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  • Need a low cost torch

    Like the title says, just for ocasional use. A little cutting and heating now and then.

    Is something like this okay?

    http://www.toolsnow.com/browse.cfm/4,558.html

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    Its hard to argue with 99$ and it will likely work, I would say there is some gamble factor with it though. Torches are a good investment and very competitively priced usually by vendors who have some interest in the bottle business so markups are slim and you really get value, also when comparing it to the cost of bottles saving another 100 or so on junk is rather insignificant. But again, 99$, you could always sell it for scrap at some point if it didn't pan out, but then you are back at the beginning again. I am occasionally surprised, some cheap stuff does work well but it can be hit and miss.
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    • #3
      The torch and gauges are the least expensive part.

      Gas cylinders cost big time, and if you don't buy big enough, you can't do much real work in the cutting and heating department.

      I'd recommend oxy-propane as the lowest cost alternative. Your $99 rig will work OK for light use, and a 20# propane jug is about $35 compared to $200 for a #4 acetylene tank.

      You'll still be out arond $200 for a decent size (150 cf) oxygen cylinder.

      Hank
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      • #4
        I did not see any mention of back-flow or flashback preventers. For the occasional/new user these would be a good safety item.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Blacksmith View Post
          I did not see any mention of back-flow or flashback preventers. For the occasional/new user these would be a good safety item.
          I agree, but I haven't seen a new-in-the-box handle in recent years that didn't have checks and arrestors built in.

          Hank
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          • #6
            If you're on a budget, the pawn shops are the only place to buy torches/gages, if your not on a budget it's still the best place to buy. Leave the chinese junk to people who enjoy owning chinese junk. Buy a high quality old school Victor torch/gages at your friendly local pawn shop for nickles on the dollar. Even if they're boke, get em fixed and still be dollars ahead.
            You can pass on high quality oxy-acy equipment to your kids and grandkids. Cinese junk is just that, junk.

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            • #7
              I agree 100% with JT, I got an old Victor 315 at a pawn shop for 20 bucks, a couple O rings later and it has been on my truck for almost 5 years now. Don't buy a crap torch, you will end up throwing it out only to buy a good one.
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              • #8
                I saw several Victor Firepower sets on eBay NIB for around $155. This would be a much better deal than a clone.

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                • #9
                  Also check your local Craig's List or classifieds, you sometimes can get the whole thing with bottles at a resonable rate..
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                  • #10
                    Thanks for all the advice.

                    For tanks, I just planned on doing the exchange thing like with my mig tank. But I haven't priced that out yet.

                    I'd rather go new, since I don't know much about these things to fix what may not work right.

                    I'll check into that Firepower set.

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