eBay Air Tank Project is complete!

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    ztirffritz
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    My build is now complete. 

    1. AirTank: $115+$15(s/h)
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  • Gauge: $150
  • Whip: $17
  • Mesh wrap: $4
  • Handle/Strap: $25
  • Fittings: $7
  • HydroTest + Fill: $60 (I found a cheaper source later that would have been $20 but only after I gave the tank to the first vendor)
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    Total: $393
    I probably could have cut about $100 from the total by building my own fill assembly, but I felt that was one area I shouldn’t skimp on.  I could have cut another $40 by using the other vendor for the test and fill.
     

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Jr_Explorer
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So about $400 and 8 years of life left.  A Brancato Great White is about $800+ for 15 year life.  Looks to be a push.

But in 8 years you can spend another $130 on a used tank to get another 8 years for a total outlay of $530.  Once more after that you’d be good for a total of 24 years for an outlay of $660.  Do the same at 15 years (buy just a used tank and move all the Brancato hardware over to that tank) and you’d get 23 years for an outlay of $930.

Looks like your home bought method definitely saves you some money long term! 

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ztirffritz
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I said earlier that if I had the money id recommend buying a setup. I don’t have that money. Others are in the same boat. 

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Jr_Explorer
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No no.  I get it.  But long term even you come out pretty far ahead dollar wise.  I did get the Great White set-up from Joe.  But when it expires (assuming I don’t have my own compressor set-up by then) I will look for a cheap “half-life” tank and use all the hardware.  Good job.  I would be to overwhelmed trying to get all the right parts.  It might help others if you detail the “fittings” link as it shows ALL the fittings sold by Airhog.

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ztirffritz
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In this instance, it was the following fittings:

1/8″ mNPT x 1/4″ mNPT
Steel Reducer
1/8″ fNPT x 1/8″ fNPT
Steel Coupling

 

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coclimber
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ztirffritz, I followed your project from the beginning and am impressed.  Inspired me.  And maybe just as important as saving a lot, you learned a lot, and in the end, that may be more important.

Well done.

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ztirffritz
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“coclimber”ztirffritz, I followed your project from the beginning and am impressed.  Inspired me.  And maybe just as important as saving a lot, you learned a lot, and in the end, that may be more important.

Well done.


Thanks.  The big thing that i learned about and I could see easily causing a LOT of problems and headaches for anyone going down the homebrewed path are the different thread standards.  I had to really pay attention to everything to make sure that I wasn’t getting mixed standards.  Imagine the frustration you’d have if you purchased the gauge for $150 and tried to screw in the air whip ($20) and realized 1) that the air whip used the British thread pitch and the gauge used the NPT 2) you’d just ruined both components and couldn’t return either now.

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Daxx
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This should be a sticky for all that want to DIY their on air tanks.  Good Job!!

Daxx

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dodge3500
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Post pictures.:)

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frambonian
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This is great!  Thanks for the links and info.  It’s in my future for sure.

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linsfreak
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Good info

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ztirffritz
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“dodge3500”Post pictures.:)


I added pictures, but I’m not sure it is an improvement…. let me know if you think it helps or not. 

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linsfreak
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I should say good job as well.

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Mudbugmitch
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Did I miss it ? How many fills do you get ? At what pressures ? 

Mitch

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ztirffritz
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I can get about 44 fills to 3000psi on my Marauder from this tank.

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scotty
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Ztirfritz, I saw on the website for the link to the fittings that they sell a gauge with a hose and bleeder valve. http://www.airhog.com/index.php?id_product=50&controller=product
This seems perfect, or I’m lacking knowledge. Is there a reason you chose the other gauge and hose over the less expensive option?
Im shopping for a set up on a budget and really appreciate your post here.

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Ryan6900
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Do you have any of these tanks for sale? If so, call me. 409-466-3395. My name is Jeremy

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ztirffritz
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“scotty”Ztirfritz, I saw on the website for the link to the fittings that they sell a gauge with a hose and bleeder valve. http://www.airhog.com/index.php?id_product=50&controller=product
This seems perfect, or I’m lacking knowledge. Is there a reason you chose the other gauge and hose over the less expensive option?
Im shopping for a set up on a budget and really appreciate your post here.


That’s a DIN valve, not a CG-347. I didin’t see you’re post until just now.  Sorry I didn’t reply sooner.

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scotty
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Ahah. I’m still planning, I sent you a pm with another question about filling. 

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