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I found a listing for various torch/welder components. I am really only interested in one torch (its a Harris, had him send me a picture, but can not see the model number) Since he has the whole lot for $200, I offered $40 for just the Harris. He countered with $50 for just the torch. But I have been wondering if I was to buy the whole lot and then turn around and try to sell everything else, would I make back my $200?
I know by the looks of it, some will need to be cleaned and possibly rebuilt, but even if I can get $20 per gauge set up. Just wondering if its worth the time and money.

The Harris torch I am interested in is the 4th one down in the first picture showing the whole lot.
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You can make your money back, grab the whole thing.
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Re: Torch components

I grabbed the whole lot. Got him down to $160 because some of the gauges are shot, but all in all everything seems to be in decent shape. The one small torch is a Smith AW1, with a cutting head, rosebud and 2 soldering tips. I already listed them om Ebay as a lot. A AW1 and cutting head was recently sold for $60.

I listed some of the regulators on Craigslist, but will probably try other places as well(not Ebay due to shipping costs, until a last resort)
One of the torches is a Mark 7 fusewelder torch. From what I can tell, its an industrial type of preheating torch that possibly can also fuse metal powder to other metals. I can not find pricing on this or other info.

There are two older Airco torches that I need to research a little on. The guy that sold me the lot claims he say the one go for $300 on ebay recently. I call BS on that because if it did, why would he basically give it away then. But it is an industrial torch. Airco model 4700 with some type of track on it for a machine. Again, could not find much info on it yet and I do not have a close up of it yet either. The other one seems to be an industrial torch, but a older one.

I know all of them need cleaning, but from what I have seen posted online, should pretty much be left to a professional.

The Harris torch I wanted is in decent shape, the handle is a little loose, I think its missing a screw or pin, not sure. Trying to find a schematic. Its a Harris model 85 with a 73 cutting head on.

The other big torch is a Airco Style 9503. This is probably the oldest out of all of them. It has a brass tag on it with all the info on it. If anything even if it can not be used, would make a nice addition to a collection or display. Need to research this on a little as well.

I had posted this on another forum and already had some say its not worth the time or money, but I did have a couple say its a good lot(especially for the Smith AW1). Based on that and in here and seeing that everything (except for one regulator) is USA made, I could not go wrong. I am not looking at making all my money back, but would be happy if I did.

If anyone has any info on any of these torches or knows where I could find the info, it would be greatly appreciated.
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-27-2018, 03:19 PM
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The Smith cutting attachment in the right photo is an AC309 with an AW1A handle. They are considered a "light duty" parts by smith but dont let that description fool you. I have worked with (and actually tested) them and have never found a bad Smith product, even the new ones. Lifetime warranty and all replaceable packings and seals on them. The AW/AT series' heating and brazing heads all fit that AW1A handle. Looks like some of your heads are in need of new orings before using but for $10-$20 you can replace all the orings there. The AC309 cutting attachment is a bit beat up - maybe check the silver solder joints and get a new cutoff valve lever (contact Smith for the lifetime warranty) for that one...

Still, everything in that one pic sold new today would be over $500. Good find!
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Great find at a great price. I would look for some small medium owner tanks and hose and build a package. Where I live a complete ready to use kits sells pretty fast. I think you could make all of your money back plus some on one sale that way.

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