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Offline fflintstone

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Do you need cutting torches?
« on: March 10, 2011, 05:30:27 PM »
Assume for a moment you lost all welding equipment in a fire except for a small tank setup.
Pretend you were hoping for decent money from insurance.
If you replace your plasma cutter that was purchased recently, do you really think you need an industrial sized torch set up?
What Mig and or Tig welder would you buy?
Pretend you prefer red over blue but would always go for the best value.
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Do you need cutting torches?
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Re: Do you need cutting torches?
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2011, 06:26:04 PM »
nothing beats the rose bud tip  for getting the iron hot enough to shape steel or heat two parts up to a cherry red for disassembly.  i often wish a had a second torch so i could really go to town with the heat. i don't know of any other tool that does that as well. i doubt if those really small sets  have the umph to do that. i am talking about the portable sets that can be bought in many places that come with  unfilled tanks. i don't have a plasma. it is a want list but i don't chop up that much new iron so i get by with the chop saw and torch. i did just by a miller 211 about the first of the year. i liked it's ability to run on either 110 or 220 since i don't have 220 in every location. it seems to do what i need and i still have my big old stick welder if i need it.
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Re: Do you need cutting torches?
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2011, 07:50:39 PM »
I always wanted a rosebud tip but my torch was a dedicated Victor cutting torch without interchangeable tips. It was about 3 foot long and it was the only thing I had to heat up steel to bend. I used both oxy/acetylene sets mainly to heat up stubborn bolts.
Given the cost of new and the relative frequency of sets on CL, I will most likely buy a used torch set.
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Re: Do you need cutting torches?
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2011, 11:21:55 PM »
I agree with everything that AP said -- except for the Smith commercial  :lol2:

A good 20-30 year old craftsman 2 stage setup made by Harris or AIRCO is a bargain. Also don't neglect older Purox or Oxweld systems -- also good values.

You can function without an O/A outfit, but it makes life a whole lot more difficult. If I had to choose between all my welders and plasma cutting equipment I'd make sure that the one piece of equipment that stays in the shop is the O/A rig. Everything else is a luxury --

EDIT -- I didn't mention Victor because it's way to finicky for me -- always has been, and that is a personal prejudice. I hate Victor equipment.


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Re: Do you need cutting torches?
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2011, 12:05:56 AM »
But Victors can be so much fun! Just brush them and it'll take at least 15 minutes to get the adjustment back close.
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Re: Do you need cutting torches?
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2011, 12:35:40 AM »
That takes all the fun out of sitting on the edge of the walkway over the college sidewalks in the summer.
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Re: Do you need cutting torches?
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2011, 11:53:04 PM »
I was a good gas welder in high school, I received some free basic Tig lessons a year ago and the instructor said, “I have never seen someone do so well right from the start”. Out here every farmer has an Ac buzz box, but if I can do good Tig work, I may be able to one day make a little extra cash.
I never use torches for welding, mainly just heating or in the past, cutting. I love the precision of the plasma cutter over the blue tipped wrench. I have used propane for cutting; my farmer neighbor has the set up. I also used the gas powered cut saw I HAD for cutting stuff up as well.
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Re: Do you need cutting torches?
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2011, 05:12:48 AM »
Farming country? Find someone to teach you cast work. Most people can't do it at all anymore.
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Re: Do you need cutting torches?
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2011, 01:18:05 PM »
true I've known three shops that could do it. Unfortunately those guys have passed on. The guys any more have trouble connecting two pieces of carbon steel.
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