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Torch Recommendations for Crafts Center


#1

Hello friends,

I am planning to buy and donate a torch to the Crafts Center Jewelry
Studio.

They are in the midst/again, switch away from Acetylene. The first
try at Compressed Art/Natural Gas, did not work as we are too far
downstream from the source of the Natural Gas, and the reduced
pressure did not allow for adequate heat for melting.

The in process switch now, is to Oxygen/Natural Gas. We currently
have one high heat torch from Otto Frei, but that one was bulky and
unyielding in the hands, as well as rather uncomfortable and
inflexible.

I plan on buying and donating the second torch, and would prefer
something far more comfortable to use. What recommendations have
you? Please not so rigid hoses.

What well designed, for both male and female hands torches are
there?

Thanks and Hugs,
Terrie


#2
What well designed, for both male and female hands torches are
there? 

Meco Midget! Revere Academy uses this combo (I use mine with oxy &
propane). Hoke, also, but I prefer Meco.

Noel


#3
Meco Midget! Revere Academy uses this combo (I use mine with oxy &
propane). Hoke, also, but I prefer Meco. 

Yep, the workhorse of the industry. Biggest flame is no tip, just
the tubing (works fine) which is pretty big. Comfortable, easy to
use, reliable, dependable - on and on and on. Not really to rave,
but it’s a good, solid torch.

http://www.donivanandmaggiora.com


#4

Hi Teresa:

At the Wake Center, we use little Victor torches that look like
small welding torches. They run on NG+O2. They work just fine, and
hold up well. They’ve got small single orifice tips, as well as
larger rosebud type tips for annealing. They’ve stood up to years of
beginners with no major complaints. (You can get them at your local
welding supply. Ask for the smallest Victor torch body that isn’t the
’mini’ clone.

If you’re far enough downstream from your NG source, you can get NG
compressors that’ll boost your final pressure. (They trade volume for
pressure, so depending on your flow situation, you may not have
enough flow volume to feed it either, but it’s also a thing to look
into.)

Regards,
Brian Meek.


#5

Greetings Orchid,

I have been remiss in not passing on how happy I have been with my
new torch from Planert Jewelry. It is the German made Micro Welding
Torch. I am able to do plat work Sooooo much easier with the
capability of my O2 at 40- 50 psi The torch also works great with
all of the tips for Gold and the second neck piece allows me to melt
small amounts of Plat for fabrication. I simply Love the torch. One
of my favorite tools since I started my new shop. Could not be
happier.

Gasshop
Karl