Posted by NickD (220.127.116.11) on April 21, 2001 at 13:56:00:
In Reply to: O2 and insurance...need some tales of experience posted by mastifflvr28 on April 21, 2001 at 09:33:11:
the O2 tanks and the O2 concentrator rental as it was prescribed by my nero, but policies change from place to place and sometimes day to day, awfully difficult to win any argument with any insurance company. Due to company changes, I checked in O2 concentrator rental, like $175.00 per month plus supplies, so I found an almost less than 200 hours concentrator on ebay for $375.00, love that machine and I can buy the masks for five bucks apiece at a medical supply store. Seen a lot of tanks on Ebay with the flowmeter, regulator, mask, and the tanks in the 80 buck range, but you got to hang in there can check everyday. I love my concentrator, got spare filters, spare masks, and the service manual, and since it's mine, I dust it. I put 400 hours on it already, purrs like a kitten, might even add racing stripes. I check on ebay now and then, may buy another as a spare if the price is right but don't want to be greedy either as someone else may need it. The machines that were rented had in excess of 30,000 hours, I think a new one works much better as it kicks the hell out of headache.
You can rent tanks from a welding supplier, but most will not fill your tank because of some insurance law they claim. That kind of bugged me, because I had a brand new certified tank they would fill, but could rent one of their old rusty units I didn't want to bring in the house. Check first about filling.
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