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    We just purchased the new 30 year 45 minute bottles from SCI. We had the local Scott dealer in to test our packs and were told with the SCI bottle the warranty was voided and the pack did not meet OHSA. Has anybody else had this problem? I think Scott is unhappy losing the business. The SCI bottles are 30% cheaper and comply with DOT.

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    I find that hard to belive as Luxifer and SCI are the only 2 manufacters. None of the SCBA manufacters make thier own bottles.
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      Originally posted by MAFDCAPT View Post
      We just purchased the new 30 year 45 minute bottles from SCI. We had the local Scott dealer in to test our packs and were told with the SCI bottle the warranty was voided and the pack did not meet OHSA. Has anybody else had this problem? I think Scott is unhappy losing the business. The SCI bottles are 30% cheaper and comply with DOT.
      You may only use Scott bottles with Scott SCBA, MSA bottles with MSA SCBA, etc. Whoever sold you the SCI bottles should have told you that.

      SCBA bottles are nominally interchangeable for emergency use only.

      Hopefully the dealer will have the integrity to buy back the SCI bottles or you can find someone using SCI SCBA who will take them off of your hands.

      Caveat emptor.

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      Last edited by DeputyMarshal; 08-31-2010, 01:53 PM. Reason: Added link to OSHA interpretation
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      • #4
        Originally posted by LaFireEducator View Post
        I find that hard to belive as Luxifer and SCI are the only 2 manufacters. None of the SCBA manufacters make thier own bottles.
        I find it incredible that you claim to be a professional trainer but aren't aware that you can't mix and match SCBA and SCBA bottles...
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        • #5
          Originally posted by MAFDCAPT View Post
          We just purchased the new 30 year 45 minute bottles from SCI. We had the local Scott dealer in to test our packs and were told with the SCI bottle the warranty was voided and the pack did not meet OHSA. Has anybody else had this problem? I think Scott is unhappy losing the business. The SCI bottles are 30% cheaper and comply with DOT.
          My understanding is that unless Scott or any manufacturer installs the cylinder valve assembly into the bottle, they will not warranty the use of the bottle on their pack. IIRC Scott uses SCI to make their bottles? Almost all, if not all, SCBA manufacturers say that their SCBA must be stored at the ready with one of their approved bottles, but subsequent bottles used at emergency scenes may be of other manufacture as long as they meet applicable DOT standards.

          This stance on bottle use isn't so unreasonable in my view. No one in their right mind would warranty parts that they have no control over. You could buy their valves and install them at the firehouse in your SCI bottles, but would assume all liability. The allowance for other bottles in emergency use was borne out of true necessity.

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          • #6
            Both SCI and Luxfer make bottles for most USA pack mfgs.On the legality note,if it wasn't AS TESTED, it is NOT compliant in osha/niosh's eyes. So if it doesn't have the Scott label and Scott valve(on a Scott pack) it would be deemed NON compliant. Be aware that both Luxfer and SCI are working with Fed regulators to get this changed. But as of RIGHT NOW,it hasn't been. T.C.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by LaFireEducator View Post
              I find that hard to belive as Luxifer and SCI are the only 2 manufacters. None of the SCBA manufacters make thier own bottles.
              They are not the only two manufacturers... but they are darn near 99% of the market.

              No, Scotts and MSA do not make bottles. Luxifer makes the bottles sold with MSA. I am not sure the manufacturer for Scotts, but it should be written on the bottle.
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              • #8
                Both Luxifer and SCI have made CYLINDERS (bottles are for babies and probies) for SCOTT (have seen them both in our SCBA shop.)

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                • #9
                  Both SCI and Luxfer are lobbying and are in the end process of getting the OSHA regulations changed. The cylinders from the manufacturer are the exact same ones that the SCBA manufacturer uses, minus their logo and the upcharge. We just bought some for CSR with out team logo, not MSA's on them. This crap that we are being held hostage by the manufacturers that sit on the committees has to stop. The only way it will stop, is if we as a Fire Service do not allow it anymore. Why do we need to spend $1100.00 for one hour cylinders from Scott, when I can get the exact same cylinder for around $600.00 from SCI?
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                  • #10
                    I'd go above the dealer's head and make a call to Scott to confirm what he's telling you is true. I'm not going to say he's a liar, but I'm not going to say he's telling you the truth, either. He may be a dealer that's upset he lost out on a bottle order and the profit that goes with it. I've dealt with dealers like that and have found a call to Scott often helps.

                    As has been mentioned, Luxfer and SCI make nearly all of the cylinders in the US market, including for Scott. The difference between a Scott and MSA (or Survivair, or Drager...) bottle is not the cylinder (at least not below the labels), but the valve assembly. If you'll notice, a Scott pack as the metal hanger to latch into the pack and an angled outlet compared with the valve handle.

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                    • #11
                      Yeah...........

                      Originally posted by jbrescue View Post
                      Both SCI and Luxfer are lobbying and are in the end process of getting the OSHA regulations changed. The cylinders from the manufacturer are the exact same ones that the SCBA manufacturer uses, minus their logo and the upcharge. We just bought some for CSR with out team logo, not MSA's on them. This crap that we are being held hostage by the manufacturers that sit on the committees has to stop. The only way it will stop, is if we as a Fire Service do not allow it anymore. Why do we need to spend $1100.00 for one hour cylinders from Scott, when I can get the exact same cylinder for around $600.00 from SCI?

                      I'm solidly with Jason on this. The Fire Service should Strongly Support this action.........
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                      • #12
                        OK don't tell anyone this lol Buy a few "Scott bottles to send in with scott packs for certifaction then when you ge tthem back put the SCI back on. Yes I know not the best way but hey th real world is fire departments are not rich.

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                        • #13
                          For those who are buying the SCI bottles or Luxfer for that matter, who's valve assembly do you use? All the bottles I've seen from SCI direct came with no valve? I agree this is just another money grab by the larger SCBA manufacturers, but in the end it will only drive up the costs of their SCBA as they recoup the money "lost" through other products and services. It's like taxing the crap out of businesses, the cost of the goods are just raised to cover the loss.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Catch22 View Post
                            I'd go above the dealer's head and make a call to Scott to confirm what he's telling you is true. I'm not going to say he's a liar, but I'm not going to say he's telling you the truth, either. He may be a dealer that's upset he lost out on a bottle order and the profit that goes with it. I've dealt with dealers like that and have found a call to Scott often helps.

                            As has been mentioned, Luxfer and SCI make nearly all of the cylinders in the US market, including for Scott. The difference between a Scott and MSA (or Survivair, or Drager...) bottle is not the cylinder (at least not below the labels), but the valve assembly. If you'll notice, a Scott pack as the metal hanger to latch into the pack and an angled outlet compared with the valve handle.
                            As it sits RIGHT NOW,it's true. And the Generic SCI cyl/valve has the tab and angled outlet on it. T.C.
                            Last edited by Rescue101; 09-01-2010, 08:33 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by volfireman034 View Post
                              OK don't tell anyone this lol Buy a few "Scott bottles to send in with scott packs for certifaction then when you ge tthem back put the SCI back on. Yes I know not the best way but hey th real world is fire departments are not rich.
                              UNLESS you have an INCIDENT involving PI or a Fatality. Then you are SCREWED and CAN be denied benefits. Better study your State and Federal regs on this one. You MAY not like what you find. T.C.

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