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01-21-2007, 10:49 AM
why do tanks need to be re-tested?and will the tank still work fine if its not?:confused:

01-21-2007, 10:53 AM
It should work fine. HOWEVER, Hydrostatic testing is there to make sure that the tank is not coming apart and about to explode in your arms. On top of that, it's illegal to fill an out of hydro tank. ;) Tank testing is only $25-35 plus shipping there. Here are some sites:
www.testmytank.com (this site is down, should be up soon, don't know when though)

01-21-2007, 11:05 AM
why do tanks need to be re-tested?and will the tank still work fine if its not?:confused:

Tanks need to be tested because they need to see if they are still in good enough condition to be aired up, because the air inside is soo very pressurized and all. The tank will probably work fine still, but you are risking yourself to an exploded tank, which can possible kill you. IT is also illegal to fill a out of hydro tank. In My Opinion your life is worth more than 30 bucks, which is how much it will end up costing you to get the test done. It is worth it, because its now good for another 3-5 years. 3-5 years is a good amount of time when you will play alot!

01-21-2007, 11:24 AM
how do i tell if mine is out of hydro?

01-21-2007, 11:31 AM
do you have a pic of your tank?
if you do we can tell you how much time is left on your tank

if not, there will be a date on it, once it reaches that date, it is over hydro.

on some tanks its 3 or 5 years after the date printed on the tank

01-21-2007, 12:38 PM
It wouldnt put the pic on here for some reason but here are the numbers:

dot-e 7277-3000
alt 296c-133754
12 04

are these the right numbers?its a crossfire 68/3000

01-21-2007, 12:59 PM
12 o4 is the hydro date was made in december of 2004 and you have until atleast dec of 07. I think you need run the dot number to find out if it is a 3 or 5 year tank.

01-21-2007, 01:06 PM
Crossfire makes 3 year tanks i believe, so that means you need to get it done by the end of this year

01-21-2007, 01:36 PM
E 07277 tanks were manufactured by SCI and are 3 year tanks...
Your tank needs to be re-hydroed after 12/2007....
I always use Hydro Test (http://www.hydrotester.com/index.htm)
They specialize in paintball tanks. They are professional, fast and competent. You will not find a better place to send your tank for hydro. Check out there site for policies and pricing.

01-21-2007, 02:26 PM
Ok Thx.

Triple xXx
01-26-2007, 01:31 PM
Well I paid $159 for a 68/4500 HPA tank. Good deal, right? Wrong!

It needs to be hydro-ed every 3 years instead of every 5 years.

So in 3 years I will have spent $199 ($159 + hydro testing) on this tank. I should have just paid the extra money and got the ($199) 5 year 68/4500 to begin with!

You think that it's a great deal until you realize how much more you end up spending on the 3 year tanks over the life span of the tank.

01-26-2007, 06:33 PM
One thing about the dates. The dates on my pure energy Co2 and HPa tanks have worn off. so I wrote the dates down. be carful not to rub them off.

02-07-2007, 12:14 PM
Yea for a co2 tank, its a rip off to have it tested for $17 plus shipping, you might as well buy a new 20oz for $30. I just ran into this today and the dude would fill it up, im just a little bitter and I know my tank is in perfect condition. :mad:

02-07-2007, 12:15 PM
But in 3 years you can sell it instead of hydro testing it. ;)

02-07-2007, 12:24 PM
lol, yea.......I dont know the guy said its every 5 years.

02-08-2007, 07:25 AM
If you go to your local dive shop or paintball dealer they might enlighten you on a local shop. We have several and one does them for $18 including visual with 24 hour turn around!