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  1. #1
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    Best oxy-acetylene tote kit for beginner

    I'm looking to grab something for brazing, and decided on an oxy-acetylene kit so I can do other welding/cutting projects. What do you recommend? I've seen a reasonably priced Hobart kit on Amazon.ca, theres a Lincoln kit at my local hardware store, and a Victor kit and a welding shop nearby.
    Any to avoid? Is there chinese garbage sets with any of these brands to avoid? I just want high quality, and I'll mostly just use it for brazing
    Thanks

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    I was in the same situation as you a while back.

    I have a uniweld kit with tote but I now have just upgraded to a victor edge 2.0

    It is nice to have both so you don't have to drag a huge setup on a roof or other close quarter areas.

    Victor in my opinion is the best on the market and worth the price.

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    Can’t go wrong the the victor setup. That’s all we use at our shop. I’ve had my same kit for 9 years.

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    Whatever brand your local supply houses stock, go with that. If you break a gauge, regulator, or need new tips they probably have them and depending on your shops tool replacement policy, it's easier to give the supply house a PO than to pay for it and try and get reimbursed.
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    When I bought the set that rolled out of the Mall lot inside my truck ten years ago, I did some research on line. Apparently, there are two Victors. One is the quality setup. The other is marketed using an additional name...it think it was "Cutskill?" I was told that it was a Chinese version, and was not as good.

    The Victor set I bought gave me no trouble.
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  6. #6
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    I had a unwield kit for 8 years that never failed me. Now I have a Victor. They are both great. I like alot of uniweld stuff like the cap n hook tips and stuff. But also make sure you have 20 foot hoses. It's nice to have that reach. As far as parts, few supply houses in my area carry more than #2 or #4. But get you a 80$ turbo torch TX 500. That turbo torch will save your butt if its after hours and you run low on oxy/acct or if you break a regulator. You can get mapp gas at Walmart if needed. Also it's nice for small stuff or roofs. Everything aside...The main factor is gonna be YOU. If your a person who always lets their tools be rained on, doesn't clean them, doesn't do maintenance, or doesn't take care of your tools then just buy the cheapest stuff you can find. I buy all my guys tools because every monday its mandatory they all spend 3 hours cleaning, maintaining, organizing, and inspecting tools. It saves so much time when I dont have guys on a job with a failing vaccum pump, gauges, torches, or drills. Just my two cents.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kman731 View Post
    I'm looking to grab something for brazing, and decided on an oxy-acetylene kit so I can do other welding/cutting projects. What do you recommend? I've seen a reasonably priced Hobart kit on Amazon.ca, theres a Lincoln kit at my local hardware store, and a Victor kit and a welding shop nearby.
    Any to avoid? Is there chinese garbage sets with any of these brands to avoid? I just want high quality, and I'll mostly just use it for brazing
    Thanks

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    Bought a new mini-oxy/acety kit back in September... looked at both the victor and uni-weld...
    I liked the regulators on the uni-weld better, as well as the tote was thought out better IMO.

    Both came with bottles, and both were within $10 of each (in the 3x C note plus some change area)
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