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Oxy-Fuel Cutting and Your Safety

CAUTION: It is vital to consult a certified technician before performing any sort of equipment tests.

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Handheld Plasma Cutting vs. Oxy Fuel Cutting

Handheld plasma cutting machines and oxy fuel cutting are both very common methods for metal fabrication and repair. Which technology is best? Here are some pros and cons of each.

Pros & Cons of Plasma Cutting Machines

PROS:

  • Can be used to cut any electrically-conductive material (steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, etc.).
  • No pre-heat is required. Simply pull the trigger and cut.
  • Ability to use a drag shield or standoff to maintain perfect tip to work distance.
  • No combustible gases are needed.
  • Faster cut speed on thin material.

 

CONS:

  • Can only cut relatively thin material (<1” in most cases).
  • More expensive equipment.
  • Requires electricity (120VAC or 240VAC for most systems).
  • Requires an air compressor or large volume of bottled gas.
  • Cannot be used for heating or brazing.

 

Pros & Cons of Oxy Fuel Cutting

PROS:

  • Can cut very thick material (<10” in most cases).
  • Can be used to heat or braze.
  • Doesn’t require electricity.
  • Inexpensive equipment.
  • Faster cut on thick material.

 

CONS:

  • Requires combustible gases (acetylene, propane, etc.).
  • The workpiece must be pre-heated prior to cutting.
  • Can only be used to cut carbon steel.
  • Slower cut speed than on thin material.
  • Requires more skill to use effectively.

 

Plasma is the overwhelming choice over oxy fuel on material under about half an inch in most cases. Oxy-fuel torches aren’t going away anytime soon, though. With the versatility they offer to do much more than cutting, we inevitably find ourselves wheeling them out from time to time for jobs where plasma just can’t cut it (pun intended).

Now that you know the pros of plasma cutting outweigh the cons, you may want to look at high-efficiency options for plasma cutting applications. At American Torch Tip well offer an unmatched line of plasma cutting torches & consumables with less than 2º bevel and minimal dross. For more information about plasma cutting, you can view our plasma cutting overview page to learn what plasma cutting products may be right for you.

 

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Automated Plasma or Oxy-fuel: Which is Best for You?

A variety of factors influence whether automated Plasma cutting or Oxy-fuel cutting will produce the best results for your operation. Here are a few things to consider when making that decision.

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Cost-Saving Solutions for Oxy-Fuel

Oxy-fuel cutting, which uses fuel gasses and oxygen to weld and cut metal, comes with a long list of benefits: superiority in cutting thicker materials, portability, versatility, ease of use and low cost-of-entry (as low as $250 to $350 for high-end oxy-fuel equipment) to name a few. And while plasma-arc and laser processes for cutting and welding have started to gain some ground in the past years, oxy-fuel is still the most commonly used method worldwide.

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How Using Alternate Gases Can Increase Cut Quality and Save You Money

Oxy-fuel cutting has been around for more than 100 years, and the most commonly used gas for the process, acetylene, has been around even longer. Its longevity certainly proves that it’s an effective gas for cutting. But is it still the best? Advancements over the past century have led to more quality cutting options, and gas is an important part of that equation. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of not only acetylene, but also alternate gases that can be used in oxy-fuel cutting.

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How to Select the Correct Cutting Tips – Oxy Fuel

4-Step Method of selecting the right cutting tips:

1. Seat Type

2. Metal Thickness

3. Application

4. Fuel-gas

Practical. Powerful. Portable.

Complete oxy-fuel cutting and welding kit with accessories and cutting tipsIn recent years there’s been much discussion about the value of plasma-arc and laser processes for cutting and welding, but oxy-fuel is still the most commonly used method worldwide.

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