As the manufacturer of the G-TEC Torch Booster system I want to
comment on Walt Teats’ recent comments because his experience was in
the 1990’s, before the present ownership of G-TEC, and does not
reflect what you should expect from our products today.
It sounds like his unit may have needed repair because today’s
system is almost silent and most of our customers install them right
next to their benches: see photo at lower right
The compressor used in our units is the same kind of compressor you
find in a refrigerator or freezer in your home, and it makes the same
amount of noise.
We have a YouTube video of our Torch Boosters posted at
and at the 1:44 mark the unit is turned on so you can listen for
yourself. This video is aimed at our industrial customers so we talk
about cutting steel plate, not jewelry-that video is coming, but the
Booster is the same, and quiet!
As for flex pipe, we include a 5’ hose to connect your unit to the
gas pipe…in fact yellow flex hose is not recommended.
I am not sure about the local rules in Great Falls but across the US
and Canada we have never had anything but an ordinary plumber install
our Torch Boosters with threaded, not welded, pipe (in Canada the
plumber must also be licensed as a “gasfitter” but this applies to
any natural gas appliance from stoves to hot water heaters to ovens,
etc). This applies to installations in commercial buildings as well
as home studios. Our Torch Boosters are installed in shopping malls
as well as buildings that prohibit acetylene or propane in cylinders.
In the Los Angeles Jewelry District, where bottle acetylene and
propane are not allowed, G-TEC Torch Boosters are welcomed in any
In NYC (and nobody has more rules and regulations than NYC) jewelers
wanting to connect their torches to the city gas pipe are required to
have at least 5 pounds of pressure and G-TEC systems are approved by
both the Fire Department and Department of Buildings as a means to
get the required pressure. In this case, with 5 psi gas flow, any
licensed plumber can do the installation.
New owners acquired G-TEC in late 1999 and shortly after that the
entire product line was redesigned for better performance, longer
system life and easier use. It sounds like Walt’s experience was with
an old machine that needed repair, and that is not what you should
expect from a G-TEC Torch Booster today.
A G-TEC Torch Booster allows you to use clean, inexpensive natural
gas safely by raising pressure enough so that OSHA/Fire Code required
flashback arrestors will work on your torch, and you’ll never run out