Buy the unpainted, preferrably bead blasted tanks.michaelbaranowski said:I headed the other day that Gander Mountain now has Scuba dept. and that they have cheap tanks.
Or you can try the internet but then once once you get them you they are going to need a visual and you have to pay shipping so you might as well gotten then at a dive shop.
Last summer I bought two painted tanks and they were $169 a piece but I think unpainted AL are $159.
Dude,will_spear4food said:Who worries about getting their tanks serviced? If they fail, you probably won't be around to take them for service. If you take care of them, you will end up getting years of service from any new tank, and any LDS should VIP and have hydro service for you. Valves typically don't need a whole lot of service, if you take reasonable care with them. Of course I service my own...
scubaru said:I've mentioned it before, but here it is again:
WW Diving in Humble will price match Leisure Pro or anyone else online as long as the item is in stock.
VIP's, Hydros,& Fills, = getting tanks serviced
I have worked for and run several shops. I don't know a one that won't, as you say, "service" a tank from any customer that walks in. Maybe things have changed? Any shop that wouldn't is awfully short sighted, what with people moving from one area to another, receiving presents from someone else... inheriting gear from others... "Servicing" that gear is a great way to make new happy customers and a great way to boost profits! Inventory for providing that service is very cheap! (a lot cheaper than carrying an inventory of cylinders that often end up sitting around and being clearanced at closeout prices... or used as a "loss leader"). Cylinders are not usually a "high profit margin" item for dive shops... but are carried themselves as a service for customers.
JMHO... based on common sense and experience.
And yes, Dennis has always been A1 to me! I am all for doing business with dive shops whenever possible. It's darned hard to keep them around when people are buying their gear mail order or off the internet... or from general purpose sports stores that have no diving professionals on staff.
The purpose of my previous post was not to promote doing business elsewhere than the LDS, but to make sure something wasn't misrepresented.
Find a LDS that will readily and happily service gear purchased from other sources, and you will find a shop with a great attitude that deserves your future business! Buy from them and support them, so they are there when you need service later. Your local fire station may have a cheaper connection for hydro testing, but they can't help you with other dive equipment needs.
Well, the terminology "service your tank"... was used in a way that sounded like it implied there was a lot more to be done with a cylinder and that there was some reason a shop wouldn't do it if the tank wasn't bought from them. That would be an insane practice for a dive shop, not that everyone in the dive business is sane! :rotfl:scubaru said:
Ok, so you feel the same way I do about doing business with your LDS vs. online. Last time I checked you couldn't drive over to LeisurePro and get a Hydro, VIP, or fill. I guess where you are misrepresenting your train of thought is the "Who cares about getting their tanks serviced?"
Anywho, get 'ya some bottom time and come up with dinner you'll feel better.