Re: Welding Cylinder Cost
Cylinders are rated in Cubic Feet.
An 80 CuFt cylinder is about the size of a scuba tank, and runs about $145 with valve.
Most of the time you have to buy this cylinder size, and then exchange it for a filled one, or have your cylinder filled.
Expect to pay in the range of $30 to $35 for a fill, but they last a LONG time...
For about the same price, you can get about a 5 year lease on a LARGE cylinder 120 CuFt or bigger.
( I use the big ones...)
They are top heavy, bulky, and a pain in the butt, but I don't have to buy new ones, or have mine inspected... I just trade it in for a full one...
Expect to pay about $10 more to have it filled.
Mostly Argon will give you better welds...
There are a variety of mixes now,
75% Argon, 25% CO2.
80% Argon, 20% CO2
95% Argon, 5% CO2
I'm playing with 95% Argon, 5% Oxygen right now, but I'm not real impressed with it...
Lots of guys use straight CO2, but in my limited experience, plain CO2 doesn't do as well as mostly Argon, and it's more expensive.
If you just do a little welding, or just utility welding, you might get off cheaper with a Fountain coke machine CO2 bottle.
My next door neighbor did that for his race track tank, and it seems to work for him...
Dirt cheap too! Got the tank at an out of business fast food restaurant, and has a friend at a restaurant that gets them
So many cats, so few recipes...