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  • Gas torch for wrapping

    Posted by Simon Worrall on July 6, 2023 at 1:37 am

    Hi
    Does anybody use a gas torch to wrap with?

    I am looking to buy one, can anyone point me in the right direction?

    Requirements;

    1. self igniting with a trigger, and letting go of the trigger turns it off.

    2. It must use a canister thats part of the torch.
    (I dont want to be carting round gas cylinders and hoses, it defeats the objective of portability)

    3. Adjustable flame from soft and broad low heat to high heat pinpoint flame.

    Thanks 🙂

    David Rogers replied 7 months, 3 weeks ago 6 Members · 10 Replies
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  • Gordon Smithard

    Member
    July 6, 2023 at 3:44 pm

    I use one from Express, not for wrapping but for whenever I need to heat up some vinyl. Adjustable flame but doesn’t turn off when releasing the trigger. Gas canister is in the handle, but re-fills only available from Express as far as I know.

  • Gordon Smithard

    Member
    July 6, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    Sorry, forgot to mention, Hilltop Products is where I got it from.

  • Simon Worrall

    Member
    July 6, 2023 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks, Gordon.

    I found this one which is a plumber’s torch. It does the trick exactly as I wanted, $261nzd.

    It was very well-reviewed on youtube.

    I am doing a mural using Arlon 6700 high tack cast vinyl.

    I tried a test piece, it is perfect for getting enough heat to press the vinyl into the concrete very quickly.

    Obviously, the vinyl catches fire if you leave it on a second too long, so…. 🙂

    Website: mitre10.co.nz

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjRWRsLobpM

  • Mark Johnston

    Member
    July 10, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    Obviously the vinyl catches fire if you leave it on a second too long

    🤣🤣

    Exactly why I never got around to trying one of those blow torches.
    I have always thought they looked very awkward to hold. 🤨

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    July 17, 2023 at 1:31 am

    I dislike these torches and as much as I know they are widely used worldwide by other wrappers, I still prefer not to use one.
    That said, I may contradict myself someday soon because I am tempted to buy one for remote vinyl installs and/or removals.
    I have an inverter in my van, which I can run heat guns from, but I have still been caught out in places I can’t even get the van close to.
    I also have a cordless heat gun by Dewalt but the reality is, you will get 15 mins of heat and although the heat is not bad, the “blow power” is no stronger than a yawn!

  • Mark Johnston

    Member
    July 17, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    £200 for the gas torch??? 😯 that is steep seeing as you have to continually refill it with gas.
    what did you pay for your cordless gun rob?

  • Gordon Smithard

    Member
    July 17, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    £119 on Hilltops website.

  • Peter Cassidy

    Member
    July 19, 2023 at 9:18 pm

    @markjohnston
    Glad i am not the only one thinking this. They just look so impractical to handle. 😏

  • Simon Worrall

    Member
    July 24, 2023 at 3:54 am

    Definitely not for the faint hearted! But its instant heat, anywhere, without a cord.

    If you hold it at least a foot away from the work its manageable.

    The shape is rather cumbersome to put down safely, it can easily tip over and bend the tip or burn something. So thats a worry.

    In use its very light and balanced, no faults there.
    I have added it to my kitbox and I use it out on jobs where its a pain to drag a 30m cable over a dirty workshop floor.

    Having bought the thing I have found it really useful for various jobs round the workshop including my own hobby, building radio control planes.

    Yup. Nerd.☺

    A good purchase.

  • David Rogers

    Member
    August 24, 2023 at 11:23 pm

    Looks interesting.

    https://hilltop-products.co.uk/tools-cutters-machinery/heat-guns/cordless-gas-heat-guns/e4500-gas-powered-hot-air-tool-kit.html

    Always have my gas gun handy but more for quick blasts or remote jobs.

    Occasionally use them at the shop for speed.

    Also have a makita 18v gun, but as Rob said…hot yawn. No point in using outdoors!

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