Which hand-torch works best for the job?

Bernzomatic Trigger Start Propane Torch

A hand-torch has a hundred uses, from home-improvement projects and metalworking to pipe soldering and mechanical maintenance. But which torch is the best choice for the job?

For DIY’ers, a “Multi Use Torch” like the Bernzomatic TS3500 is a versatile tool well suited to a variety of tasks, including light soldering, lighting grills, loosening rusted bolts and softening putty or paint. It features an automatic ignition that instantly ignites the flame without the hassle of a spark lighter.

A professional contractor might prefer the TS8000 Max Heat Torch, which works well for heavy-duty tasks. Its ultra-swirl flame provides maximum heat for large diameter soldering or brazing, and it has a durable cast aluminum body that’s built to last.

Which Torch Fuel Works Best for your Project?

Butane: For small detail jobs, butane is well-suited for soldering electronic circuits, heat shrinking and jewelry design and repair.

Propane: This traditional standby fuel is ideal for small soldering jobs, softening putty or paint and loosening rusted bolts.

MAP-Pro™: Designed for larger, hotter jobs such as soldering large diameter copper pipe, brazing or heat-treating.

Oxy/MAP-Pro: These torches are hot enough to weld and cut thin metal.

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