But seriously, why buy new? Look at your local craigslist and follow up
on a few ads, educate yourself on the difference between owner and rental
cylinders, and save about $500. There are excellent torch & regulator
repair places around who can fix just about anything that might turn out
to be wrong.
It won't stay shiny long, and after it isn't shiny anymore what have you
gotten for your money?
That's my take, guaranteed to be worth at least what you paid for it :-)
Then you have the choice of buying an "outfit" which gets you a torch handle,
a cutting attachment, the smallest rosebud, a few welding tips, two single
stage regulators and some miscellany, or going "a la carte" where you could
buy a real cutting torch, whatever handle you want along with whatever tips
you want, two stage heavy duty regulators, and type T welding hose.
If I was buying new, and I wasn't paying for it, I would go to the same
place I was getting my gas from and buy the Victor Journeyman kit.
Since I did have to pay for it, I bought the portable Victor setup, which
came with both torch handles (welding and cutting), a few tips, regulators,
hose, and a plastic carryall with the small sized gas bottles. I think I
paid right around $300 at a big box store, probably Lowes...
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