Joy, I am having some problem visualizing how you are using the
Little Torch! I have had the same torch for, let me see now, this is
my second one…had the firstsomewhere around 15 years and lost it
in moving, and the second is now in its 20th year or so. And I can’t
remember when I last bought a new tip, although once or twice I have
tweeked an orifice or two. Limitations? Well, unless you are making
items in the 50-60mm range the LT should do just fine. What size are
you working? What metal(s) are you working? What is the primary tip
size you are using? Are you casting or soldering (brazing)? I often
make huge belt buckles in silver and solder them with the LT. Other
than small lots, I do not cast with it though the rose bud tip will
do up to around a Troy oz. In fact, I do about 90% of my work with
the LT. Frankly, there ain’t much that can be replaced on a LT except
the tip and hoses. True, hoses should be replaced periodically anyway
as they tend to harden and can easily crack…but thats true of any
Re the Smith gas/air torch I have one on my bench as well and, do use
it on occasion to anneal or melt large quantities of metal. I also
have a VERY old Victor torch available but hardly use it any
more…no particular reason except I only have one tip for it.
Meanwhile, we have 4 Smiths at the school studio and everyone has to
learn to solder with them. Some do very large items, others do small
intricate stuff. I believe its all in the technique (not that yours
may not be good technique) but its what one gets used to.
Never used a Gentech though some of my students have bought them. I
would say six of one, half dozen of another. They aren’t that much
different IMHO! Now, if you go for a MECO or something similar, that
would be a different story. My very first torch was a gasoline fed
torch with air from a foot bellows covered with a piece of truck
inner tube. Try pumping that damn bellows while soldering prongs!
Thats what my Chinese teacher taught me to use and the stuff he (not
me) made was fabulous Unfortunately, everyone uses their equipment
differently but experience tells me most tools of this nature are
made to last a very long time.
Just my opinion and others may disagree. Cheers from Don in SOFL.