The new single stage acetylene regulator I was having problems with
was made by Victor. When I returned it to my local welders' supply
place, where I had purchased it, I was told the problems I was
experiencing were the result of a "bad valve seat", ie., a tiny
piece of trash or a metal shaving preventing the valve between the
tank and the regulator from sealing properly. They replaced it with
no problems, other than the hour I had to shut down production to
drive across town and back.
BTW, I had my old Smith MC acetylene reg in use for 15 years with no
problems until the diaphram began to deteriorate this spring. I
bought the Victor to use while the old faithful Smith was cleaned
and repared (about 2/3 the price of a new unit). At least this way,
I'll have a back-up.
This community is such a wonderful resource - plus seeing other
folks' benches has helped me realize mine isn't so bad after all!
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