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New torches??

Discussion in 'Tools and Test Equip' started by Pfeifer, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. flange

    flange Act like you care and do SOMETHING!!

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    probably true, but they are nice little machines and can sometimes be found in going out of business sales and second hand. Being a UA member, I am used ot contractor supplying everything, but not all contractors are that nice. Some guys buy everything themselves. In that case, in my opinion, its better to buy a good used tool, then a cheap new one.
     
  2. 22blood

    22blood red wire nuts only

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    I say anything that can regulate 5 and 20 psi. Pretty simple tool
     
  3. NZ All Blacks Fan

    NZ All Blacks Fan Just Another swinging Dick

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    turbo torch - get the self lighting tip its extra( you will love it) - it does 99% of what I work on - then get a tiny tip for tiny close pipe and get the other tip about the size of your thumb - it will cover you for almost anything - unless you are soldering 3 inch+ copper pipe
     
  4. Daryl_Dixon

    Daryl_Dixon New Member

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    I started out with a turbo torch when I got into commercial work. I switched to oxy-acet after living through my first txv changeout. I will admit brazing is a skill deficit of mine - only due to lack of needing to do it often enough. I'm good with copper to copper, but when you mix it up and start brazing to compressor ports or txv's, etc, I struggle. I could not get enough heat with the turbo torch. Probably user error. Maybe I rose bud tip changes that?
     
  5. LemonWizard

    LemonWizard Blinky Lights Wizard

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    On the topic of dual tips they seem really scammy according to some guys I know that tried them. They chew through gas with no real benefit; even on larger pipe you're better off with a rosebud.
     
  6. mike1020

    mike1020 entitled millennial

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    I've had the same experience.
     
  7. NZ All Blacks Fan

    NZ All Blacks Fan Just Another swinging Dick

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    reversing valves are as bad or worse than txvs

    the biggest issue guys run into is being afraid to use the heat - they use small tip spend way too much time heating shiat up and fuking stuff - I use wet rags - have squirt bottle handy and a good sized tip with lots of gas flow - I solder shiat up quick with good penetration ( kids don't heat shiat up enough - them valves can take more heat than you think ) mirror check then spray with water to cool off.
    I suggest you use this tip you cant go wrong - turn up the pressure all the way on the tank valve

    https://www.amazon.com/TurboTorch-0386-0819-PL-8A-Acetylene-Lighting/dp/B000NO6VWY

    the top two has a pressure adjustment turn it up all the way get some heat into the copper ( you should put in ear plugs )

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_...dustrial&field-keywords=turbo+torch+regulator
     
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  8. 4x4Freak

    4x4Freak New Member

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    I haven't tried any of the dual tips, but I did buy a hook tip and it is pretty much useless. The biggest issue is trying not to get it against the pipe and put out the flame.
     
  9. otto

    otto Bakery Chef

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    Still love my Smith Little Torches and all the heads that come with the set.