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Hot Max 500G Big Max 500,000 BTU Propane Torch

4.2 out of 5 stars 251 customer reviews
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  • Trademarked molded handle for more comfort and control
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  • Burns clean and efficient propane - no caustic chemicals
  • Perfect for home, farm, industrial, and construction
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The Hot Max 500G "Big Max" is the premier large propane torch on the market. The 500,000 BTU Big Max is perfect for burning brush and weeds with clean and efficient LP gas eliminating caustic chemicals in the environment and around sensitive plants. The Big Max is is perfect for melting snow and ice, removing parking lot markings and other paint removal, thaws frozen pipes and equipment, pre-heats metals for welding or branding, melts tar and asphalt, and hundreds of other uses. The Big Max 500G torch is the only torch with a molded handle, which is trademarked, for better control and comfort and the long handle keeps you from bending over. The Hot Max Big Max comes fully assembled and ready to use. The Hot Max Big Max uses standard liquid propane tanks (like those used on BBQ grills). The Big Max comes with a 10' UL/CSA Listed gas hose (rated at 350 PSI), a solid brass adjusting valve to control the flame, a POL safety valve (to prevent excess propane gas flow), and a single flint striker for lighting the torch.

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Technical Details

Part Number 500G
Item Weight 5 pounds
Product Dimensions 43.2 x 10.1 x 3 inches
Item model number 500G
Size 500,000
Installation Method gas-welding
Item Package Quantity 1
Warranty Description 2 Years Limited, Parts and Labor

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ASIN B00282LP34
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4.2 out of 5 stars 251 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #10,545 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#14 in Automotive > Tools & Equipment > Welding Equipment > Welding Equipment & Accessories > Gas Welding Equipment > Torches
Shipping Weight 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available April 29, 2009

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By Andy in Washington TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2014
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I live in the Pacific Northwest, an area with a mild climate, plenty of rain, and lots of sunshine in the summer. In short, weed nirvana. It takes only a month or two for a vegetable or flower garden to become overrun with weeds. Further, the soil at my house is a very dense clay, so once a weed gets rooted, it is a serious struggle to remove it. Since I am not a real fan of herbicides, time for modern methods.

=== The Good Stuff ===

* It is about the most fun I have ever had weeding a garden. Some weeds (like certain thistles) almost explode when you torch them, which I admit is somewhat gratifying. (Might want to wear eye protection, that hot sap hurts).

* The torching goes pretty quick, and seems about the same level of time and effort as spraying roundup.

* There are two settings, the normal flow, and a "turbo" setting. The normal flow worked for about 90% of the weeds, especially the smaller ones. Giant weeds, and those I knew from experience to be more hardy, took a full blast to fricassee. Did it kill all of them the first time? No, but neither does digging, Roundup, or any other strategy. It does kill about 75% of them the first time, and the rest go down easy with another blast after a few days.

* In this area, if you cultivate and just "turn over" weeds, it is not uncommon for the exposed roots to work their way back into the soil before the sun has a chance to kill them. A quick shot to the roots with the torch puts a quick end to that.

* The connections between the hose and torch seemed a little loose, but did not leak in the first 10 uses. Hopefully that holds up.

=== The Not-So-Good Stuff ===

* The instructions missed an important first step.
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Very pleased with the torches performance and handling. It's extremely effective on weeds and is at least 500,000 BTU s. The trigger is great when you need to calm down the torch when using it. If you use a full bottle of propane it is very heavy to move around, I would recommend a 20 pound or do what I did, take the half empty propane bottle off your BBQ and use it. The last torch I had was not this hot it also did not have the trigger boost like this one, both are better to have. It is boisterous as heck "loud", but that makes it more fun to use, More Power. Makes killing weeds almost fun. Also you may want to put your wife to work, have her follow you around with a water hose and wet every thing down after you.

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After the first time of use I found out that if you open the gas valve too quickly it stops the gas from coming out any faster then a low flame. To fix this you have to shut off the gas tank valve, bleed off the torch gas, then shut off the torch, and open the gas tank valve very slooooowly.
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Weeds, zombie apocalypse, you name it... it burns it. Just make sure you live some place with lots of weeds or you will end up burning healthy stuff just for fun. I'm loving it for weeding and for removing grass in areas I plan to mulch, it makes short work of everything and is tons of fun in the process.

In the pictures attached you can see a 14 foot circle I cleared in just a few minutes and I was smiling the whole time.
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This torch comes ready to go out of the box. The turn knob allows you to adjust the power level of the idle mode. I would guess the range is 0-400,00 BTU's. The squeeze lever gives you a full range of power from idle mode all the way up to 500,000 BTU's. The power of this torch is impressive. Some of the comments about the noise levels are exaggerated. I have never had more fun killing weeds. What use to be a chore, is now entertainment.
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Wow! This thing is awesome! Something about holding what is basically a flamethrower that makes you happy. I cant help but have a grin on my face when I am using this thing.

Everyone asks me, why did you buy it? Well if just telling them you wanted a flamethrower isn't good enough, the package has a list of justifications for this. From melting ice in your driveway to igniting charcoal.

Looking forward to using this thing camping! I wont be as irritated when the state park makes me buy their firewood that is wet.
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Torch arrived quickly. Has a long enough hose to keep the tank away from the flame. Flame is very strong and kills plants within seconds, chars them to carbon in a few more. Because of the long hose you have to crack open the valve on the propane tank and slowly pressurize it, otherwise the safety valve in the tank will shut down gas flow to a trickle. Recommend this for what it does.
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At first I was a wary of having such a big output in terms of fuel usage, but I was pleasantly surprised to have about half a tank left (filled to 4.5 gallons when I started) after over an hour of straight usage. Considering the cost of spray concentrates compared to propane, this is acceptable to me. In today's market, I estimate cost of use is in the range of $5 per hour.
The adjustment valve is for idle flame only. When you pull the trigger you have no choice but to get the full 500kbtu/hr output, but it turns out that's not a bad thing as the work goes faster. I did an experiment where some areas I burned the (green) weeds completely off, and in another area I just scorched them. The next day, the scorched weeds looked almost completely dead. I will report back when I know more about how well the roots kill with that approach. My plan is to save time by just scorching them, and then burn them away once they've dried out.
The added bonus to using heat is it kills weed seed on the surface. I'm optimistic that once I go over an area, the weeds won't sprout as quickly after that.
The 10ft hose is handy, such that if you're fine with moving the tank along by hand, you don't need a cart. You can cover a decent area before having to move the tank again.
The noise is noticeable. I'm in a country area, but have neighbors within 50 yards. I immediately thought they would wonder what the noise is. If you're in a more densely populated area, you might consider that it will draw attention. If you've ever heard a hot air balloon burner, this is approximately equivalent. It's not so loud that you'd ever consider ear protection, but like I said, it's noticeable from a distance.
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