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Old October 4th, 2011, 08:10 PM   #1
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i have just acquired oxy-acetylene bottles from a friend and am now in need of regulators, hose and cutting torches. looking for opinions on what is the best bang for the buck setup i can get. HF sells 12ft of hose, 2 regulators, cutting torch head and brazing head for 129.99. thats not a bad price but it's still HF stuff. are there any package deals with better components for a similar price? if so where can i get them? i'm really not looking to spend more then 200 bucks, but if i have to in order to get components that will last i guess i don't have a choice.
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I bought my stuff at TSC. I don't know if they are considered good or bad but they work for me. They were priced competitively when I bought them. No idea about now.
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TSC or any similar Farm and Home stores usually carry an entry level torch set-up. IIRC a Victor set-up runs around $240 though, but the quality would make it worth waiting a couple weeks til you can afford the extra cash.

You might want to check the price/availability of acetylene though, I believe there is still a massive shortage making unavailable or very expensive if you can find some. Look into propane or propylene as the fuel source before you buy anything, you are ahead of the game at the moment and choosing the right set-up could save you a lot of money in the future.
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i went with a propane setup. its cheaper to fill but doesn't get quite as hot. a little harder to make precision slots and stuff but is great for scrapping and blowing through stuff that you cant get a grinder on. spend a little more and get a good set of regs. you will hate cheap ones if you use them alot
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