Bought a Lincoln torch 35 years ago one day a seal in a regulator popped still had original hoses on it !!
Couldn't find parts for it so bought a new Harris torch. Doesn't feel as well made however I suspect most New torches don't have the quality of the old ones.
So my point is a local welding supplier with parts might be something to consider. Most big box stores sell torches however if you need parts or warranty you will need to look elsewhere.
Been using the Harris set I started with as an apprentice for 15 years.
I would say a good bit of the longevity one sees out of a torch set depends on the operator. Seen many people blatantly abuse their sets only to wind up with burned up tips and stuck regulators.
My Victor set is is 45 years old. Replaced the hoses a couple of years ago. It's the smaller aircraft size handles and small tanks about 2' tall on a two wheeled cart. Works great and has been used a lot. Stick with the couple of brand names mentioned and you can't go wrong.
Flametch has some good bang for the buck. Believe it's imported, not sure if the bigger names are still made stateside, unlikely for anything big box. Set has worked well for me for 5 years of very intermittent use anyway. Bought it from an indie welding supply store.
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