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Unread 08-06-2013, 12:56 PM   #1
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Thinking about buying an O/A rig

I am thinking about buying a low-cost oxy-acetylene rig. I need something for heating stuck bolts, brazing, heating steel to bend it, and for cutting 1/4" or thinner steel. It would see only light and occasional use less than once a month.

What are your thoughts about this unit at Northern Tool? (The Victor FirePower Oxy-Acetylene Outfit — Model# FP250-510FC)

What is the typical routine for buying oxygen and acetylene at a local supplier? The only thing I am familiar with is buying C25 shielding gas for my welder where I purchase a full cylinder from a local supplier. When it's empty, I bring it back and get a full bottle for only the price of just the gas, which is fairly low cost.

I assume it's the same for O/A?


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Unread 08-06-2013, 09:41 PM   #2
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Not sure on the setup but refilling is just like refilling for your welder. Take the bottles in to the local welding store when there empty and get them refilled. Or different bottles depending on whether you own them or are renting them.

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Unread 08-06-2013, 09:44 PM   #3
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About the only way to make an oa rig cheaper is to use cheap regulators. As long as the torch head uses standard tips you can get locally I see no major issues with it.
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Unread 08-06-2013, 11:02 PM   #4
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I have the same set here at home..can't go wrong with Victor or Smith..both VERY easy to get tips for
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