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O/A Torch Comparison


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Dec 11, 2008
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Still working on my gas welding, so I couldn't pass up the chance when I saw a used Smith "Airline" torch and tip advertised on the local Craigslist. It wasn't the plan for my only day off this week, but one needs to be able to shift priorities, right?
To the point: Soon after I arrived home, I set up my "new" torch and went to work laying some beads on my current batch of practice plates. Once I got the flame set up and started to work some puddles, I couldn't believe how much nicer this torch was than my Purox W-200! They are both about the same size, and configuration (knobs forward), but for some reason I found the Smith flame was much better to work with. I can't explain how or why, but the puddle was easier to see and easier to manage. I could control the heat and direction of flow and the puddle characteristics much more precisely. Boy, was I surprised! Admittedly, I am a novice at O/A welding, but the difference was noticeable.
Any similar experiences? Can anyone account for this?



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