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Old April 25th, 2017, 08:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Help me choose between a 43ci and a 68ci 4500 psi tank.

My tank soon will need to be hydro tested, and I don't have much hope it will pass the test. I have always used a 63ci/3000psi tank and it worked fine for me. I wanted to replace my old tank with a new one just like it, but I cannot find any, I just find either 43ci/3000psi tanks or any of the 4500psi ones. So, I want to buy a 4500psi tank that can hold as much air as my old tank or more, and my decision is between the 68ci and the 43ci. Budget wise I prefer the 43ci because the ones I've found cost 1/3 of the price the 68ci ones do. So, basically, want I want to know is if the 43ci/4500psi tank holds more air than the 68ci/3000psi one or not. If not, then I'll just buy the 68ci one, even if it's so much more expensive.

I still use my TM-15, if that helps in any way.
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Old April 26th, 2017, 03:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First question, what makes you think your tank won't pass?


Besides that,
I'd say shoot for the 68/4500 it will be really close to the size you are used to but hold 150% of the air.

As a general rule of thumb
To calculate the shots off of a tank
If 3000psi multiply CI by 10
If 4500psi multiply CI by 15

68*10 is 680
45*15 is 675
68*15 is 1020

Now, on a tm 15 I think you would beat all of these, on a 68/45 I would expect around 1400 shots but those numbers will allow you to compare the tanks
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Old April 26th, 2017, 07:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Okay, so what you're saying is that a 43/45 will hold less air than the 68/30. Okay, that makes sense, I'll shoot for the 68/45.

I think that my tank won't make it because I was irresponsible and it's been seven years since I bought it. I practically didn't use it for 5 of those 7 years but I have no idea how the hydro thing work so....
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Old April 26th, 2017, 08:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It's got a 15 year life span. It's very rare to have them fail the hydro test. Unless there's very obvious damage to it, I'd say it's going to pass.
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Old April 26th, 2017, 11:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ya if you bought it new it's fine. Unless there was a defect in it it should pass no problem

Really the 45ci (I'm not sure where you are getting 43ci, I've never seen that size) the 45/4500 and the 68/3k hold the same amount of air, don't count on there actually being 5 extra shots in the 68. There are simply too many variables when filling tanks to say that for sure, those are just ball park figures, not absolutely 100% accurate numbers for every situation
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