ok, i have watched a zillion videos of people using forges to bend, and manipulate metal. say i have horshoes and want to twist and bend them, would a forge be cheaper than a tank setup? imo a torch setup may be cheaper because i can turn the torch gas off when not being used, as a forge would run most of the day of propane i guess....can anyone clear this up for me?
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Thread: oxy/acet torch VS. forge?
11-03-2010, 10:44 PM #1Junior Member
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oxy/acet torch VS. forge?
11-03-2010, 11:45 PM #2
Depends how much bending and twisting you want done.
For small isolated bends or twists on a single piece your better off using a O/A torch
Forges are used if you want to manipulate a larger peice or if you have multiple pieces to do at once.
Propane forges are cheaper to run by the hour but like you said with the o/a torch you can turn it on and off more easily.
I have both but for general welding a fabrication needs, o/a torch should be the higher priority
11-04-2010, 08:53 AM #3Senior Member
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I have a bypass valve on my forge so when your not needing it you just turn a gas shutoff valve off and the gas goes through a needle valve around the shutoff at 1 psi so it keeps the forge going but uses almost no gas. A propane forge is much cheaper to run as opposed to O/A.Miller syncrowave 200 runner with coolmate 4
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