Harbor Freight Tools Propane Torch Product manual

Owner’s Manual & Safety Instructions
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operating, inspection, maintenance and cleaning procedures. Write the product’s serial number in the
back of the manual near the assembly diagram (or month and year of purchase if product has no number).
Keep this manual and the receipt in a safe and dry place for future reference.
FOR YOUR SAFETY
IF YOU SMELL GAS:
1. Open windows (if indoors).
2. Don’t touch electrical switches.
3. Extinguish any open flame.
4. Immediately call your gas supplier.
FOR YOUR SAFETY
Do not store or use gasoline or
other flammable vapors and
liquids in the vicinity of this or
any other propane‑burning device.
WARNING: Improper installation,
adjustment, alteration, service, or
maintenance can cause injury or
property damage. Refer to this
manual. For assistance or additional
information consult a qualified
service technician, service agency,
manufacturer, or the gas supplier.
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Diagrams within this manual may not be drawn proportionally. Due to continuing
improvements, actual product may differ slightly from the product described herein.
Tools required for assembly and service may not be included.
Read this material before using this product.
Failure to do so can result in serious injury.
SAVE THIS MANUAL.
Important Propane Safety Information for You and Your Family
IF YOU SMELL GAS
PROPANE GAS DETECTORS
1. NO FLAMES OR SPARKS!
Immediately put out all smoking
materials and other open flames.
Do not operate lights, appliances,
telephones, or cell phones.
Flames or sparks from these sources
can trigger an explosion or a fire.
Under some circumstances, you may
not smell a propane leak. Propane gas
detectors sound an alarm if they sense
propane in the air. They can provide
an additional measure of security.
You should consider the purchase of
one or more detectors for your home.
2. LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY!
Get everyone out of the building or
area where you suspect gas is leaking.
GUIDELINES regarding
propane gas detectors:
3. SHUT OFF THE GAS.
Turn off the main gas supply
valve on your propane tank if it is
safe to do so. To close the valve,
turn it to the right (clockwise).
4. REPORT THE LEAK. From a
neighbor’s home or other nearby
building away from the gas leak,
call your propane retailer right away.
If you can’t reach your propane retailer,
call 911 or your local fire department.
5. DO NOT RETURN TO THE BUILDING
OR AREA until your propane
retailer, emergency responder,
or qualified service technician
determines that it is safe to do so.
6. GET YOUR SYSTEM CHECKED.
Before you attempt to use any of
your propane appliances, your
propane retailer or a qualified service
technician must check your entire
system to ensure that it is leak-free.
CAN YOU SMELL IT?
Propane smells like rotten eggs, a skunk’s
spray, or a dead animal. Some people
may have difficulty smelling propane
due to their age (older people may
have a less sensitive sense of smell);
a medical condition; or the effects of
medication, alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.
ODOR LOSS. On rare occasions,
propane can lose its odor.
Several things can cause this including:
•The presence of air, water, or rust
in a propane tank or cylinder
•The passage of leaking
propane through the soil
Since there is a possibility of
odor loss or problems with
your sense of smell, you
should respond immediately
to even a faint odor of gas.
CO DETECTORS CAN IMPROVE
SAFETY. For an extra measure of safety,
consider installing a CO detector listed
by UL on each level of your home.
TO HELP REDUCE THE RISK
OF CO POISONING:
•Have a qualified service technician
check your propane appliances and
venting systems annually, preferably
before the heating season.
•Buy only units that are listed by
•Install UL-listed CO detectors
•Follow the manufacturer’s instructions
•Never use a gas oven or range-top
•Never ignore the smell of propane, even
•Never use portable heaters
APPLIANCE MAINTENANCE
•Never use a barbecue grill
Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
regarding installation and maintenance.
if no detector is sounding an alarm.
LEAVE IT TO THE EXPERTS.
Only a qualified service technician has
the training to install, inspect, service,
maintain, and repair your appliances.
Have your appliances and propane
system inspected just before the
start of each heating season.
DO NOT TRY TO MODIFY OR REPAIR
valves, regulators, connectors, controls, or
other appliance and cylinder/tank parts.
Doing so creates the risk of a gas leak
that can result in property damage,
serious injury, or death.
on every level of your home.
burners to provide space heating.
indoors unless they are designed
and approved for indoor use.
(propane or charcoal) indoors
for cooking or heating.
•Regularly check your appliance
exhaust vents for blockage.
RUNNING OUT OF GAS
DON’T RUN OUT OF GAS.
