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BERNZOMATIC CORPORATION JT680 JUMBO FLAME TORCH HEAD
"BERZOMATIC" JUMBO FLAME TORCH HEAD 1-1/4" flame Flame adjustment knob Brass Carded
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7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Exactly what I wantedApr 04, 2010
By D. Jensen
I've had a Bernzomatic pencil tip propane torch for aeons, and it has been absolutely dependable. Indeed it still is. It gets used for a lot of things... like soldering pipes, lighting birthday candles, and firing kilns. It's this last use that prompted the purchase of a larger torch.
My little ceramic glaze test kiln is a very simple updraft affair that uses high-tech refractory insulation and a propane torch. The little Bernzomatic pencil torch will get the kiln to a solid cone 04, but that's about it. I wanted cone 5 capability. Enter the Jumbo Flame Torch Head.
The jumbo torch works perfectly. It's exceptionally solid and well-built. It also has a much higher heat output. It has breathed new life (and tremendous heat) into my little kiln.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Standard Bernz-O-Matic Style and ConstructionOct 14, 2011
By G. Carpenter
This is a standard Bernz-O-Matic product, I think. It looks and feels right, but there is no hint of it on the Bernz-O-Matic website as of the date of this writing. Nevertheless, it provides a broad flame that is quite good and should be good for regular soldering jobs and those few other jobs that one can use a propane torch on and where a broader flame is best.
A small matter: I bought the Amazon recommended #850 flame spreader with the torch. However, someone at Amazon or their machine knows nothing about this torch product because the spreader does not fit this torch. The 850 spreader only fits torches with smaller heads than this one.
4 of 5 found the following review helpful:
BernzoMatic JT680 019110 Jumbo Flame Torch HeadNov 04, 2011
By Dean A. Morton
"Inexorably undaunted by common sense..."
I like this torch. I sometimes make stuff out of silver sheet and silver wire and gallery wire. Small jewelery like things. Silver soldering is slightly more like brazing than soldering up a fiddle's stompbox. When I set out a few small pieces of silver to get carefully stuck together, a large flame blows them all across the soldering board as is the case with most pencil torches. Not good. I don't do this often enough to warrant profesional torch/tips, so I get to use pencil type torch heads. They usually have way too much velocity for my use but the JT680 lets me adjust it, that is, until some ironman wanna be, over-tightens the valve when turning it off and damages the soft brass needle valve making a "ring dent" around it. That's usually the end of adjustability and usefulness--to me. I added that for those who have never purchased and used their own brass torch as a word of caution, if finer adjustability is desired feature. Don't tighten the knob down more than it takes to stop the flame. If leaks are a concern, remove the torch head when not in use.
This torch tip has a 5/8" inside diameter and has manufactured on it cooling fins so that it can be adjusted down to a small flame without undue/unsafe heat accumulation. I presume. The cooling fins, 4 machined grooves 1/8" wide/deep do not do a very good job of keeping the torch cool, but it get's less hot than the personally modified BernzoMatic 370A Torch head that would get as warm as any Japanese nuclear event. A no-no I found out. I usually use the torch at about ½" of bright blue flame and about 2" flame in all. I LOVE the 5/8" width of the flame so I don't need to "wave" the flame as much to heat larger pieces up evenly.
WOT gives you a 9" long flame (When using a full bottle of cheap/readily available Coleman Model # 5103B738T propane) and a bright-blue flame that is 1½" long x 3/4" diameter approx. 3/16" past the end of the tip, giving a usable length of about 7 inches. The price is cheap so yes the knob IS plastic. I have not melted it running the torch on a small flame for 2+ hours continous, as I did on the aforementioned personally customized BernzoMatic Model 370A, so the cooling fins seem to keep the JT680 as cool as an unmodified 370A.
One more word of caution. Look at the contact surface of your propane bottles and watch out for nicks and dented ones. They leak and can tear up the pretty cork gasket, which is so hard to find out here in the sticks, making the purchase of another torch, a nice feasability at the price.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Jumbo flame, indeed.Apr 22, 2012
By Tobias Bump
I bought this torch head because I needed such a tool for automotive applications.
It screws right on to $2.99 canisters of propane from the hardware store. I haven't noticed any leaks as the torch sits as one might expect from a lesser brand. The flame produced is adequate for light-medium duty tasks -- at the max setting the flame produced is a brilliant blue around 2-3" long. That's perfect for persuading auto-suspension components on the California cars I wrench on. For heavier tasks, or rust-belt mechanics, a MAPP torch would be a smarter purchase.
I'm going to subtract one star as the gas-control knob is twitchy and the flame tends to "pulse" if you don't exercise a steady hand. The angle of the actual flame head would be better if it was closer to 90*, but I knew that prior to purchase.
Good valueNov 25, 2013
A great, basic, heavy duty but economical torch head. I was able to purchase cheaper then Amazon on sale then locally. I use it to anneal brass.
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