How Much Should Acetylene Tanks Cost?

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Size of New Tanks Determines Price

  • Acetylene tanks are available in several sizes. The cost of a new acetylene tank depends on the size of the tank. In general, the price per cubic foot capacity goes down as tank sizes get larger. Pick the size you need, then shop around. As of August 2010, a new, 40-cubic-foot tank could be purchased for $75.

Used or Loaner Tanks are Cheaper

  • Other than cosmetic defects, a used acetylene tank, recently hydro-tested, is as serviceable as a new one and can be as much as two-thirds less expensive. Most welding supply companies will loan you a tank as long as you purchase the acetylene from them. When you empty one, exchange it at the same business for a different, full tank.

Bottom Line

  • Owning your own acetylene tank, new or used, may make sense if you live close to a facility with the capability of recharging it. Otherwise, check out nearby welding supply stores, hardware stores or farm stores for their welding gas loaner programs.

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