It'll take a bit of getting used to after your huge torch, but
Actually, the big one is SO unwieldy and heavy, that I’ve gone back
to the handheld butane torch until I get the Little Torch, so
hopefully the learning curve won’t be so great. I’m sure I’ll still
be melting things all over the place at first though - just as I was
with the big one. How frustrating that is! My big torch was a stupid
purchase as it is clearly made for some big burly bloke (sorry for
sounding sexist!) to do welding with, but the torch bit wasn’t
expensive, just the regulators and flashback arrestors and I can use
them for the Little Torch. Thanks for the recommendation Jane.
To Don, Laura and John D, thanks also for your recommendations.
I also had a recommendation from RE Rourke that Gentec torches are
better and for less money. I wasn’t able to find them in the UK but
found one in the US but it was a little more expensive than the best
price I’ve found the Little Torch for. I’ll look further and see if
I can find one at a good price. The Seivert was also recommended from
Cookson’s, but it is just a fuel and atmospheric air torch rather
than the oxy/propane that I’m looking for and it looks much bigger
than the Little Torch too.
Our own Mr James Miller also uses the Little Torch and has done for
over thirty years and he highly recommends it. I think (as does
hubby) that it will actually fit into my arsenal of flame throwers
rather well and suit the majority of work that I want to do with it.
If I want to solder platinum or palladium, it will more than likely
do it anyway, but if not, then I have the big bruiser of a torch
which happily solders at those temperatures, having successfully
soldered a palladium ring for hubby for Christmas.
Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to reply to my questions.