Taking a poll. I am wanting to replace my old Bernzomatic torch. I want
one that will handle Mapp as well as Propane for sweating copper. I hear
brands like Goss, Rothenberger, Turbotorch, etc. Which brand and model
seems to be the most reliable. I guess to stay away from self igniting
units is a good idea. I always carry a lighter in my pocket. I think the
hose type units are really convenient but $$$, unless I go with Bernzomatic.
Any feedback. Thanks.
Absolutely, definitely, always go for a self lighting torch. It is safer and
much more efficient. If you have to reach for a lighter every time, you tend
to leave it on between joints, which wastes gas and is dangerous if knocked
over or forgotten about. With trigger ignition, you don't even think about
whether to turn off, you just do it. Great for lighting barbecues, too.
Think about loosing the propane torch and getting an acetylene torch
instead. If you have a Northern store near you drop by. The other day
I noticed that they have started selling gases (acetylene, oxygen,
helium/argon shielding, etc.) Acetylene is the best gas to use for
plumbing. I've had one for about 10 yrs and love it.
Christian McArdle wrote:
Gotta go with Boden on this one. I use the b-tank for everything, unless
it's a small (one or two fitting) job. The heat is more controllable and by
changing tips, can work on a wide range of pipe sizes, or braze if
Home Cheepo has one with a pieze ignitor. Comes with a tank of mapp for $39.
I really lke it. My wholesale parts house has much the same thing, but with
adjustable flame for $65.
I don't like to be fiddling with a lighter or sparker. Just pull the
trigger, adn start soldering.
Mapp is also hot enough for small brazing.
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