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Old 08-25-2009, 05:36 PM
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Default Anyone ever use one of these torchs?

Are the torches at all ok? I Just would like one so I wouldn't have to worry about messing up my good torch and for a spare one. Any comments?

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Old 08-25-2009, 05:47 PM
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What could you possibly mess up on your good torch? A tip? I have been using the same torch for about 25 years. It was my dads, and it was the first torch I ever used. I have used it prfessionally for 6 years and as a hobbyist for the years prior to that. Use your good one and enjoy it.
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:52 PM
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A good set of back fire aressters will cost at least that much then your up to $100 for the torch. I never run a torch w/o arresters, had a victor almost melt in my hand when I was younger. $50 well spent.
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:28 PM
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What could you possibly mess up on your good torch? A tip? I have been using the same torch for about 25 years. It was my dads, and it was the first torch I ever used. I have used it prfessionally for 6 years and as a hobbyist for the years prior to that. Use your good one and enjoy it.
Ditto, minus the spelling. lol
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Migwelder05, I have a Smith torch that was new in 1965, I have used it ever since.

I have two other Smith Torches as well. One is probadly as old or older than my first torch and it is the same model as well. The other one is a old, old Smith that is a cutting torch only.

The only thing that has ever been needed was replacement O-rings, seal/seat replacements on Oxy and Fuel gas valves. And replaced a cutting tip also. Can not remember exactly why on the cutting tip. Overheated it or ??
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On the other hand, you could use that HF torch as a loaner to those who want to borrow a cutting torch. That would be a good use for it.
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The only person I seen ruin a good torch or torch parts with any regularity, was the kid I had as a helper in the late 80s. We were doing a job, and his part was to cut 1" holes in a 1/2" steel plate, he would cut the circle, then using the torch as a hammer, try to drive the molten slug out of the hole. As it was still lit, so it was 1-2 holes, a new tip, 1-2 holes a new tip. After he had installed about the fourth new tip in the first 15 minutes, I slapped him upside the head, and told him to stop that. About 2 minutes later he did it again, we were working about 15 miles from the shop, I called the supervisor and told him to come get the kid before I killed him. When he arrived I gave him all of the ruined tips, mangled head assembly and said, he needed to replace them, before I could continue. That was almost 20 years ago, I'm still using the tips they gave me as replacements.

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Old 08-25-2009, 10:51 PM
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These are all good points. I guess im still treating it like a new tool.
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On the other hand, you could use that HF torch as a loaner to those who want to borrow a cutting torch. That would be a good use for it.
Back when I was a kid and an aspiring mechanic and fabricator, I had a set of small torches and tanks. A "freind" knocked on my door at 5am on a Sunday asking me to cut off a trailer hitch bolt so they could get their fishing boat in the water. Not expecting to be charged ($10), my "freind" claimed he would "pay me later" but I never received payment. But he never asked to use the torches again...
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I have heard good things about this set
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=92496


IF its the same torch I would say you would be ok.
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