|Item Weight||15.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||5.5 x 22.1 x 12 inches|
|Item model number||0384-2045|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||5 year warranty|
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Thermadyne 0384-2045 Victor 510/540 Performer Medium Duty Oxy Fuel Outfit
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-- cutting nozzle
-- welding tip
-- heating (aka rosebud) tip
That's important, because purchased a la carte, these items cost about $75 each. The Edge regulators are designed to handle an accidental tip over of the gas cylinder, which can be pretty disastrous in the case of acetylene, so that's a great feature as well. And the torch has built-in flashback arrestors and check valves, which prevent flames from traveling up into the hose.
Since the kit is manufactured by Victor, it's bound to have a long life and plenty of resale value.
The one drawback you'll want to consider is the high price of acetylene gas. The calcium carbide plant in Kentucky exploded last year and won't reopen until the spring or summer of 2012, so welding suppliers have to import the stuff until them. Make sure you factor in your tank and gas costs before you purchase any oxyacetylene kit.
I bought mine direct from WeldFabulous, which shipped it out quickly, so no complaints there.
I am a professional welder/ fitter 20+ years. This gets the job done with out the extra weight and bulk of the heavy duty models. Who really cuts over 6" thick plate by hand anyways these days?
If you are needing an all-around torch without breaking the bank, this is definately the one to purchase. It's well worth the extra money over purchasing a "Victor type" Chineese aftermarket torch. There is a huge difference between the "Victor type" and the real thing. The gauges alone are worth the price difference and the hoses included will last without cracking and leaking within a few months, like the ones I purchases through Harbor Freight did in the past.
Acetylene is a very dangerous gas and is extremely explosive if you get a leak comming from a bad torch, hose or gauge. I would purchase this set for the safety mechanisms that Victor has built in place to avoid these dangers.
I recommend that you purchase a 00 cutting nozzle and welding torch attachment if you are going to cut or weld anything thinner than 1/8". They're very inexpensive on Amazon and well worth having.
I would recommend this set to anyone that isn't welding professionly. I know two porfessional welders that wuse this torch in their buisness and that is where I had it recommended to me.
The sets from cheaper brands come with more welding tips but this includes everything you really need. You can get more tips on Amazon for pretty good prices, between $10-$30 each. Look for any tips marked as "W-1" and they should fit this torch handle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received this product and commenced to put it together and realized that the tip was the wrong size. Ok, mistakes happen. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chad McCarty
I have to say that I was disappointed. I am now retired but I worked as a machinist for over 40 years. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gerald Schumacher
It appears to be the real deal. Still works fine after 1 year. Cheapest way I could both weld and cut. I have difficulty welding with it, but that's related to lack of practicePublished 4 months ago by Matthew Marting
I have not had any problem with my Thermadyne 0284-2045 Victor 510/540 performer. I was exactly what I wanted and has given me no problems. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anthony R. Boatcallie