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  • What do you think of this oxy-acetylene outfit?

    Even after a better look, does this outfit still look to be china-crap? As a second option, I called my local AIRGAS and they recommended a medium duty outfit from Randor by Harris, would this be a good/better setup?

    Hi guys, longtime lurker, first time poster.

    I'm a newbie to say the least, but I've learned a lot perusing this community. I'm a hobbyist looking to buy my first torch outfit. A buddy of mine recently dug this setup out of his garage, which has never been used to the best of his knowledge, and has offered to sell it to me. Like i said, I'm a beginning hobbyist who does some light fabrication. The thickest metal I will need to cut is about an 1 inch thick.

    It kinda looks like China crap, but I really don't know what I'm looking at. Ultimately, will this setup work well enough, or should I pony up a little bit of dough and getting something decent?

    Just wondering if anyone knows anything about this and if what might be reasonable to offer him

    Now Try Clicking on the Pictures

    Last edited by BlackRifle223; 02-18-2009, 06:51 PM. Reason: fixed pictures, new questions

  • #2
    Sorry, but I can't get your pics to expand and my old eyes aren't up to the task of trying to read the details.

    EDIT: Heck with it...if it isn't a name brand, forget it. Spend the money on quality once and it should last you a good long time.
    Last edited by WyoRoy; 02-18-2009, 05:04 PM.
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    • #3
      I'm with wyoroy on this one too! Go brand name, I did and 12 years of mud,snow, rain,freezing cold, regs sliding around on the floor and still holding up! Choose Victor.


      • #4
        Torch Set-up

        I could be wrong, but it looks like my old Harris Torch ?

        .......... Norm
        PS.; My eyes ain't what they used to be !!
        Last edited by nfinch86; 02-18-2009, 05:49 PM.


        • #5
          Pass....that is the harbor freight / tool truck elcheapo set up.... last one I watched a guy use (from a distance) the flame moved back into the head and the tubes were glowing .... a poor head casting / design is why I feel the flame acted like it did...... he tossed the entire thing in the trash after smashing it with a hammer and cutting up the hoses.
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          • #6
            I have Smith stuff that dates from WWII and still works, i'm no expert but i understand it works better than most new stuff. Smith is still made in the USA (if nothing has changed in the last year or 2) and they have an excellent and durable product. I would take a good look at them. As mentioned it will last a life time and it won't blow up in your face.
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            • #7
              I am no expert but I would save up and buy a quality set of Harris torches.There are other good sets out there the Victors are not as good as they used to be acording to Arometalworker(may have his name wrong).Something you could do is find a good name set that needs a rebuild and have them rebuilt this may be cheaper.Arometalworker will likely post when he sees your thread. I would listen to him if I were you he is THE MAN when it comes to oxy fuel welding and cutting.Don't rule out propane if a lot or little cutting is in store for you.
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              • #8
                spend the money on a good quality OA set ..and do it once.. the higher end torches are able to be sent out for rebuilds.. work like new again at a fraction of the cost


                • #9
                  Try a Smith or Oxweld(ESAB)

                  Even some of the cheaper Victor setups are made in China. TSC has a Victor fire power and on the back of the package it clearly states made in CHINA. If your local welding store doesn't have Smith then try ordering one from Cyberweld or one of the other sites. Buy a cutting tip for 1/4" while you are at it.


                  • #10
                    Torch Set-up


                    I took a closer look, No Way is that a Harris set-up !!
                    Cheap Imitation !!

                    ............. Norm


                    • #11
                      Don't do it!!!!!!

                      I ran into a whole pile of these at a harbor frieght return auction and about half of the cutting torches had burned through the tubes.
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                      • #12
                        Torch Set-up

                        Originally posted by metalpuddler View Post
                        I ran into a whole pile of these at a harbor frieght return auction and about half of the cutting torches had burned through the tubes.

                        That's Scarry, Buy Quality Equippment--- Harris--Victor-- Smith-- Etc.,

                        ................... Norm


                        • #13
                          Thank you

                          Thanks a lot for all your input. I truly appreciate you all taking the time to give me a push in the right direction. I'll be going with that Harris unit from airgas.