View Full Version : Luxfer Tank Buy Backs
12-16-2002, 05:21 AM
Probabley most of you allready know that LUXFER is Paying $50.00 for aluminum tanks made between 1972 and 1987.These tanks were made from an alloy that has been failing.Some dive shops are collecting the tanks to ship them back LTL,saving you the shipping expence.BIRD'S UNDERWATER in Crystal River is one shop that is doing this for us(352 563 2763). LUXFERS # is 800 764 0366.I understand some shops have allready stoped filling these tanks due to the saftey hazared involved.
12-16-2002, 05:54 AM
We took advantage of this offer a while ago. Luxfer would upgrade you to a new 100cf aluminum for about $40 more. We ended up shipping the tanks in ourselves.
12-16-2002, 06:19 AM
LUXFER is not paying $50 for the tanks, they are replacing the tanks with brand new tanks for $50. For $40 more you can upgrade to a 100CF tank. They used to swap out the tanks for free.
I have bought five tanks this way.
And yes, alot of dive shops won't fill tanks made in '83-'84, as these were the most troublesome of the alloys.
12-16-2002, 09:29 AM
Just an FYI....I just spoke with Paula at Luxfer and she said it's not a recall...just a "courtesy", because many dive shops won't fill the old tanks.
The tanks affected were made between 1972 and June of 1988. Look at the 1st hydro or manufacture date on the shoulder.
You have to send the tank to Luxfer and they will send you a certificate for $50 off a new Luxfer tank. But she said the promotion won't start again until Jan. 2, 2003.
12-16-2002, 09:58 AM
They keep downgrading that deal. Now, if you send in a tank, shipping will be about $40, since the tank is going to Riverside, CA. You end up netting about $10. Kind of shitty since they made the bad alloy. They used to replace them FREE, but I guess too many people caught wind of it and it started costing them too much.
12-16-2002, 09:59 AM
John break down the process in how you managed to upgrade to 100's. I have an old Luxfer I would like to upgrade to 100cf. I assume the cost would be $90.00 plus shipping?
12-16-2002, 12:31 PM
Well, LUXFER used to replace the 80's with 100's for $90 plus shipping, but it sounds like they are not even doing that now. Call LUXFER and tell them you have a tank that failed VIP (does not matter if it actually did or not, just tell them that) and find out what the program is now. Tell them you would like to upgrade to a 100.
12-16-2002, 06:32 PM
man all my 80s are old but i,m not paying anything to get new ones,i,ll just put that money towards another hp 100
12-16-2002, 06:46 PM
NO SHIT???? This is my ticket for a cheap 100!!!!!! :D:D:D
12-16-2002, 08:29 PM
For a wetsuit man!!!!!!!
Don't tell us your tanks are as bad as your wetsuit!:D
12-16-2002, 09:27 PM
12-17-2002, 09:12 AM
Good point, Screen Name. first things first! :D
12-17-2002, 05:05 PM
Don't forget all those Walter Kiddies "WK" tanks. Nearly every one of them will fail a competant visual inspection. When I worked in a dive shop, I refused to fill them unless I did my own VIP (which I did not charge for). My life and those around me is worth a lot more then a $150 tank. Those Luxfers are the 6498s made from 6351-T6 aluminum alloy, I checked all of them too, failed an average of 60% when I did their VIPs.
12-18-2002, 08:50 AM
Are the Catalina tanks any better or worse than the Luxfers? I got an 80 for around $100. Could'nt pass it up.
12-19-2002, 01:38 PM
Catalina's are generally much better. Of all the hydros and VIPs I did, there were very few Catalinas that failed.
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