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oxy/acetylene torch info

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by K5Chris, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. K5Chris

    K5Chris 1/2 ton status

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    i got this oxy/acetylene torch setup from my grandpa for free. it appears the only things i dont have are the tanks.... this set is pretty old and i dont know a whole lot about it. the torch handle, regulator knobs, and fittings all looks anodized. is this set any good? whats it worth? it was used, but doesnt look like it was used much.... almost looks new. whats it usually cost to get small oxy/acetylene tanks? anything i should do before using it? its been sitting for a long time.

    Marquette Star Jet
    SA 795 on the gauges
    21-110 on the torch

    also have a couple test gauges that dont appear to have come in the set. what would these be for?
    Marsh Instrument Company
    test gauge type 28
    one is 0-100
    one is 0-300

    torch 001a.jpg

    torch 002a.jpg

    torch 004a.jpg
     
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    1-ton 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Looks good to me. It really does not matter if they are old...as long as they work because oxy/acetylene welding technology has not changed in the last 100 years. You might want to get new hoses. If they are really old, they might be dry rotted. New tanks are about $80 a piece empty. You can probably get smaller tanks for less, but small tanks run out real fast. Filling them is about another $20 to $30 or so. I do not know what the those other gauges are for.
     
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    Be sure that you have arrestors on the torch. Better safe than sorry
     
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    the only thing I see missing are the spark arrestors...

    Rene
     
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    also if you dont want to run out on a sat night or sunday and have no gas. then get 2 oxy bottles. you go threw 2 bottles of oxy to 1 of acetlyn.
     
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    That really depends on bottle size and what you're doing. We usually run through 5-7 bottles of O2 to every bottle of acetylene.

    Rene
     
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    What are the arrestors? What do they look like?
     
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    I SECOND THAT QUESTION
     
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    They're a check valve the goes btwn the hose and the torch body or the hose and the regulator. Small, usually hex shaped part about 3/4"
     
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    Like this
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    Most newer torches come with them built in.
     
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    muscle 1/2 ton status

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    sorry im fixing to buy a torch rig too... what do the arrestors do exactly?
     
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    They keep you alive. :D

    They prevent a pop from going backwards through the hoses and into the tank and making a big explosion.
     
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    ok definately want to have those :D
     
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    thanks for the info. :D
     
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    There's a small family torch repair business locally. I sorta' collect torches, and always bring my used junk to this fello. He opens 'em up, changes, corrects and sandblasts (fine grit) to perfection. Because of cheap imports, price is low.
    I'm sure there's a local place, but if you're interested... Name; Plattsburgh Gauge, (sorry, no web presence), they also maintain and repair our complexes fire extuinguishers, all legal and stuff. They do most of the local "corporate" welding co's repairs.
    Marquette disappeared from the scene years ago, but I recocnize the regulators, re-labeled? Otherwise, partz are non-existant.
     
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