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    i have 2 w-17 oxweld torch outfits that are about 30 yrs old.i am needing another outfit.i was wondering if these torches are good as any or if any newer torches are better? the newer outfits have 2 stage regulators ,can someone explain that?

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    Oxweld torches are some of the best. The w-17 is a very high quality torch and can handle just about any welding, heating, or cutting application. If you need any parts you can go to any ESAB dealer, and if you need to know more about your torch, just go to esabna.com. 2 stage regulators are really only needed in industrial applications, single stage is probably fine for anything you will do. 2 stage regs lower the pressure in two stages and are slightly more accurate when you are drawing large volumes of gas.

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    • #3
      Since I found this old thread looking for Oxweld torch info, here's some info for other W-17 owners:

      It's still in production and available online along with various other supporting components.

      http://products.esabna.com/EN/home/g...tegory_id.1410

      Seal-Seat have a good catalog for Linde/L-tec/ESAB gear and list parts for them.

      http://www.sealseat.com/prod01.htm

      Outfit page. The Extra Heavy Duty series use the same 1500 series tips if that matters:

      http://products.esabna.com/EN/home/g...aratus_outfits

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      • #4
        Oxweld are the best in oxycutting. I own a burner torch made by oxweld, a lot of power I can say.

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        • #5
          I have 2 W-17's. They are a good torch just not as popular as the Victor or Harris. I have at least 50# of different tips and every heating/welding tip that was made for it plus the regs. I am going to make a big wall display if i can find that much wall in my garage...Bob
          Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
          Metal Master Fab
          Salem, Ohio
          Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
          http://www.ceilingtrains.com/
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sawking/
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/southbend10k/

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          • #6
            They also go CHEAP on Ebay because most folks aren't familiar with the
            Union Carbide/Linde/L-tec/Purox/Oxweld torch families which go back many decades.

            You can use the pictures and do a bit of reading between Ebay and the downloadable manuals to get an idea of what fits what.

            The designs are so good that you can buy a new Purox E torch (for example) today whose parts interchange with the 1940s version. I love the ergonomics of those torches.

            They are still made in the USA.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by monckywrench View Post
              The designs are so good that you can buy a new Purox E torch (for example) today whose parts interchange with the 1940s version. I love the ergonomics of those torches.

              They are still made in the USA.
              Yup Florence South Carolina. I called them a few times...Bob
              Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
              Metal Master Fab
              Salem, Ohio
              Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
              http://www.ceilingtrains.com/
              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sawking/
              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/southbend10k/

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