I managed to buy myself a early Christmas present this week. I found a Oxy Acetylene rig for sale with a set of customer owned bottles. The cylinders are a 125 Oxy and 145 Acetylene. The torch handle is a Harris 1000 and may be OK but the regulators (Firepower 150's) are well abused and the gauges are all mashed up and the hoses need replaced but for the price of the package I can't complain at all, I know what the tanks cost.
So basically I started to shop for a new torch outfit rather than try to fix what I have and piece it together (I also need tips etc). I don't want cheap junk I want something brand name but I don't want to spend a fortune either. I was thinking of a Victor Performer which includes Victor's ESS3 Edge Series Medium Duty Regulators and a 100FC Torch Handle and grade T hoses (priced at about $220). But it is quite a bit more money than the Victor Firepower Medium Duty set that includes the 250 Medium Duty Regulators and a WH270FC-FS Torch handle (Priced at $160). What I don't know is how much difference is there between those two torch handles? I'm guessing the 100FC is more main stream (better parts support). I also saw a Smith priced pretty good and I know Smith is great equipment but I don't know what kind of tips a Smith uses. I know I can get the victor tips locally even on weekends. That is important to me as most of my work is weekend stuff. So I'm open to suggestions.
Also of interest is the tip size. It would appear by using a 145 tank if I apply the 1/10th run for burn rate I could use a tip that would consume 14.5 SCFH or less correct? That would translate into a maximum of a #1 cutting tip (3/4" capacity) which is all I could possibly ever what to do. Mostly it will be 3/8" or less maybe the occasional 1/2 inch stuff. Still trying to find a chart to see how big of a rosebud I could run, I know those are gas hungry.
So guys let me know what you think. I also have a birthday coming up and a new outfit may be coming my way.
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