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    oxy/acetylene kits sold at home depot

    I was just wondering, i have a torch already just never got the bottles and regulators n' such. I was just curious those small kits they sell at homedepot and such. How long do they typically last?

    I don't have the room, or need for huge bottles since i don't do THAT much cutting that requires a torch, but i'm honestly tired of using cut off wheels to do everything, they throw SO MUCH dust around the shop. The largest i'd cut is 1/4in and thats rare, most of my steel needs are 3/16 and below.
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    Those Kit bottles don't have enough Volume to do any cutting-
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    If you can afford it, id spring for a plasma cutter. A hypertherm 30 is like the top of the line for smaller units, and about 1k off ebay. You can cut thin stuff like sheet, and under 1/8" with a torch, it just kind of sucks.
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    Those baby bottle torches have their place but its not in a shop, even if it is your garage. Good for about 15-25 minutes of cutting at the very best and cost close to what it costs for bottles four times their capacity to refill. If you have a good torch, break down and buy the hose and regulators and rent or buy some decent size bottles. Wouldn't take many refills to come out ahead.
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    thats all i needed to know. As for the plasma cutter, i'd love to have one, but 1k just isn't in the budget. I have 3 80cf argon bottles, 1 150cf and 1 330cf bottle. I'm going to work a deal out with the weld shop to trade them all in for 2 150cf shielding gas bottles, and a oxy/acetylene bottle pair.
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    I tried one,dont bother.I got 5 minutes of heating some rusted bolts.Cant get enough acetylene to cut a few rivets.Called Teledyne for assistance,no response for 3 days.Called again this am finally got a call back from a nasty woman that said a # 2 heating tip is too much for an MC bottle.I asked why do you sell the kit with a tip it cant handle.I have 350 bucks tied up in a torch that wont work..Victor Co wont help with problems Dont buy the Gas Pony or Gas Skill kit,its crap .I got an empty gas bottle from a local dealer, the second was a leaker.I turned brand new bottles, got rusty junk in return.I have not used a torch for 10 years and got crap when I bought one.Cost 50 bucks for acetylene and oxy gen..I am back to grinding rivets to put new spring hangers on my truck.If I can get rid of this lousy oufit Ill buy a 100 buck torch kit from China and get some big bottles.I know the small kits are limited but didnt expect to crapped on by dealers.

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    they are good for jewelers..

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    Don't let anyone tell you that the torch isn't good for cutting thin. A little practice and you can make a perfectly clean cut in 1/16th sheet with a OA torch. It is all about understanding what is happening and respecting the characteristics of the process.

    I would love to have a plasma too, but I find that my OA rig does so much cutting, welding brazing, heating for bending etc. that I am really happy to spend that $1000 on other shop tools or materials instead of a plasma.
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    Re: oxy/acetylene kits sold at home depot

    Quote Originally Posted by claymans13 View Post
    thats all i needed to know. As for the plasma cutter, i'd love to have one, but 1k just isn't in the budget. I have 3 80cf argon bottles, 1 150cf and 1 330cf bottle. I'm going to work a deal out with the weld shop to trade them all in for 2 150cf shielding gas bottles, and a oxy/acetylene bottle pair.
    Try an airgas outlet. They exchanged my o2 cylinder for an inert gas cylinder. Same size and no charge for the cylinder. I made the mistake of ordering an O2 cylinder online instead of inert gas cylinder which has a different valve.
    The guy at the counter said if I need to use the same cylinder, I can get the valves replaced for $30 including testing.

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    Re: oxy/acetylene kits sold at home depot

    Quote Originally Posted by Lanse View Post
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    If you can afford it, id spring for a plasma cutter. A hypertherm 30 is like the top of the line for smaller units, and about 1k off ebay. You can cut thin stuff like sheet, and under 1/8" with a torch, it just kind of sucks.
    They cost $1060 directly from Hypertherm. I know this because I'm waiting for UPS to drop off mine that I ordered Tuesday.

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    I simply cannot justify 1k for a plasma for the amount of cutting i'd use it for. I'd honestly get much more use out of an o/a rig. I'm no newbie with a torch, i just don't own my own personal setup.
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    I hunt cylinders off Craigslist and exchange them. There are ample threads on the subject. Get an oxygen cylinder first and go propane for cutting.

    I tried one,dont bother.I got 5 minutes of heating some rusted bolts.Cant get enough acetylene to cut a few rivets.Called Teledyne for assistance,no response for 3 days.Called again this am finally got a call back from a nasty woman that said a # 2 heating tip is too much for an MC bottle.I asked why do you sell the kit with a tip it cant handle.I have 350 bucks tied up in a torch that wont work..Victor Co wont help with problems Dont buy the Gas Pony or Gas Skill kit,its crap .I got an empty gas bottle from a local dealer, the second was a leaker.I turned brand new bottles, got rusty junk in return.I have not used a torch for 10 years and got crap when I bought one.Cost 50 bucks for acetylene and oxy gen..I am back to grinding rivets to put new spring hangers on my truck.If I can get rid of this lousy oufit Ill buy a 100 buck torch kit from China and get some big bottles.I know the small kits are limited but didnt expect to crapped on by dealers.
    I like the small kits for salvage but I use propane. The Victor kits are rated for propane (I checked with customer service) so you can get a cheap adapter to convert the tote regulator to CGA-510. Then all you need is a propane cutting tip (fine for heating too)
    and you can cut cheap.

    Propane doesn't have the "slosh" hazard of acetylene so it's ideal for bouncing around in a truck on salvage yard runs. The small oxy cylinder will run an #2 cutting tip long enough to be useful, but what I do is fill my small cylinders from my large cylinders using a whip.

    The cheapest way to go is to keep your current set, adapt to propane (about 12 bucks for the adapter) which ALSO fits large CGA-510 acetylene cylinders, get a propane cutting tip (about fifteen bucks, I buy online) and you'd be good to go.

    Your torch isn't defective, so no need to dump it. Your regs work, so no need to dump them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmall View Post
    I hunt cylinders off Craigslist and exchange them. There are ample threads on the subject. Get an oxygen cylinder first and go propane for cutting.



    I like the small kits for salvage but I use propane. The Victor kits are rated for propane (I checked with customer service) so you can get a cheap adapter to convert the tote regulator to CGA-510. Then all you need is a propane cutting tip (fine for heating too)
    and you can cut cheap.

    Propane doesn't have the "slosh" hazard of acetylene so it's ideal for bouncing around in a truck on salvage yard runs. The small oxy cylinder will run an #2 cutting tip long enough to be useful, but what I do is fill my small cylinders from my large cylinders using a whip.

    The cheapest way to go is to keep your current set, adapt to propane (about 12 bucks for the adapter) which ALSO fits large CGA-510 acetylene cylinders, get a propane cutting tip (about fifteen bucks, I buy online) and you'd be good to go.

    Your torch isn't defective, so no need to dump it. Your regs work, so no need to dump them.

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