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Title: A few blowtorches
Post by: gibsontool on November 30, 2012, 11:24:39 AM
I was talking to Batz over in Australia recently about blowtorches and said I would post some pics of a few that I have. The back row left to right consists of the following; KF Erickssons Sweden, Otto Bernz Rochester NY, Pri-Mus No821 Sweden, Otto Bernz NY (aluminum tank),Dominion 500, and a Hercules. Middle row left to right, Max Sievert Sweden, Darlton  Australia. Front row L to R  Primus Sweden and what appears to be a home made job with no markings. The second pic is some others that have illegible or no markings at all. The next 2 pics are some misc soldering irons and a few electric soldering irons.
Title: Re: A few blowtorches
Post by: Batz on November 30, 2012, 01:10:37 PM
Nice mix of torches you have there, it's unusual to see a Darlton  Australia outside this country, and the one you have with the paint scraper attachment is uncommon even here.
Can you email me a picture of the little alcohol torch that looks home made? That one looks interesting.

Thanks for sharing the photos

Batz
Title: Re: A few blowtorches
Post by: oldtools on December 01, 2012, 07:40:35 PM
Very nice collection of blowtorches & Irons..  Looks like you know your torches...
I have 2 (white gas) Craftsman & the Old red one can't make out the label.  Any information on the ages & ID of the red torch?
also found a Old Sears (#1 fuel Oil/Kerosene) Weed Burner that works great!!! can't believe how large & strong that blowtorch flame is.. ~24"+
Title: Re: A few blowtorches
Post by: Batz on December 02, 2012, 12:28:10 AM
The red torch was made by Unique Mfg. Co. of Chicago.
The one pictured is a No. 0 torch. sheet metal tank, from around 1947.

Nice torch, I have few Unique Mfg. Co. torches
Title: Re: A few blowtorches
Post by: Batz on December 02, 2012, 01:22:41 AM
I thought I'll post a few pictures of some of my torch collection, I have them in my rustic bar room, this was once a garage.
I'm also a very keen all grain or full mash home brewer.

(http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p175/batz2/DSCF2925.jpg)

(http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p175/batz2/DSCF2924.jpg)

(http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p175/batz2/DSCF2923.jpg)


(http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p175/batz2/DSCF2922.jpg)
(http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p175/batz2/DSCF2921.jpg)
Title: Re: A few blowtorches
Post by: Batz on December 02, 2012, 02:35:36 AM
Very nice collection of blowtorches & Irons..  Looks like you know your torches...
I have 2 (white gas) Craftsman & the Old red one can't make out the label.  Any information on the ages & ID of the red torch?
also found a Old Sears (#1 fuel Oil/Kerosene) Weed Burner that works great!!! can't believe how large & strong that blowtorch flame is.. ~24"+

Your other torch is a Bernz Co. torch. It will have a number stamped on top of the pump plunger handle.
Looks like it would be in the 80's models, perhaps an 83A or 84A. Hard to tell from the photo.
Tell me the number and I can give some more information.
Title: Re: A few blowtorches
Post by: gibsontool on December 02, 2012, 11:34:20 AM
Great collection with good quality pics. Thanks for showing us.
Title: Re: A few blowtorches
Post by: oldtools on December 03, 2012, 04:13:46 AM
WOW!! what a collection, over 120 torches, nice photos..

Thank you very much for the info, the stamp on the plunger looks like 88

Want to try the Sears Weed Burner to make a Forge/Furnace for metal working, hope it is hot enough...
Title: Re: A few blowtorches
Post by: Batz on December 03, 2012, 01:41:38 PM
WOW!! what a collection, over 120 torches, nice photos..

Thank you very much for the info, the stamp on the plunger looks like 88

Want to try the Sears Weed Burner to make a Forge/Furnace for metal working, hope it is hot enough...

The model 88 was advertised in the Bernz catalog in 1936.
Title: Re: A few blowtorches
Post by: oldtools on December 03, 2012, 06:37:24 PM
Thank you Batz,
With all the torches, how can you tell which runs on; white gas, alcohol, fuel oil, or other...?
Title: Re: A few blowtorches
Post by: Batz on December 03, 2012, 11:36:42 PM
Not hard to tell at all O.T.

Perhaps a little long winded to go into here.

You guys interested in torches? I could do a different torch each week if you would find that informative.

batz
Title: Re: A few blowtorches
Post by: oldtools on December 04, 2012, 01:25:11 AM
Count me in on any lessions I can learn from...
Thank You
Title: Re: A few blowtorches
Post by: rusty on December 04, 2012, 04:25:19 PM

Always interested, torches are tools :)

I have to admit envy on the red squashed sphere tank one tho ;P
Title: Re: A few blowtorches
Post by: gibsontool on December 04, 2012, 06:51:42 PM
I think a weekly post would be a good idea.
Title: Re: A few blowtorches
Post by: gibsontool on December 05, 2012, 08:30:27 PM
I was prowling around downstairs and came across two more interesting torches. The little chrome guy has no markings of any kind so I have no idea about it. The second one is a small Lenk brand "BLOTORCH" model No 104B made in Boston. It came in its original box along with a small instruction leaflet and an original packing slip dated June 3rd, 1950.  It was sold by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Seattle to a D.H. Wilcox on 4th and State St. in Olympia, Washington. It does show signs of having been used but it is in very good condition.  Because it is a packing slip it has no price on it which would be interesting to know. Included with this leaflet is a parts price list showing the most expensive part (the complete generator assembly) at a price of $1.11 (must include an additional 10 cents for shipping and handling).
Title: Re: A few blowtorches
Post by: rusty on December 05, 2012, 09:02:15 PM
Lenk wasn't a "brand" as such, twas a fellow's name....

A very interesting tidbit here: https://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F2/421/421.F2d.910.19314.html

(Ignore the silly security message, if you get one ;)
Title: Re: A few blowtorches
Post by: Batz on December 06, 2012, 12:38:07 AM
I was prowling around downstairs and came across two more interesting torches. The little chrome guy has no markings of any kind so I have no idea about it. The second one is a small Lenk brand "BLOTORCH" model No 104B made in Boston. It came in its original box along with a small instruction leaflet and an original packing slip dated June 3rd, 1950.  It was sold by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Seattle to a D.H. Wilcox on 4th and State St. in Olympia, Washington. It does show signs of having been used but it is in very good condition.  Because it is a packing slip it has no price on it which would be interesting to know. Included with this leaflet is a parts price list showing the most expensive part (the complete generator assembly) at a price of $1.11 (must include an additional 10 cents for shipping and handling).

The chrome one is a Lenk model No.108 The Lenk catalog 1940 had it listed for $1.25. It was sold as a torch for radio and television repair men.
Title: Re: A few blowtorches
Post by: gibsontool on December 06, 2012, 06:58:55 AM
Thanks for the info Batz.