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How to tell age of Luxfer tank?

Discussion in 'Tanks, Valves and Bands' started by under water, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. rjack321

    rjack321 Captain

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    Really now, how are TC markings relevant?
     
  2. pescador775

    pescador775 Loggerhead Turtle

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    Your tank is made of 6061 T6 alloy. Luxfer discontinued the alloy 6351 T6 in mid 1988. The older tanks were marked "SP 6498" or "E6498". Some were restamped by the hydro facility as "3AL". Later tanks were stamped with the 3AL by the mfr. However, the date is telling. The original hydro of your tank is 08^90. This means it is made from the "safer" alloy.

     
  3. fire_diver

    fire_diver Solo Diver

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    Sorry, Rjack, you are completely wrong.

    I have in front of me, right now, a tank you say doesn't exist.

    It's one of those, great, older U.S. Divers "professional" AL80s. It's marking are:

    CTC/DOT - 3AL3000 - S80
    P273XXX LUXFER 10 ^ 86

    All factory original stampings. This IS a 6351 alloy tank.

    'Nuff said.

    FD
     
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  4. fire_diver

    fire_diver Solo Diver

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    Sounds like you got a great deal, congrats!

    FD
     
  5. under water

    under water Solo Diver

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    Thanks Pescador,
    With all the discussion on this thread, I was starting to get confused again. I will assume that the initial hydro date on my tank is the deciding factor.
     
  6. rjack321

    rjack321 Captain

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    Guess so, my PSI notebook says that tank should not exist since 3AL3000 was a different approval process than the E or SP. Obviously it does. Never seen one myself, don't shop for 20 YO tanks either.
     
  7. pescador775

    pescador775 Loggerhead Turtle

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    Thank you for submitting a question which included a full description and background of the problem. Too often, on SB I get suckered into responding to a one liner which is followed by a dozen clarifying remarks from the originator, all submitted piecemeal.
     
  8. SparticleBrane

    SparticleBrane DIR Practitioner

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    Joke :D

    I don't see why the markings are so important...the simple fact is that unless it was manufactured by Catalina, aluminum scuba cylinders made before June of 1988 are 6351--regardless of what the markings say. Personally I wouldn't buy a tank that's older than 1990 but that's just me.
     
  9. meltonart

    meltonart Garibaldi

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    I just picked up an aluminum 80 manufactured in 9-88 with a number 55432.
    It's out of hydro. as of 04 and has orange paint over the last hydro date but had current vis. sticker on it and has air in it.
    Does that orange paint mean it failed last hydro?
    I only paid $20.00 for it so even if it is a paperweight I'll find something to do with it like make a lamp.
     
  10. captain

    captain Captain

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    Those are as common as dirt and not just from US Divers.
     

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