I am trying to decide between the BernzoMatic TS3000 & TS4000.
The 4000 seems much more convenient it turns on and off automatically
and it can use both propane and MAPP gases. The problem is you cannot
regulate the flame. I've never had a torch that you could not
regulate the flame. I use it for general purpose projects and it
seems like I need to adjust the flame to the purpose. Maybe not. I
also use a torch with various tips -- soldering, blow torch tip, paint
removal (flame spreader). What do you think about this issue -- how
important is the ability to adjust the flame?
Not sure how useful an adjustable flame is, but the BernzOmatic TS7000
is essentially the TS4000 with adjustable flame. It's about another $15,
but harder to find - you might have to order it over the Web.
I use my TS4000 with MAPP for everything from soldering plumbing to
starting charcoal to crusting creme brulee and have never found any need
for an adjustable flame, or to use propane. You just vary the torch
distance from the target to control the heat input. The MAPP tanks last
so long that the slight gas savings you might get from throttling the
flame is pretty much irrelevant.
There are better tools for both those tasks. Heavy soldering should be
done with an electric iron or gun generally and the handheld IR paint
strippers or vacuum attached power sander type strippers are better.
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