Recommendations for an O2 reg

  1. MattH

    MattH Member

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    I need a couple of O2 regs for my Fiber laser when it arrives.
    I will be running W bottles of O2 from BOC.

    Most of the time I will be running around 1 bar but this is achieved within the machine via an electronic reg (as the pressure can be set in the software).

    Max cutting pressure will never be more than 2 bar so any reg above 2.5 bar should be fine.

    I want to run two regs at a time via a Y so I don’t have to interrupt cutting to switch bottles (probably getting through a bottle a day to start).

    BOC have quoted me £200 for a reg which seems steep but I don’t want a £30 piece of EBay junk either.

    Can you recommend a decent brand and supplier?
     
  2. Brad93

    Brad93 M J B Engineering

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    Boc crap mate I’d rather have a SWP! And that’s saying something.

    ESAB now own, GasArc, victor and GCE and you can’t go wrong with the victor Edge 2.0 regulators.

    If you need high flow GasArc or GCE will have something to suite.

    GEC regulators very good but I’m not too familiar with the range as I left shortly after they were bought.

    GasArc made in Norfolk.
     
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  3. Brad93

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    Exhaust company I do a bit of work for were sold an BOC regulator. Absolute dog doo. Not fit for purpose. The PA knob turns but doesn’t actually adjust anything.
     
  4. Brad93

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    Make sure you get a two stage regulator. Much better than single stage and will save you some gas.
     
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  5. tom2207 Member

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    I buy gas arc second hand two stage regs ,, thirty quid a pop , and dont have any bother with them at all ,, granted out of test , but for private use Im well happy.
     
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  6. MattH

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  7. MattH

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    I won’t be buying out of test regs!
     
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  8. Brad93

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    I’ve lost the video now but when they came out in the Uk we chucked them down the workshop seeing if we could break them, we couldn’t. Pukka regulators.

    make sure you get the two stage though, the single stage isn’t made to the same high standards
     
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  10. Hood

    Hood If it walks like a duck....

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    These gauges look nice and at a reasonable price.
    Seems they do a Nevoc one as well which is good but so far I ave not managed to find a pic of them to see if they are hand or spanner tighten Nevoc, don't suppose you know @Brad93 ?
     
  11. DavidL

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    Gas arc tech master MS regs often come up on eBay, new, but typically lacking details on date code/stamp . Been my source of (inert) regulators; both of mine were still in. Private hobby use, as above, though.
    Expect to pay about 1/4 new price there (so about 50). A couple on there now if you are prepared to ask the seller for full details.

    (Though just read you're estimating a bottle a day so I'm guessing new *new* won't be prohibitive :) )
     
  12. MattH

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    The Series 4 dual stage Esab regs look like the ticket then.

    At £120 each they are considerably cheaper than BOC.

    I can find Y’s for putting two pipes on one reg bit can’t find the opposite for putting two regs into one pipe.

    Any links people?
     
  13. Hood

    Hood If it walks like a duck....

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    Would you not just be using two short pipes to go from the two regs to the Y and then a single from the Y to the laser?
    If that is the case then the normal type Y's should be fine.
     
  14. MattH

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    The Y’s I’ve seen screw directly onto the reg.

    I can’t just use a hose barb Y as it needs cutoffs.
     
  15. Hood

    Hood If it walks like a duck....

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    All you need to do is make your hoses up with the correct ends.

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  16. Hood

    Hood If it walks like a duck....

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    For machine side
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    For Reg sides.
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  17. Brad93

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    Hand tighten they used to be when I was there
     
  18. Hood

    Hood If it walks like a duck....

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    Excellent, might order one :)
     
  19. Brad93

    Brad93 M J B Engineering

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    Watch the cheap Y splitters. Buy a decent one, gas arc used to make a very nice one. the cheap ones leak after a few actuations.
     
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  20. Brad93

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    I’ll look in the catalogue for you tomorrow mate
     
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