My Childhood Dream,,, Bend Steel
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    My Childhood Dream,,, Bend Steel

    I lived in Pittsburgh during my childhood, there was LOTS of steel around,
    heck, there was an unattended junkyard within walking distance of my home,,,

    I could get steel, I could drill and bolt steel,, but, I could not bend steel.

    I tried the propane torches that were available then, even with 3 going at the same time,, I could not heat a 3/4" rod enough to bend it.

    Sure an oxy-acetylene would get it hot enough, but, that was beyond a 10 year olds budget,,
    propane was the limit.

    One year for Christmas my Mom got me a Prestolite propane torch that ran off a 20 pound bottle,,,
    I thought I was in business,, but, no luck, that torch was just not hot enough.

    So, here we are a half decade later, I now have the oxy-acetylene torch,, but, the tanks are expensive to fill.
    I still have the dream of bending steel with air-propane.

    I started looking around, and I found a tip for my Turbo Torch,, the size is "T6"
    The T6 tip can cost over $100,, but, I found some guy with a half dozen of them on eBay,,,
    I ordered the used T6 tip, it cost about $30,,,.



    I tried it out today, within 5 minutes, that tip had heated a one inch round steel bar to a dull red.
    The tip is a BEAST!!

    I am going to build my daughter a bench, using bent one inch steel for the legs.
    There will be quite a few bends, I now have the torch that will heat steel enough that I can bend it

    I will post some pics when I start on the bench,,,
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    Please send a link. I have acetylene but this sounds like something I'd like to have.

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    Nice to finally achieve a childhood dream! Can't wait to see the final product.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sevenhills1952 View Post
    Please send a link. I have acetylene but this sounds like something I'd like to have.

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    This is just the tip, ,,,

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Turbo-Torch...72.m2749.l2649

    You still need the torch, hose, and regulator,

    https://www.amazon.com/TurboTorch-03...ch+propane+kit

    I know I found that torch kit for about $110, but, I can not find it right now.
    There is an acetylene kit for less, the only difference is the regulator.
    I have an acetylene tip for mine, I just switch regulators, and change the tip.

    In 1980, I worked with the guy that designed the Turbo Torch.
    He loved to talk about how it functioned, concentrating the oxygen and fuel at the center, and moving the nitrogen to the outside of the flame.

    The nitrogen insulates the flame so well, if you keep the torch turned up, the tip stays cool to the touch.

    I had o buy one, having worked with the guy,, a week after I purchased one, he gave me one,, he had boxes of them,,,
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    When I first saw the thread title, I had visions of CADplans wearing a blue leotard with a giant S, bending steel with his bare hands!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar Leroy View Post
    When I first saw the thread title, I had visions of CADplans wearing a blue leotard with a giant S, bending steel with his bare hands!
    That was twenty years ago,,, now,, even I need to use heat,,,
    Some of the tractors include JD 4105, JD 855, JD 650,,,, and,,, the IH 584 4WD
    My favorite attachment is the homemade landplane,,, EVERYONE needs one of those!!

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