Carbon arc gouging torch
- November 21, 2018
The Arcair brand of ESAB has been expanded with the addition of the AirPro X4000 torch and cable.
While current torch models require 27 lbs. of grip pressure to open the torch, the AirPro X4000 opens the torch pneumatically. When the operator pushes the rocker switch, the AirPro X4000 torch utilizes compressed air already flowing through the torch to open the torch jaws for operators to effortlessly insert, adjust and remove carbons. As an added benefit, elimination of the lever assembly creates a lower profile torch for improved access.
The rocker switch also controls the compressed air on/off function so that no air flows through the torch or cable without the operator initiating the flow. When in use, a latch mechanism locks the rocker switch in position reducing hand fatigue. The new “no-leak” air valve saves electricity and maintenance costs of the shop air compressor.
“Compressor operation and maintenance can be one of the hidden costs of carbon arc gouging,” says Jeff Henderson, global business manager for torches and exothermic cutting systems, ESAB. “By eliminating air leaks while the torch is idle, the AirPro X4000 reduces compressor use and associated costs. In some applications and conditions, the energy savings can pay for the initial cost of the torch in a few months.”
The AirPro X4000 torch and cable are rated for use with 1000-amp systems. The torch accepts 3/16- to ½-in (0.476- to 1.27-cm) pointed round, 3/8-in (0.95-cm) and 5/8-in (1.59-cm) flat and 5/8-in (1.59 cm) half round carbons.