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#1 Amigatec OFFLINE  

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Posted March 29, 2013 - 03:16 AM

Are these any good? I need a portable torch.

http://www.harborfre...anks-65818.html
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Posted March 29, 2013 - 03:25 AM

Never had a small set like that, Pat. I wonder where you would get the bottles exchanged/filled? I know it would be a welding supply, but which one?


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Posted March 29, 2013 - 04:41 AM

The problem s my garage is about to fall down, so I would have to keep if in the house until I can replace the garage. Most welding stores will exchange the bottles, I used to have a portable mig welder, and did the same thing with the bottle.
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Posted March 29, 2013 - 06:40 AM

They work just as well as the big ones, however,  the bottles empty very quickly and it costs virtually the same to fill them as it does the full sized bottles. 


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Posted March 29, 2013 - 07:17 AM

I use a small torch like that everyday. I would be weary of buying the HF brand, explosive gases and cheap tools make me nervous. I do own several HF tools and such but that one makes me nervous. You can get some other name brands for not much more money, uniweld,harris, victor, purox. I personally use uniweld at work and I have them at home along with a small victor set. For cutting, I am using propane. Uniweld sells adapters that will let you use the small gauges that come with those sets (MC tank size) with a standard propane 20lbs tank. That and a propane cutting tip is all you need. Its easier for me to pick up propane on the weekends than acetylene.

 

Adaptor:

http://www.uniweld.c...es/adaptors/f37

 

Uniweld kits:

http://www.uniweld.c...ortable-outfits


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Posted March 29, 2013 - 07:23 AM

I've got a similar set on my work van made by victor,but I don't have the cutting head. Great set of torches but as Gtractor said I would expect the cutting head to use the bottles up quickly.


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Posted March 29, 2013 - 07:27 AM

Notice that two of the reviewers for HF said that the hoses were already cracking. That seems to be common with their hoses. It is very unsafe! Hose fire is a nightmare. Go with a bigger name brand set. The extra money you pay now will be saved on gas in the long run. BTW once you get one you will find that you use it more and more. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 29, 2013 - 07:43 AM

I have one of those.. Everything works great although the hoses are 3 years old and falling apart already. I can exchange the tanks at nearly all the local Napa auto supply houses. CHECK around for prices on bottle exchange as that varies a lot.

 

I tried propane but even the small gas grill thanks are not quite as portable and it didn't seem to Braze or Silver Solder as well. Overall for occasional use and cutting or bending something on small projects this size of torch will server you well.


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Posted March 29, 2013 - 09:32 AM

I had a set similiar to any of those but I had the plastic type carrier which was rather quiet with the metal bottles, no rattling.

 

 

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Posted March 29, 2013 - 01:20 PM

Well I found a used set just like the one HF sells, for $200, it even has some gas left. It is made by Harris Calorific.

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Posted March 29, 2013 - 02:34 PM

Well I found a used set just like the one HF sells, for $200, it even has some gas left. It is made by Harris Calorific.

Good way to go vs the HF set-up.

I love HF for some things, but I would rather go with-out , where safety is involved.

 

P.S. I have a Goss set like these, great little set-up.


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Posted March 30, 2013 - 04:43 AM

I use a small torch like that everyday. I would be weary of buying the HF brand, explosive gases and cheap tools make me nervous. I do own several HF tools and such but that one makes me nervous. You can get some other name brands for not much more money, uniweld,harris, victor, purox. I personally use uniweld at work and I have them at home along with a small victor set. For cutting, I am using propane. Uniweld sells adapters that will let you use the small gauges that come with those sets (MC tank size) with a standard propane 20lbs tank. That and a propane cutting tip is all you need. Its easier for me to pick up propane on the weekends than acetylene.
 
Adaptor:
http://www.uniweld.c...es/adaptors/f37
 
Uniweld kits:
http://www.uniweld.c...ortable-outfits


Does propane work better? I have never propane to cut with.

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Posted March 30, 2013 - 06:27 AM

You cant weld with propane, and it takes a little longer to start the cut for cutting. Propane is not as hot. I still use acetylene but I I like having the ability to run propane. It is cheaper and easier to find on the weekends. I have 3 20lbs propane tanks floating around the house and 2 acetylene tanks. For the big heating jobs I grab propane and when I need portability I grab the acetylene tanks.


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Posted April 13, 2013 - 06:58 PM

Well I found a place to exchange my bottles out, the acy bottle was only $15, I thought that was a good deal.
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