OK, got my Meco Midget from the tinman a coule of days ago and have been
trying it out.
I've only welded with the one (mystery) torch, so I only have it to compare
Firt, it's light. Really light and really small. The hose is very light
too. Doesn't quite obviate the need for me to wrap it over my shoulder and
around my arm, but it makes the burden almost nonexistant.
Because it's so small your hand is quite close to the work. Even using a
number two could get a little uncomfortable with no glove on, especially as
the heat was coming up a tube pointed at my hand at one point!
Anyhow, that;'s the only disadvantage I've seen so far.
The precision of the valves is at least ten times finer than my previous
torch. You have to crank them like mad to get the flame set just right and
then it stays there. IOW flame control is really precise and very easy.
I've also noticed that the required pressures at the regulator are about
half of what i needed for my other torch, particularly for the acet.
I'm finding control of the puddle quite a bit easier with this. In spite of
it's size the flame is plenty to get a puddle going.
I'm still adjusting to it, so my welds aren't much better yet, but they are
beter already after only about two hours of practice with thing. I'd say
when I've gotten used to the contraption they'll come on even more quickly.
I'll let oyu know in a week or so!
Many thanks again to everyone who's helped!