Dear R. E. Rourke:
Thank you for your posting. I manage North American operations for
Spirig, the maker of the Spirflame[tm]. I would like to make a
couple of corrections.
i have a hydroflux welder, and have used the spiritflame..It is
not for beginners
Approximately, one-third of our jewelry customers in North America
who have purchased Spirflames[tm] are absolute beginners.
Approximately 50 percent, are installed in homes or apartments. A
good number of these customers, we have taught basic soldering to at
the time of purchase. In fact, due to ease of use and the extensive
safety systems, a Spirflame[tm] is the perfect system for beginners.
Unless the beginner is doing forging, larger hollowware pieces, or
casting, a Spirflame[tm] Karat 250 will handle all of their needs
for many, many, years. Some the finest most experienced jewelers,
goldsmiths, and firms in the world are also our customers.
a water torch, and the maintenance required is extensive relative
to oxy/fuel torches or air/fuel models.
The maintenance on a Spirflame[tm] is minimal. Due to design
features, less than any other water fueled torch, period. Add
distilled water when needed. Cleaning, rinsing the separate booster
tanks and exchanging a hand piece filter which is then soaked
overnight in water. A ten minute task total, only once a week at the
worst. Once a year, or 2,000 hours of operation (Spirflames[tm] have
an hour meter) chemicals are exchanged, a fifteen minute process, at
worst. We also supply Spirflame[tm] gas to many sophisticated
automated assembly lines. In fact, we are the only unit which can run
24 hours a day, 7 days a week without any maintenance, and do so in
many locations. There are a num ber of examples where we have been
selected specifically due to the minimal maintenance required when
directly compared to bottled gases. Flame accuracy, precise
temperature, low operating cost, and safety are
other reasons we are chosen. We have a good number of jewelers with
old units which were not treated kindly (understatement), and are
still running well and happy, all around the world, not just in
America. Are you sure it was a Spirflame[tm] (not spiritflame) you
used? Can I ask where?
Gary W. Miller