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Portable Air Tank life?

To: "FOT" <fot@Autox.Team.Net>
Subject: Portable Air Tank life?
From: "Bill Sohl" <>
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2004 13:47:06 -0500
I noticed a "warning" label item on my new 10 Gal Portable Air Tank
from Sears.  It stated there is a date on the tank after
which the tank should be discarded empty and no longer used.
Found the stamped warning on the tank which said:
"Do not use after 7 years from date stamped"  The date
stamped is 2/20/04.

That would mean I lost almost a full year of use...assuming
I really discard the unit on 2/20/2011...which brings up my
question to the any of you have similar warnings
on existing air tanks?  I have a 2HP 20 Gal unit that is now
some 23 or so years old.  No warning on the tank that I
ever saw.

When did this designated tank life ending dating start and how widespread
is it?  I am asuming it is driven by product liability fears and/or
ASME (not sure of the acronym hear) specifications.

The really funny thing about this warning is that it is stamped
on the bottom of one of the two foot pads...which means it is likly
to get beat up and unreadable fairly quickly.  If I hadn't happened
to see the warning reference in the one page info sheet, I'd
not likly ever know about it.

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas or whatever.

Happy New Year to all.

Bill Sohl

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