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Is the EZ Torch or Shark torch good for a beginner?


#1

Hi everybody, I was reading an old thread in the archives about the
EZ Torch or Shark Torch. Was just wondering if you feel this is an
appropriate beginners torch for a beginner.

I won’t be doing anything fancy with it but can forsee myself
working on soldering silver and gold findings or making a bezel
setting for a cabochon and soldering jump rings.

I understand that you can’t fine tune the flame as much as a more
expensive torch. Would this make it difficult to use?

Can you use MAPP gas with it?

Would be especially interested to hear from Noel who recently
purchased one!

Thanks,
Dan T.


#2
    Would be especially interested to hear from Noel who recently
purchased one! 

Hi, Dan, Yes, I did purchase one, but I haven’t actually used it
yet. I’ve been so busy getting ready for ACC Chicago that I didn’t
have time to experiment. I hope to hook it up soon. Sorry-- not much
help! Noel


#3

The Shark torch sounds great for portable situations. Where can I
get more and where can I buy one? Thanks-Irv B


#4
The Shark torch sounds great for portable situations. Where can I
get more and where can I buy one? Thanks-Irv B 

Hi Irv,

I’ve only found two places where you can getem. One is Frei and
Borel. They call it the EZ-Torch. I found a guy on eBay that also
sells them. Here is an eBay item number for a current auction he’s
running.: 2632303928 . Just enter that number in the eBay search box
and it should pull up the auction. Starting bid is $45 with a “buy it
now” option of $70. I’ve never dealt with the seller but he’s got a
good feedback rating so I wouldn’t be afraid of purchasing from him.

The Shark or EZ torch comes either with a regulator designed for
disposable propane tanks or large refillable propane tanks. You can
purchase an additional regulator separately.

I am going to buy my first torch. It will either be the Shark-EZ or
a Smith SilverSmith torch kit designed for disposable tanks. I am
leaning toward the Smith. It is a better torch. Disadvantage is that
it is almost twice as expensive and only comes with one tip.
Additional tips cost around $28 i think. Nice thing about the Smith
torch though is that you can use the handle with Acetylene which I
plan on using sometime in the future.

Regards, from SW Pa. where my hybrid dogwoods are blooming like
crazy!!

Dan T.


#5
   I've only found two places where you can getem. One is Frei and
Borel. They call it the EZ-Torch. I found a guy on eBay that also
sells them. 

I bought mine from Kent’s Tools a couple of years ago
(www.kentstools.com). I remember someone looking for this torch a
year or two ago and getting several responses; the archives should
offer several other sources for it. Linda in MA, where spring has
finally arrived