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  1. #1
    if it ain't broke, fix it
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    Smith MW5 torch handle, what tip(s) to use?

    I picked up a smith MW5 torch handle used, in nice shape, but for more than I wanted to spend. My question is to what tips will be most useful? if you had a part number that would most appreciated. My local welding supply store retails the tips for about 3 times internet supply houses price (around $30).

    i also have a chance to buy an older airco torch but I'm reluctant to purchase older stuff, as it seems hard to find parts for.


    thanks

  2. #2
    Framebuilder
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    Maybe this will help:
    http://bikesmithdesign.com/Welding/Tips.html
    Most builders use anything from the equivalent of Victor #0 to a Victor #2. I think the #2 is the most versatile for framebuilding, but a #0 is good for learning as you won't be able to get into trouble as quickly.

  3. #3
    Randomhead
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    I learned to braze using a huge torch my dad inherited from the farm. The point is how much heat you put in the frame, not how much heat the torch is putting out. The small ones are nice though.

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