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Re: Victor portable Oxy-Acetylene kit - tip selection?

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01-12-2013 19:36:08

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"You can exceed the 1/7/hr. for short periods but unless you're hiking your cylinders up a 300 ft. incline, get some bigger cylinders. The refills on the small cylinders will cost you a fortune!!! A 75 cu. ft. acetylene and a 122 oxygen would be a good size and are still fairly easy to move around. "

Actually, this small kit is perfect for my needs - which is what led me to choose it in the first place. It came with a cutting head which I have used several times and it works fine. I was simply looking at adding a larger nozzel for a small job and didn't stop to think about the limitations of the 10CF fuel cylinder delivery rate. It's no biggie - I will use something else.

The larger bottles would be a bit large for my needs. I don't think I would be able to toss them in my car trunk for transport.

It only costs me $21.50 to refill the Acetylene bottle, $11.30 for the Oxygen and it lasts me almost a year.

I appreciate everyone's feedback.

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01-13-2013 01:47:35

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 Re: Victor portable Oxy-Acetylene kit - tip selection? in reply to JGAYMAN, 01-12-2013 19:36:08  
When you toss cylinders in the trunk of your car, you should toss the acetylene in standing up. I was always told when you lay an Acetylene cylinder down you should not use it for 24 hours so the acetone can settle back down to the level it is supposed to be at.
When we would high line cylinders from ship to ship we would not use the acetylene for 24 hours. I am sure you know not to use an acetylene cylinder laying down.

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01-13-2013 07:28:02

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 Re: Victor portable Oxy-Acetylene kit - tip selection? in reply to JOB, 01-13-2013 01:47:35  
Yes, you are correct. The cylinders need to stay upright. Which is why the small bottles are nice (for me). I transport them in the plastic tote that came with the kit. It keeps them secure from rolling around or banging into each other and I am able to keep them upright.

Obviously anytime you transport compressed flammible gas you need to be as careful as possible as there is always risk - much the same as when you transport 20 lb bottles of propane for the gas grill.

I always try to drive directly to and from the gas distributer with no side stops to minimize the time in the car.

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01-12-2013 23:22:37

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 Re: Victor portable Oxy-Acetylene kit - tip selection? in reply to JGAYMAN, 01-12-2013 19:36:08  
If you carry cylinders in the trunk of a car, the small cylinders would be more than enough to cause a big explosion if something happened. Equal parts oxygen and acetylene in a styrofoam cup has a pretty big explosion when ignited.

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