When looking for tools and equipment we use in our daily work, we make sure to only grab the best ones. These tools define whether we’ll have excellently finished output or output that needs more finishing.
Having the best cutting torch set is a must when it comes to metal fabrication and cutting metals. It reduces work time because of quicker cuts, and with the proper tools, you can also ensure safety.
We have compiled here three of the best cutting torch sets you can choose from as a buyer’s guide. In addition, we will list the pros and cons to make your decision-making even more effortless.
Our Top Three Choices
Victor Medalist 250
The Victor Medalist 250 is an all-in set by one of the most famous brands when it comes to metal cutting, heating, and welding tools. The brand offers many different sets, but we recommend the Victor Medalist 250.
This Victor cutting torch set includes cutting and welding tips, so it is suitable for both applications.
|Cutting||½-inch to 5-inch|
|Welding||5/64” to 1.25”|
Suppose you are the type of welder who uses fuel alternatively. In that case, this torch set can handle different fuel types like acetylene, propylene, and propane, or natural gas.
Safety is ensured because you can comfortably hold and manipulate the WH411C torch handle. The built-in check valves will inhibit backflow causing accidents and explosions in the work area. You can easily monitor the gas coming out of your tanks and the cutting torch gauge settings with the visibility provided by G250 Series regulators.
You probably already have your hose, goggles, and striker, but know that these are also included in the set. As each torch set is assembled differently, it is still best to learn how to set up a cutting torch by checking Victor Medalist 250’s manual.
This set is best used for cutting and welding hobby tasks, some repairs on the farm or a ranch, and basic repairs for different home appliances or cars. If you plan to use it for heavy-duty tasks, the set might fail you. Choose a heavy-duty set instead.
If you are an experienced welder and cutter, this may not be another torch for you. This torch is best for hobbyists and medium-duty tasks.
TurboTorch Victor 100 Series
The TurboTorch Victor 100 Series is easy to set up. It has a tote keeping all parts together, to begin with.
There are different types of welder jobs. If you are a welding professional moving from one place to another, you’ll love one of the prime advantages of the TurboTorch set—portability. Welders travelling to render welding and cutting services in different households will find the tote bag flexible and easy to transport. The bag even has durable wheels, so the user can easily pull it.
The tote can hold acetylene and oxygen tanks together with the Dual A-grade hose. With the proper tips and nozzles, the torch can do cutting, welding, and heating tasks.
|Cutting||¼-inch to 5-inch|
|Welding||5/64” to 11”|
Included in the kit are the color-coded G150 regulators for oxygen and acetylene. The torch handle is already equipped with check valves for added safety.
There are no pockets or specially-designed spools for the hose. The Victor 100 Series tote can only store a tank and a handle to carry the tank and the hose.
Hobart Medium-Duty Oxy-Acetylene Set
Another set that will catch your attention because of its complete inclusions is the medium-duty set from Hobart.
Prime among the pros of the Hobart set is its price. With all the inclusions it has in the set, it is way cheaper than others. You can perform your metal cutting and welding activities in the same way as you would in more expensive sets with proper use. You can use oxy-acetylene and propane fuels for this set, given the right tips, which are also included.
|Cutting||½-inch to 6-inch|
|Welding||3-/32-inch to 1-¼-inch|
Since the regulators are color-coded, you can easily identify and monitor which regulator is for oxygen, for acetylene, and the cutting torch pressure settings. Another noteworthy pro is that the torch handle already has flashback arrestors, which lessen work-related accidents like explosions and fire.
Other inclusions in the Hobart set: set cleaner, welding goggles, tank wrench, and spark lighter. If you already have these tools in your tools set, treat them as a bonus.
To answer your question on how to set oxy-acetylene cutting torch properly, you can check the owner’s manual.
Set-up can be quite complicated and you need to follow the user's manual from start to finish to ensure that no accidents will occur when using the kit. If the set is not set up correctly, leaks may occur, and catching fire is a straightforward accident. Without the proper work attire, you may also feel the effect of the equipment malfunction.
Make the Right Choice
Before choosing, check first what type of fuel you often use and see which among the sets allows that kind of fuel use. Next, do you value the movability and flexibility of the set? Getting cutting torch sets that have totes is the best choice. Some offer more inclusions, some offer less, but at the end of the day, the best choice depends on which one satisfies your needs.