Rothenberger Super-Fire 2 Brazing Torch
I write as an amateur plumber, though I have put a few miles of pipe into a number of houses over the last 40 years.
I bought this based on the reviews after my old blowtorch gave up the ghost after 20 odd years.
I did not like the price at all, and considered the Â£30 cheaper model but it does not have a flame adjuster. So I got this and am very impressed.
* Ignition works like a dream.
* Flame consistent at any angle (major hazard with my old cheapo).
* It seems to get joints ready for soldering in half the time of my previous unit.
* Flame fairly concentrated, which is safe
* All the parts seem to be replaceable with a decent spares service (not tried it but it looks like they take this seriously).
* Instant flame-off when you release your finger (unless you use the lock-on).
The only thing I don't like is that the height, with a large canister, is considerable, and it's a little heavier. But the relatively narrow neck makes it very manoeuvrable and all the above features make it an awful lot safer than my old unit.
23 Mar 2015
What a fabulous move forward for an old DIY'er. No often involved with plumbing tasks but was impressed when I saw this item used by a recent visit of a BG engineer. Having struggled for years with the old 'blow torch' flaring when not vertical this was truly magnificent. Not to mention the ease of igniting and controlling the flame along with shut down.
Highly recommended :-)
2 Mar 2015
If you are still using an old fashioned gas torch then get one of these.
It is a shame though that Screwfix only sell the torch with gas via mail order.
Buy in-store and it costs a lot more.
28 Nov 2014
Safer than DIY'ers kit
I bought one of these because my old DIY torch was a liability when working on an old house.
This new Rothenberger torch goes from off to lit and useful in a second, it is well made and a joy to use.
I've found my plumbing is actually better when I don't have to keep stopping to light and then turn off the torch - just pick it up, click the igniter and you're in business!
Can't recommend enough. No reliability rateing yet, only had it a few days.
17 Sep 2014