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  • Best and Safest Oxy Torch?

    Greetings,

    I was wondering what you guys though was the best and safest oxy torch setup for work in the garage. I dont especially want to burn down my house or go in for skin grafts.

    -- Robert

  • #2
    any quality name brand torch set would be good choice (victor, smith, harris) is perfectly safe if used properly. I would personally avoid the off brand torches that are marketed as "harris type" or "victor type". I've used harris for years, but I recently converted to victor, just because it's the more popular torch, and it's easier to borrow a tip if you need one!
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    • #3
      victor

      i use a victor and am very pleased.
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      • #4
        Its usually not the equipment you have to worry about, Its the operator!
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        • #5
          I guess the safest one would be the one that never gets used. Pipelayer is right on its not the torch thats going to get you in trouble its how and where you use it. Any torch can burn down a cluttered building or a spark can smolder for hours then finally deceide to make a nice fire. So you have to be careful too how you use the tools...Bob
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          • #6
            I do a lot of oxy-acetylene safety seminars for customers and students. As of operating on a daily basis, I have not. I do agree I worry more about the operator than the brand & I also agree to stick with a brand name torch. However, I have also seen many oxy-acetylene seminars from suppliers and I would recommend Smith Equipment. Smith is the only company I have seen that will start a flash back, let it run for awhile, put it out & start it right back up.

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            • #7
              I agree this is a good place to spend up a few dollars for brand name. You can get a decent torch set for little above 200$, makes sense when the clone off brands are in the 130 range. Size of the bottles is crucial, personally a 125/140 setup. For light work a small tip is worth the investment.

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              • #8
                Harris !!

                I agree any torch is Dangerous if used in an Unsafe manner !
                I also hear many good things about Smith Torch set-ups.
                My prefference is and has been Harris Torch & Regs.

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                • #9
                  OXY-Fuel torch

                  I use Victor. Like it, easy tip availability from LWS. But buy one with a fire extinguisher and some one who isn't cutting to watch if there's any chance you could start something else aflame.
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                  • #10
                    Just about any torch set of good quality would fit your needs.

                    Just about any torch set of good quality can burn your house down & send you for skin grafts.

                    Operator error accounts for almost ALL Oxy/Ace related accidents.

                    That said, Victor makes very nice equipment & I use Airco regulators almost exclusively. As far as the bigger names go (Harris, Victor, Smith) all are of comperable quality. I like Victor best, JMHO.

                    Being you are new to this, you may want to pick up a refference book outlining basic safety procedures, get a sutibly sized fire extinguisher & perhaps a demo from a knowledgeable individual who can give you some basic hands on training first. If the LWS can't provide you a simple demo & some basic safety, they shouldn't be selling the equipment.


                    Cylinder selection should be based on needs, the equipment they are being used with & your budget. Many individuals get smaller tanks then attempt large cutting & heating, overdrawing the smaller Ace cylinder creating a very dangerous situation, not to mention trashing your regulator.

                    That's a good way to trip the light fantastic... Permanently.

                    Be safe.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 7A749 View Post
                      Just about any torch set of good quality would fit your needs.

                      Just about any torch set of good quality can burn your house down & send you for skin grafts.

                      Operator error accounts for almost ALL Oxy/Ace related accidents.

                      That said, Victor makes very nice equipment & I use Airco regulators almost exclusively. As far as the bigger names go (Harris, Victor, Smith) all are of comperable quality. I like Victor best, JMHO.

                      Being you are new to this, you may want to pick up a refference book outlining basic safety procedures, get a sutibly sized fire extinguisher & perhaps a demo from a knowledgeable individual who can give you some basic hands on training first. If the LWS can't provide you a simple demo & some basic safety, they shouldn't be selling the equipment.


                      Cylinder selection should be based on needs, the equipment they are being used with & your budget. Many individuals get smaller tanks then attempt large cutting & heating, overdrawing the smaller Ace cylinder creating a very dangerous situation, not to mention trashing your regulator.

                      That's a good way to trip the light fantastic... Permanently.

                      Be safe.
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                      • #12
                        Why, thank you Norm!

                        No sense seeing someone blow themselves up. Another member who tends to tell it like he sees it makes a very good point in illustrating how any Tom, Rick, or Harry can buy Oxy/Ace equipment that can quickly kill you & others with absoultely no training what so ever, but to buy & use cylinders used in diving equipment, you need certification, training etc.

                        The first set of torches I bought, back when I was a kid I didn't know how to use. I'm lucky I never hurt myself or someone else. I ended up going to the Comm Coll, where I got the full gambit on torches & torch safety.

                        I would always suggest, at the very least, a comprehensive book such as Union Carbide's Oxy-Acetylene Handbook. Seen them on ebay, I have a few of them. They can be had for next to nothing & are a great refference. See far too many aspiring welders go out & buy a set of torches they have no idea how to use. At least a book like this gives some basic information & safety.

                        IMHO, of course!
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                        • #13
                          Safety....

                          The most dangerous part of oxygen or Act is the bottle, not the torch!! Be sure the torch is turned off, plus the bottles are turned off. Be sure the bottle are chained in the torch cart. Better yet if the torch is used infrequently, remove the regulator and screw the top back on the bottle. I would think the danger in the torch would be if the torch was left on, and the gas cylinder emptied in a confimed space, or a bottle being knocked down and turned into a missle. Before when I was young and stupid I used a backhoe to knock the gas valve off a Oxy tank, thus turning it into a missle. That thing crashed through a 6" cement wall until it came to a spinning stop. After that I had a new respect for cylinders!!
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                          • #14
                            if all else fails...

                            Something I learned from my shop teacher, I will never forget..

                            Very silly, but very serious..

                            A tidy little poem:

                            A before O
                            or up you go...

                            turn on ace first/shut it off first..
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                            • #15
                              A/o

                              I was also told this. It helps keep the soot down as well when you shut the torch off.

                              I love electricity too. especially when I lean up against the fabrication and it passes through the rivets on my Carharts on its way through my body!
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