so you can exchange for another. It's just not the same tank you bought.

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    Re: Argon cylinder

    I currently have a 40 that I bought from TSC that I am able to get exchanged at Air Gas, but my last welding job was out of state and I ran out after hours and no one around was open. Going to a 125 or 150!would be cheaper in the long run but I wouldn’t be able to keep that large of tank in my van.

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    Most portable welders like the 125 size.

    But you doing torch work the 250 is cheap as it lass about 8 hours of torch work but pain to move.

    For me a 40 just get start and it is gone ok for hobby work.

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by bambam634 View Post
    I currently have a 40 that I bought from TSC that I am able to get exchanged at Air Gas, but my last welding job was out of state and I ran out after hours and no one around was open. Going to a 125 or 150!would be cheaper in the long run but I wouldn’t be able to keep that large of tank in my van.

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    I would love to be able to keep a 125 or larger on my van but I work for a corporate restaurant chain in maintenance and only weld ever so often I just don’t have the room. We do plumbing, electrical, hvac, refrigeration and what ever else they decide we need to fix lol. My van is packed.

    Quote Originally Posted by smithdoor View Post
    Most portable welders like the 125 size.

    But you doing torch work the 250 is cheap as it lass about 8 hours of torch work but pain to move.

    For me a 40 just get start and it is gone ok for hobby work.

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by bambam634 View Post
    Looking to purchase or get a good deal on an 80cu argon cylinder around the Indianapolis Indiana area.
    80 cu ft are all customer owned so no problem where you buy it. Check Craigslist you might get lucky. Over $300 now on Amazon.

    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=80+argon+...s_ts-doa-p_1_8

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    I started out with all 80 cubic foot tanks for argon and C25. I then moved on to a 20 lb CO2 cylinder which holds about 177 cubic feet of gas. When I moved to the Multimatic 255, I wanted 90/10 gas for pulse MIG welding and there were literally no suppliers in my state that would do C10 in 80 cubic foot tanks. My only option was a 330 cubic foot tank (T cylinder I believe?) which had to be leased. The lease is $75 a year. The cost of the gas (on exchange) is $120. I was paying ~$60 for 80 cubic feet of C25. So my cost per cubic foot has gone from $0.75 per cubic foot to $0.36 per cubic foot. On top of that savings, they deliver the tank to me. I don't have to drive to pick it up, and I don't have to schlep a tank from the bed of my truck into the store and back. For me, the $75 per year is worth it.
    Miller Multimatic 255

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    There is a spreadsheet somewhere on this site that possibly has info on Indianapolis suppliers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bead-boy View Post
    There is a spreadsheet somewhere on this site that possibly has info on Indianapolis suppliers.
    https://weldingweb.com/vbb/threads/6...ght=definitive

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    Re: Argon cylinder

    I would check the last test date.
    If out the test day the tank my have fail now you have yard art 🎨.

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by danielplace View Post
    80 cu ft are all customer owned so no problem where you buy it. Check Craigslist you might get lucky. Over $300 now on Amazon.

    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=80+argon+...s_ts-doa-p_1_8

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielplace View Post
    80 cu ft are all customer owned so no problem where you buy it. Check Craigslist you might get lucky. Over $300 now on Amazon.
    Wrong! If you want to rent a 20 CF you can(or any size there on up)......it's not smart, but you can.
    Assuming a certain size is customer owned is just that, an assumption. Can you imagine any gas supplier turning down rental income?
    Indiana Oxygen is based in Indy. They will likely sell you a 150 CF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louie1961 View Post
    I started out with all 80 cubic foot tanks for argon and C25. I then moved on to a 20 lb CO2 cylinder which holds about 177 cubic feet of gas. When I moved to the Multimatic 255, I wanted 90/10 gas for pulse MIG welding and there were literally no suppliers in my state that would do C10 in 80 cubic foot tanks. My only option was a 330 cubic foot tank (T cylinder I believe?) which had to be leased. The lease is $75 a year. The cost of the gas (on exchange) is $120. I was paying ~$60 for 80 cubic feet of C25. So my cost per cubic foot has gone from $0.75 per cubic foot to $0.36 per cubic foot. On top of that savings, they deliver the tank to me. I don't have to drive to pick it up, and I don't have to schlep a tank from the bed of my truck into the store and back. For me, the $75 per year is worth it.
    Moving a T cylinder at all is not something you want to do very often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Welder Dave View Post
    Moving a T cylinder at all is not something you want to do very often.
    True but if you TIG weld seldom moving it is much less painful.

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    Re: Argon cylinder

    I never move my T cylinder. They come and pick it up when it's empty and they bring me a full one at the same time. I tip the driver and he even does the swap out right to/from the welder for me.

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