SERIOUS SAFETY HAZARDS,
INCLUDING FIRE OR
EXPLOSION, CAN RESULT.
•If an appliance valve or a gas line is
left open, a leak could occur when the
system is recharged with propane.
CO AND YOUR SAFETY
•If your propane tank runs
WHAT IS CARBON MONOXIDE (CO)?
You can’t taste or smell CO, but it is a
very dangerous gas. High levels of CO
can come from appliances that are not
operating correctly, or from a venting
system or chimney that becomes blocked.
•A LEAK CHECK IS REQUIRED.
CO CAN BE DEADLY! High levels of CO
can make you dizzy or sick. In extreme
cases, CO can cause brain damage
or death. Symptoms of CO poisoning
include: headache, dizziness, fatigue,
shortness of breath, and nausea.
IF YOU SUSPECT CO IS
PRESENT, ACT IMMEDIATELY!
1. If you or a family member shows
physical symptoms of CO poisoning,
get everyone out of the building and
call 911 or your local fire department.
2. If it is safe to do so, open windows
to allow entry of fresh air, and
turn off any appliances you
suspect may be releasing CO.
out of gas, any pilot lights on
your appliances will go out.
This can be extremely dangerous.
In many states, a propane retailer or
a qualified service technician must
perform a leak check of your propane
system before turning on the gas.
LIGHTING PILOT LIGHTS
IF A PILOT LIGHT REPEATEDLY
GOES OUT or is very difficult to light,
there may be a safety problem.
DO NOT try to fix the problem yourself.
It is strongly recommended that only a
QUALIFIED SERVICE TECHNICIAN
light any pilot light that has gone out.
YOU ARE TAKING THE RISK of
starting a fire or an explosion if you light
a pilot light yourself. Carefully follow
all of the manufacturer’s instructions
and warnings concerning the appliance
before attempting to light the pilot.
3. If no one has symptoms, but you
suspect that CO is present, call
your propane retailer or a qualified
service technician to check CO levels
and your propane equipment.
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WARNING SYMBOLS AND DEFINITIONS
This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert you to potential
personal injury hazards. Obey all safety messages that
follow this symbol to avoid possible injury or death.
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
will result in death or serious injury.
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injury.
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
could result in minor or moderate injury.
Addresses practices not related to personal injury.
Symbol Definitions
Symbol
Property or Statement
Warning marking concerning Risk of
Burns. Wear flame retardant gloves
during use.
WARNING marking concerning
Risk of Eye Injury. Wear ANSI-approved
safety goggles with side shields.
Symbol
Property or Statement
WARNING marking concerning
Risk of Respiratory Injury.
Operate torch OUTSIDE and far away
from windows, doors, and vents.
WARNING marking concerning
Risk of Fire while handling propane.
Do not smoke while handling gas.
Read the manual before
set-up and/or use.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Improper assembly, installation, adjustment, alteration, service, use, or maintenance
can cause property damage, PERSONAL INJURY, or DEATH.
Read all safety warnings and all instructions.
Failure to follow the warnings and instructions may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious injury.
The warnings, precautions, and instructions discussed in this instruction manual cannot cover all possible
conditions and situations that may occur. It must be understood by the operator that common sense and
caution are factors which cannot be built into this product, but must be supplied by the operator.
Save all warnings and instructions for future reference.
Leaking Propane Gas
1. If you smell gas:
a. Shut off gas to the torch.
b. Extinguish any open flame.
c. Do not light a match or
operate an electrical switch.
d. Evacuate the area at once.
2. Propane gas is a gas you cannot see or smell.
Propane gas normally has an odorant added to aid
detection. The odorant smells like “rotten eggs“.
The odorant may fade over time, so leaking gas
may not be detectable by smell alone.
3. Propane gas is heavier than air
and will collect in low areas.
e. Call for professional help.
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Risk of Fire and/or Explosion
1. Do not store extra propane tanks
in the torch work area.
2. If gas is smelled during operation, immediately
close the valve on the propane tank.
Propane gas is odorless. An odor-making
agent is added to propane/LP gas to enable
you to smell the gas if it may be leaking.
3. If the torch shuts off during operation, close the
valve on the propane tank. Check the amount
of gas in the tank and wait 5 minutes for
the gas to clear before restarting. If it
continues to shut off during operation, have
it serviced by a qualified technician.
4. Do not use the torch within 15 feet
of flammable objects such as wood,
trees, overhangs, and umbrellas.
5. Do not store propane near high heat, open flames,
pilot lights, direct sunlight, other ignition sources
or where temperatures exceed 120°F.
