Rated 2.9 out of 5Â by 10
Rated 5 out of 5Â by robojax you would be surprised
I bought this torch with my FIRST robotics team in mind thinking it would be fun to try some welds on this years robot and see if it worked. To put it in short, from my preliminary test i will mention, this torch dose a lot more than i thought it would be capable of. I have never welded before but i was able to figure out how to use it in a timely manner. In my tests i was able to weld regular steel nails together with no difficulty using only the brazing rods that came with the kit and i'm still trying to break the weld by bending and smashing it on the ground. My bend test only succeeded in bending the nails leaving the welds untouched. I was also able to cut fairly easily through the nails and ended with a clean cut. So after working with steel i decided to root around in our scrap metal bin in our robotics shed and get some useless aluminium. I was able to get a good weld on it with a lower burn
and cutting the aluminum was a lot more fun than it should have been but hey i was experimenting. I finally ran out of the oxygen after an hour to hour and a half of continuous use and i think it would have lasted longer if i was more conscious of weather or not the oxygen is actually off or not, and that is really my only complaint is that the system of regulating the gases is a little haphazard but it you adjust slowly and in equal increments its only a minor nuisance. So if your a person looking for a slot of power in a small package, or a total welding newb like myself whose interested in getting into the craft this is a fantastic way to start.
December 12, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by welder14 Almost completely worthless
The cylinders while coming from an unopened package were light as if they were not properly filled. The adjustment valves could not adjust the flame well enough to keep the torch lit so that I could braze. I am ashamed to see that the product claims to be made in America. Such terrible quality. I will be returning my purchase to the store for a refund.
July 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by JLGEng Good for what it is, don't expect the unreasonable for 60 bucks
Keep in mind, this is not a professional welding outfit (regardless of what Worthington's online video states). It is meant only for LIGHT home use and for short projects (10-15min working time).
If you want to weld, cut, or braze any average project, you NEED to buy a professional setup.
If you are working on a tiny project, and are thinking "I need something much hotter that Map/Pro or Propane alone, but don't want to speed hundreds on a professional setup" then this is PERFECT.
It gets the job done so that you don't have to send out your repair to a shop.
Also, this is PERFECT for DIY guys.
The short burn time is NOT a knock against the torch, its CHEMISTRY. Why do you think you need to refill a 300 cu ft tank of oxygen several times, while refilling your 20 lb propane tank once in a oxy-propane professional setup?
Realistic knock on the product.......design.
Expect to spend at least the first 10-20% of burn time trying to figure out how to light the torch. After you get the hang of it, it is pretty easy. And it is very cool to be able to have a torch capable of welding and cutting (sheet) metal with only 60 bucks investment.
The major problem is the oxygen regulator design, it is sharp and sensitive. From an engineers point of view, this is probably for your safety. According to their documentation, the torch tip has a flame arrestor, but to increase safety, they probably want you to be able to shut off the oxygen tank completely and quickly in case of a flame out.
It takes almost 2.5 full turns of the regulator until the oxygen starts to flow. Open the fuel and light so that the flame is ~1/2 inch from the tip. Then turn the oxygen regulator on 2 full turns, then VERY SLOWLY open is more. Bring the flame down to the tip by adjusting the fuel (map/pro or propane). Then add more oxygen, then more fuel, etc, until you get it to how you want it.
I cannot stress enough SLOW valve movements. The torch is not well designed and quick gas changes induce resonant waves in the torch that make your flame dance from reducing to neutral like a strobe light.
I cannot speak to it's durability, as I have only owned it for a few days. But the cylinder threads and regulators are cheap, so do not HE-MAN the tanks on the fittings.
Last, keep the tip clean. It helps more often than you think.
And if you like it, buy an oxy-acetylene or oxy-propane professional outfit, welding is fun!
January 16, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Nausicafan Dont waste your money.. omg
There is no case to hold the two cans in, so they clank around unless you use one of your own. The valves on the hoses are sooo inaccurate it is impossible to get the proper flame let alone maintain it. It took me so long to get and maintain the proper flame that I used a whole can of Oxy in the process, thats 10 bucks, for a project that would prolly have taken all of 5 minutes had I simply used a MAPP torch.. Skip this Oxy junk and just get a good MAPP torch... it will save you a lot of headache and money.
August 13, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Cornell Good for small jobs!
I had my eye on this and did not do the research on the product until after I used it. I cut an indoor rod iron divider gate in have to lower it by three feet and welded it back with the Oxy/Map Pro. I like the idea of it being so compact, I purchased a small bag and keep my pluming sweating tools in there as well. I used four bottles of oxygen to half bottle of map gas. It is also hard to calibrate the flame and with limited oxygen that can't be wasted. I would also recommend a little longer hose, exchangeable tips and better valves. I would pay $100.00 more for a more reliable touch!
September 7, 2014