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Old 11-03-2009, 11:19 PM
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I need some input from the SFT Gurus. I ordered a rebuilt Victor ST2600FC cutting torch through Evilbay. A $110.00 buy it now deal.
I'm also going to make the switch to Propane versus Acetylene (Part of my ongoing effort to ditch Airgas) I need tips for the new torch. Genuine Victor seem to run around $15. Victor "style" are going for $10 or less. Anyone have experience with the generic tips? I would like to save 1/3 if they are decent tips. But, I don't want to end up with crap that will need to be replaced in short order. I used the 2 piece Victor series 1 MAPP tips in the fab shop years ago. The propane tips appear to be real similar.
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Old 11-04-2009, 11:34 AM
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Hey Trash,

I have bought some of the Victor style tips for my Victor Journeyman and I can't tell any difference so far. I have only used the largest one I got so this may not be the best example of how well they compare because the smaller sized ones may be a little fussier at achieving a finer cut. Also, when I used the large tip it was for scrapping out some heavier material so I was not too concerned about the quality of the cut.

As for Airgas, I am with you there. In the last 3 months I have returned several cylinders I leased because I am tired of paying their crazy gas prices. The price seemed like it increased every time I got refills. Then, even though I returned the cylinders before the end of the lease, 3 times they sent me a $22.44 bill stating I owed that for a return handling fee (or something like that). Each time I confronted them about it she said it was a billing error, and they removed the charges from my account. I wonder how many people get that same "billing error" and end up paying it without noticing it. I don't know about your local Airgas, but the one around here does not stock much besides the most very basic supplies, and that isn't always a given. Several times I have had to wait for the replacement shields for my Speedglas hood, common mig contact tips, mig wire that is not their Chinese made house brand junk, etc. With all the empty shelf space it would make a person think they are getting ready to shut the doors........yep, I am about done with them, and the smaller LWS will be getting all of my business pretty soon.
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Old 11-04-2009, 11:56 AM
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I don't know what type you need, but here's some Victors for $10.

http://www.weldingmart.com/Qstore/c000188.htm

Here's some for 12.50 delivered ($25.min order)

http://store.cyberweld.com/viwecureti.html
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:43 PM
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I found a seller on Evil-Bay offering both versions of Victor tips. So I ordered a couple Genuine Victor in 000 size and "Victor Style" in a size 1 The pricing was good and I will get to do a little side by side comparison albeit on a little different range of metal thickness. I'll pick up a size 3 or 5 later for "Rip, Tear, and Pillage" mode. I have old set of big Airco regulators I want to send in to be checked out/rebuilt. That will be better suited to feed big tips and rosebuds than what I have on my rig now.
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