6. Do not use in spaces which may contain
volatile or airborne combustibles, or products
such as gasoline, solvents, paint thinner,
dust particles or unknown chemicals.
7. Operate with the propane tank in its vertical
upright position. While in operation, do not tilt or
lean the propane tank on its side. Do not turn the
tank upside down, not even when it seems empty, as
this may cause clogging of valves and components
which could lead to dangerous flare-ups or fire.
8. Do not install or remove the Propane tank while
the torch is lighted, near flames, pilot lights or
other ignition sources or while the torch is hot.
Only do this in an outdoor, well-ventilated area.
9. Remove all packing materials
before using this product.
10. Do not use below ground level.
11. Read instructions provided with propane
tank before connection or use.
Carbon Monoxide Hazard
Burning propane indoors CAN KILL YOU IN MINUTES.
Exhaust from propane-fueled equipment contains carbon monoxide.
This is a poison you cannot see or smell.
NEVER use inside a home, tent, camper, or garage,
EVEN IF doors and windows are open.
Only use OUTSIDE and far away from
windows, doors, and vents.
Early signs of carbon monoxide poisoning resemble the flu, with headaches, dizziness, or nausea.
If you have these signs, this item may not be working properly.
Get fresh air immediately.
DO NOT USE THIS ITEM FOR SPACE HEATING.
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Risk of Burns – Product Gets Very Hot During Use
1. Do not touch the burner while the torch is lit.
Before servicing, wait 30 minutes for it to cool down.
2. Keep children away from the work area.
Operation Precautions
1. Inspect before each use; do not use if parts loose,
leaking, or damaged.
Connect, then check for leaks using soapy water.
Do not use flame to check for leaks.
Only qualified technician may repair product.
2. Close torch gas control knob before connection.
3. Close torch gas control knob after use and before
leaving area. Do not leave unattended while lit.
4. Set up and use according to manual instructions only.
5. Wear ANSI-approved safety goggles with side
shields and flame retardant gloves during use.
6. This torch must be used only with HD-5 propane
gas. The propane tank should hold no more than
20 pounds of LP gas. Do not use bulk tanks of larger
capacity. Do not use any other fuel. The torch must
be used only with a vapor withdrawal LP propane
tank equipped with a POL valve. The tank must
be constructed and marked in such a way as to
comply with the specifications for LP gas tanks by
the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
7. The use of this product must be in conformity
with local codes or, in the absence of local codes,
with the standard for storage and Handling of
Liquefied Petroleum Gases, ANSI/NFPA 58.
For Canada, the use must be in accordance with
the current CAN/CGA B149.2 installation codes.
8. Keep children away. Children must never
be allowed in the work area. Do not let them
handle, move, or adjust this product.
9. Store idle equipment. When not in use, this product
must be stored in a dry location to inhibit rust.
Lock up torches and keep out of reach of children.
10. Use as intended only. Do not alter product
in any way, or use with any accessory not
specifically designed for this product.
11. WARNING: This product contains or, when
used, produces a chemical known to the State
of California to cause cancer and birth defects
or other reproductive harm. (California Health
& Safety Code § 25249.5, et seq.)
12. WARNING: The brass components of this product
contain lead, a chemical known to the State
of California to cause cancer and birth defects
or other reproductive harm. (California Health
& Safety Code § 25249.5, et seq.)
13. Maintain product labels and nameplates.
These carry important safety information.
If unreadable or missing, contact
Harbor Freight Tools for a replacement.
Specifications
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Product Compatibility
For use with Standard 20 lb Barbecue Propane Tanks
Maximum BTU
500,000
Maximum Flame Temperature
3,500° F
Hose Fittings
Handle Fitting: 14 TPI x Ø0.089″
Propane Tank Connection: 1/2″ OD. Male LH
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Setup: Before Use
Read the ENTIRE IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION section at the beginning of this manual
including all text under subheadings therein before set up or use of this product.
Note: For additional information regarding the parts listed in the following pages,
refer to the Assembly Diagram near the end of this manual.
Functions
Gas Control
Knob
Handle
Hose
Connector
Handle
Connector
Burner
Trigger
Wrench
Tank
Connector
Hose
Figure A
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Operation Instructions
Read the ENTIRE IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION section at the beginning of this document
including all text under subheadings therein before set up or use of this product.
TO PREVENT SERIOUS INJURY AND DEATH FROM FIRE:
Have multiple ABC class fire extinguishers nearby.
Be familiar with fire extinguishing techniques before use of this item.
