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  1. #1
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    The great debate..B-Tank or Oxy Ace Torch.....What do you use?

    I am buying myself a torch Tommorow (Before Wed). I have used B tanks with success inside as soon as I have to go outside I gotta block the wind etc. I did not pick the tip size nor did I buy it. I have also used it in school with a rose bud tip and was not a fan. I have also used oxy ace in the field as well as at school. It is way faster and hotter. You can blow a hole in the copper if your not careful. It cost more cause you need 2 bottles.

    Do you guys just think I didn't have the right tip for my B-Tank? Should I even bother with that route?
    I wanna hear from you guys I will be doing mostly resi installs and commercial repairs.
    I work on roofs 75% of the time so I need the tote to carry it but not the cutting handle. Does anyone know the Turbo Torch model # for the oxy ace torch kit with tote and no cutting handle?

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    I preferred a b tank, I'm not sure what tip I had but it was similar to a map gas torch tip. I hated using oxy acetylene.

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    I prefer b-tank my self. I have Millermatic Mig welder and a plasma cutter for serious situations. I confess that i do have one of those small Mao gas setups from Lowes which i use for small soldering repairs which is definitely hand in some situatiosn!! Funny thing was that i was using at a customers home we put a Peerless Purefire systems and i needed to change a Taco Circ pump and his some was the one that developed the tools lol!! He gave me a case of the yellow map gas cylinders! SCORE!!

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    I've never used a b tank. Im happy with ox/act. I use a 0 tip for small stuff and a 2 tip for 3/8 and larger.

    Every b tank I've seen had a big tip and handle. I don't see how you could get into tright spots with that.

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    Air/acetylene is for plumbers!

    In all seriousness, I've got no issues with air/acetylene, especially since they started making tips for them that don't require hearing protection to use, but you will still need an oxy/acetylene torch for a lot of types of leak repairs, and other work.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    i used b-tank with #14 tip when in residential.

    now that i do commercial i used oxy/act with #0, #2, and #15 rosebud.

    if you had to pull a distributor apart you would need a nice rosebud. if you used a btank it would take to long to heat up and the distributor tubes would start to come off.

    when repairing evap coils i use the #0 tip with great success.

    when doing big r/v 1-1/8" you will need oxy or you will burn it up.

    when doing a compressor changeout, i may use my turbo with #14 tip. it depends.

    hope this helps.

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    oxy/act for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sac View Post
    oxy/act for me
    Same here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sac View Post
    oxy/act for me
    Add me to this group...

    More temp control with Oxy/Acet with #0, #2, and rosebud tips... However

    I suspect it is more what someone learned on and is used to.

    I do agree that a torch that sounds like a jet engine is not a good idea...
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    So I am going with oxy/Ace I just orderd it.



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    Coming from Ottawa to Toronto should be in tommorow.

    The deposit on the bottles is insane more then the torches FML

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldSchoolMech View Post
    So I am going with oxy/Ace I just orderd it.



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    Coming from Ottawa to Toronto should be in tommorow.

    The deposit on the bottles is insane more then the torches FML
    Bottles cost lots of $$$... govt regs and all that stuff.

    I have an extra O2 and Acet in my van... hate to run out.
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    Dittos to the Oxy/Acet, a big roaring B tank flame burning every thing with is 6" and overheating parts during the long heat process is not for me.

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