Is there any benefit to the faber tanks compared to the steel or galvanized? I was told to go with the galvanized tank. Also, I am really torn on to go with the 120 cf or the 100cf. I am afraid that the 120 is going to be to large and will feel like " too much on my back" . But I like the fact that you are getting a extra 20 cf of air. Great for deep dives!
If anyone can help, it would be greatly appreciated.
Good Day Brady, I own a 149cf Faber Blue Steel tank. I too like to touch the bottom as often as possible. I am 6 foot even and most of my dives are from shore. And am by no means am a gym junkie. I purchased the 149 due to the fact I do a bunch of exploration and can do multi dives on a single tank. I can not speak on the galvanized tanks as I do not own one. However, I love my steal Faber. My dive buddy has a 130 cf steal tank and has had it for years and has a few thousand dives on it. We dove the other day, went past 200 feet and dove for over 80 minutes and still had room left. The extra 20 feet on the 120 will be worth the effort.
Good luck with your decision. And enjoy you new tank and diving. Bigger is better! Hope this helped. Any other questions let me know, I'd be happy to answer.
The Faber high pressure steel tanks are galvanized.However they are cold galvanized as opposed to a hot dip galvanizing. The hot dip is supposed to be a little more robust . However the Faber tanks are painted white over the galvanize and are a much better looking tank. Ask yourself this, are you an airhog and go through a tank much faster than your dive buddy? If so than whats better "too much on your back" ,which in the water is meaningless. Or "well I'm out of air, sorry everyone we have to end the dive". If you dont go through air at a fast pace than get tanks in the same size range as the people you are most likely to be diving with. That way you are not carrying more than you have to and bring back a half full tank because your buddys had less air to start with. Or if you and your buddy dont mind going solo than get the big tank and whoever runs out first goes back and the other continues. I'm an air hog and on trips where I dont have my big tanks I run my tank dry to keep up with my friends.When I am down to 200 pounds left I start a leisurely ascent till I run out than surface swim back. I do not recommend this course of action unless you are very comfortable in the water and have a lot of diving experience.
My Faber is a steel tank. However I am not using it for diving. I fill a pellet rifle with it. I needed a stel tank to hold 3400 psi.
Sorry I do not know about diving. It works great for what I got it.
Faber tanks are steel. When I researched the pros/cons of Faber-style finish vs galvanized, I opted for the Faber. From what I recall, as long as you are good about rinsing your equipment after a dive, there is really no drawback to the Faber finish and it has some advantages. I would recommend the 100 cf, but it's a personal preference. The 100 is more or less the size of an AL80. If you're a big guy and you really need that much air I'd say go for the 120.
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I own one Faber 100 cu ft steel tank which I got from LeisurePro. I also have a 130 Faber cu ft tank. Their quality and the finish are outstanding. People notice the difference between them and the galvanized tanks. I also own 3 PST tanks: 2 100 cu ft steels and one 80 cu ft steel. And a 120 cu ft XS Scuba tank that I also purchased from LeisurePro. I seldom use the 120 and 130. The 100's give me just enough extra air (especially with a good air fill) that they almost perfect for every recreational dive. The 120 comes in handy when you need more air, but the increased length and additional weight are real negatives. Because of the increased length, my regulator's first stage is also positioned right behind my head. If I had had a chance to try the tank before I bought one, I don't think I would have. The 100's get it done for me.
I have not had any problems with rust inside the Faber tanks. I have had rust problems with the PST tanks and it costs money to get them cleaned. I really like the Faber 100. I bought one for my son to use. The profile of the tank appears to be a tad slimmer than my PST's. The people at my dive shop also prefer them, but a galvanized tank works just as well and is less expensive.
First air usage, it depence on two essential factors, (1) how hard do you breath, and (2) what is your buddy carries. Assum both you and your buddy carry same tank, and you have less experience, you either improve your skill, either have a bigger size tank. Another assum, both of you have same skill, you have 80, your buddy has 120, you know what to do. What I want to say is select tank size shall not link to which type of tank. In general, 80 or 100 is good enough for one-tank dive. After 20 or 30 dives, your skill will be OK, you will realize, 120 is too much except you have a buddy take same one. Go to observe at any dive spot, most divers used only 80.
About faber, steel, or galvanized, my opinion, they are all great. do not believe one will be significant better than others. They only have slightly difference, which to me, can be ignored. I bought a Faber. Why, it is white color. Just white color. After using it, I love it. My suggestion is: go to dive shop, ask Faber, steel, and galvanized tank, same size, in front of your eye, pick one you like, if price is significantly difference, take cheap one.
Good luck and enjoy your dive.
I have been using the Faber tanks for a few years now, and have not noticed any rust on them, which the galvanization is supposed to help with. I always wash the tanks with fresh water after each dive, and leave dry, so it shouldn't be a problem. The 100cf tanks are heavy and feel bulky to me (I am over 6 foot tall), but give me a little extra air over folks with the more usual 80s. I can only guess what the 120s are like, but at 4 inches longer, and 5 lbs heavier, they can only be more bulky...
No, there is no benefit. The lower price is the main attraction here. If money is not an issue, go for galvanized - but cheaper is nice in that you can get multiple tanks, which can be a huge convenience factor and can be used to move into doubles/sidemount.
120cf is considerably bigger and heavier. If you are short, I'd definitely stick with 100cf otherwise you may run into trim issues. If not, I think you'll get used to it. Weight is not a factor once you are in the water, it's only a hassle when carrying tanks around on land.
Otherwise you should aim to match your capacity to those of your dive buddies, taking your and their consumption rate into consideration.
I purchased these tanks about six months ago and sold them due to a move across country. They were awesome tanks, however they scratch very easily. I did purchase neoprene covers for them on eBay so my cam bands would'nt keep tearing them up. They (100's) are also a very long tank compared to the worthingtons I had been using in the past so if you are really tall go for the 120's but honestly everywhere I dove I always had plenty of air and not enough time to use it up!
Steel definitely looks better. But the galvanized does not scratch or get its paint chipped. Once you're in the water you will not notice the weight difference of the tank. But it depends on if you are a air hog or air sipper. My girl uses steel 95 and I use steel 120s. and we both come up with the same amount of air.