WARNING! Wear ANSI-approved safety goggles with
side shields and flame retardant gloves during use.
6. Open the gas valve on the propane tank. Turn
the Gas Control Knob slightly counterclockwise.
WARNING! Do not use thread seal tape, will weaken
the seal at the connections and can cause leaks.
7. Insert the lit end of a fireplace/barbecue lighter
through one of the slots on the side of the Burner.
1. Turn the Gas Control Knob and the gas
valve on the propane tank off.
8. Adjust the flame to its lowest setting while
maintaining a blue flame with an orange halo.
2. Connect the Hose to the Handle by threading
the Handle Connector onto the Hose Connector.
Tighten securely with the Wrench.
9. To achieve a working flame, depress the
Trigger, then apply flame to work surface.
3. Connect the Hose to the propane tank by threading
the Tank Connector firmly into the propane tank’s
connector. Tighten securely with the Wrench.
4. Turn the Gas Control Knob off. Open the gas
valve on the propane tank and check and
smell for gas leaks. Perform a bubble test:
a. Apply warm soapy water over every
joint, regulator, fitting, and anywhere
else there may be a possible leak.
b. Observe carefully to see if bubbles expand,
indicating a leak. A large leak can blow the
soapy solution away instead of forming bubbles.
c. If leaks are found, do not use the Torch
until the leaks have been stopped.
d. After testing, close the gas valve
on the propane tank.
5. Point the Burner in a safe direction, well away
from people and combustible materials.
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10. Release the Trigger to return to low flame.
11. When finished:
a. Close the propane tank’s valve.
b. Allow remaining propane to flow out of the
Burner until the flame extinguishes itself.
c. Turn the Gas Control Knob completely clockwise.
d. Disconnect Hose from propane tank.
e. Let Torch cool completely on a
non-flammable surface.
12. Store propane tank in an area where there is free
air circulation, at least 10 ft from building openings
(such as windows and doors), and at least 20 ft
from air intakes of air conditioning and ventilating
systems. Tightly install threaded valve plug (not
included) into disconnected propane tank.
13. Store the Torch in a safe, dry place,
covered to protect it from dust and dirt.
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Inspection, Maintenance, and Cleaning
Procedures not specifically explained in this manual
must be performed only by a qualified technician.
Any guard or other protective device removed for servicing must be replaced before operation.
TO PREVENT SERIOUS INJURY FROM ACCIDENTAL OPERATION:
Close the valve on the propane tank, allow the product to cool for at least 30 minutes, and
disconnect the propane tank before performing any procedure in this section.
TO PREVENT SERIOUS INJURY FROM TOOL FAILURE:
Do not use damaged equipment. If abnormal noise or vibration
occurs, have the problem corrected before further use.
1. BEFORE EACH USE, inspect the general
condition of the product. Check for:
• check all gas fittings for tightness,
2. AFTER USE, wipe external surfaces
of the tool with clean cloth.
• misalignment or binding of moving parts,
3. STORE this product in a clean, dry location out of
reach of children. If storing indoors, first shut off and
remove the propane tank and leave it outdoors.
• cracked or broken parts,
Record Product’s Serial Number Here:
• any other condition that may affect
its safe operation, and
Note: If product has no serial number,
record month and year of purchase instead.
• do a leak test using soapy water,
see number 4 on page 7.
Note: Replacement parts are not available for this item.
• loose hardware,
Limited 90 Day Warranty
Harbor Freight Tools Co. makes every effort to assure that its products meet high quality and durability standards, and warrants
to the original purchaser that this product is free from defects in materials and workmanship for the period of 90 days from the
date of purchase. This warranty does not apply to damage due directly or indirectly, to misuse, abuse, negligence or accidents,
repairs or alterations outside our facilities, criminal activity, improper installation, normal wear and tear, or to lack of maintenance.
We shall in no event be liable for death, injuries to persons or property, or for incidental, contingent, special or consequential
damages arising from the use of our product. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damages, so the above limitation of exclusion may not apply to you. THIS WARRANTY IS EXPRESSLY IN LIEU OF ALL
OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS.
To take advantage of this warranty, the product or part must be returned to us with transportation charges prepaid. Proof of
purchase date and an explanation of the complaint must accompany the merchandise. If our inspection verifies the defect, we will
either repair or replace the product at our election or we may elect to refund the purchase price if we cannot readily and quickly
provide you with a replacement. We will return repaired products at our expense, but if we determine there is no defect, or that
the defect resulted from causes not within the scope of our warranty, then you must bear the cost of returning the product.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
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