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Torch set up

Post by E Showell » Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:55 pm

My mechanic will sell me a used "torch" (welding) "with tanks" -- a set up I can use at home. As of now, I don't weld. $150 will do the trick. Worth it? Don't have specs on the gear. Suspect it is fairly priced. He's a good, honest guy and I've been a customer for 15+ years. He likes that I'm not afraid to take stuff on, on my own cars.


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Re: Torch set up

Post by abscate » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:58 am

It’s worth just to fill balloons with oxy and acetylene and touch them off. Cat won’t like that, though.

Make your guy happy, you can always sell later if you get bored with it,

Watch condition of o2 hoses and be careful with that, it’s dangerous if you don’t play nice. Grab manual online,


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Re: Torch set up

Post by Georgeandkira » Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:36 am

As stated above....look for cracked hoses. Also check the date stamped near the tanks' necks.
I forget the inspection timetable for oxygen and acetylene tanks.

Hydrostatic testing may be coming due.
Do yourself a favor-take 'em to the company listed on any sticker you find or simply to the nearest welding supply place for refill. They may take 'em in and swap you "new ones".



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Re: Torch set up

Post by RickHaleParker » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:53 am

Check the test date. Tanks should be tested at least every 10 years if the is a star next to the date, if not then 5 years.

Make sure they are not rental tanks. Rental tanks will have the Rental company's name stamped on the tanks. Most of the time this on the collar at the top of the tank. These tanks are property of the rental company, ownership cannot be transfered. A gas vendor will not refill them, unless they have a contract with the rental company.

Owner cylinders have no name stamped on the collar. Any gas vendor can refill these.

Inspect the cylinders for damage that may compromise the containment integrity. If you understand the dangers of a bursting hot water tank, you understand this.


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Re: Torch set up

Post by abscate » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:41 am

ES' guy 'tony' in Jersey will refill anyones tank - just leave it here and Ill take care of it...


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Re: Torch set up

Post by E Showell » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:52 am

I'm just not sure I need the stuff. I don't know how to weld and I can loosen stuck fasteners with a plumbing torch.


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Re: Torch set up

Post by oragex » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:52 am

It's not often time we get stuck bolts on these cars - when it happens I get my 1/2" ratchet with a 4ft bar

On a Honda it would be a different story..

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Re: Torch set up

Post by veektor » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:19 am

E Showell wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:52 am
I'm just not sure I need the stuff. I don't know how to weld and I can loosen stuck fasteners with a plumbing torch.
I'm on a lookout for a deal on a good torch set up. I've been happy with plumbing torch for the most part, but then I got a towing hitch for my Jeep at the junkyard, which had the receiver and ball rusted stuck. I've been beating on it with a hammer, and heating it mercilessly with my propane torch, but it won't budge. I'm driving with the receiver and ball attached, but I hate the fact I can't switch from 2" ball to 1 7/8" to use with my utility trailer. It desperately needs some acetylene love.



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Re: Torch set up

Post by abscate » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:35 am

I would drive that to a welder and have them do it for you rather than buy a bunch of kit.

Great you tube moment, though, if you attach a chain to a telephone pole and drive away..


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Re: Torch set up

Post by veektor » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:27 pm

abscate wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:35 am
I would drive that to a welder and have them do it for you rather than buy a bunch of kit.

Great you tube moment, though, if you attach a chain to a telephone pole and drive away..
Sound advice, but I may just be looking for an excuse to expand my tool collection.

I didn't mention that my Jeep is XJ/Cherokee, with [very rusty] unibody frame. If I tried the chain and pole approach, my whole rear end would probably detach from the vehicle.



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