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  • Who has the OLDEST tank/cyl still in use??

    While talking to a guy on the phone yesterday about an old tank he has, I got to wondering how old some of the tanks out there are that are still in use. I looked at all mine and the oldest hydro stamp I can find is 10-46 on a 330 cu/ft oxygen tank, so the tank has got to be a WWII tank, I would think. I guess they can go on pretty much indefinitely as long as they keep passing the hydro test, huh?

    Which brings me to my question.......Who has the oldest tank out there that is still in service? What is the record? Come on, guys..go dig around in the shop and lets hear about the old ones still in use....size and contents would be interesting to know, too!!
    Don J
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    Look on old Linde tanks and you can still find some with swastikas on them. Other Linde tanks have what looks like a window pane on them where they have used a stamp to hide what it originally was. Have seen one that had a 1920 date on it.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bob the Welder View Post
      Look on old Linde tanks and you can still find some with swastikas on them. Other Linde tanks have what looks like a window pane on them where they have used a stamp to hide what it originally was. Have seen one that had a 1920 date on it.

      I've had a lot of Linde tanks like that... my current 232CF O2 bottle is less than 10 years old...
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      • #4
        How's about first recert in 1919? (last on there is 2006)
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        • #5
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uehXEqm1mSM

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          • #6
            Read and learn:

            http://www.airsource-one.com/news.html

            Old cylinders are for gongs, not for high pressure gas.

            Ken

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            • #7
              I only have a 6-52 but it is stamped "AIR FORCES".

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              • #8
                We get CO2 cylinders from 1926 and 1929 regularly

                They don't meet spec's for oxygen so they fill the 300's or 330's with 50# of co2. Delivered they are $14.95 each. Each cylinder lasts a welder 4 or 5 days. Argon/CO2 would probably last 3 days and cost 3 or 4 times as much.

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                • #9
                  Had a tank for my MIG that was date 1946!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by taylorkh View Post
                    Read and learn:

                    http://www.airsource-one.com/news.html

                    Old cylinders are for gongs, not for high pressure gas.

                    Ken
                    There is nothing wrong with "old" cylinders based on their age alone. I have been making wind chimes out of old "K" & "T" cylinders. Some have dates back to 1913. These cylinders were still in use until being rejected for arc strikes on the bottle. Some were also rejected due to a large spread fire that went through this area a couple of years ago. Any bottle that was exposed to the fire was automatically rejected.

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                    • #11
                      i have seen swastika's on some of mine.

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                      • #12
                        We have had several with swastikas also

                        At least once a month we have one with swastikas. Sometimes they have been overstamped by hand with an O or X.

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                        • #13
                          Here's a picture from SAIT welding shop, taken by my brother-inlaw November last year. May 1927, German. This is a demo tank apparently, but SAIT still has another one in service.
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                          • #14
                            The date on the SAIT bottle predates Hitler's ascension to power, so I wonder about the origin of the swastika symbol as a proof mark. The swastika is ancient and was/is used worldwide for things totally unrelated to the Nazi party.

                            Interesting history, as these cylinders may be the oldest industrial container in continuous use!

                            Any more swastika cylinder "proof stamp" pics out there for comparison?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 1930case View Post
                              The date on the SAIT bottle predates Hitler's ascension to power, so I wonder about the origin of the swastika symbol as a proof mark. The swastika is ancient and was/is used worldwide for things totally unrelated to the Nazi party.

                              Interesting history, as these cylinders may be the oldest industrial container in continuous use!

                              Any more swastika cylinder "proof stamp" pics out there for comparison?
                              Maybe they put the swastikas on at a later date? Linde was German and I am certain it pertained to the Nazi party at one time.

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