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TECH TIPS: Choosing the right torch for your oxyfuel application

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With oxyfuel outfits come an array of choices for the torch, including both straight and combo selections. PHOTO courtesy ESAB University.

This TECH TIPS is provided by the experts at ESAB University

Invented more than 100 years ago, oxyfuel remains one of the most popular metal-forming processes today. It’s simple, flexible, portable, and affordable when compared to arc welding and plasma cutting systems.

Yet, with oxyfuel outfits come an array of choices for the torch, including both straight and combo selections. If you’re looking for the right one of your needs, consider safety, performance and durability differences, along with the following.

When to Use a Straight Torch

Oxyfuel torches come in two basic types. If you only plan to cut or gouge, then a straight torch offers the most benefits. Because they are simpler, they also cost less, while still being extremely rugged too. Straight torches come in longer reach options and very high output models, as well, for use in structural steel, steel mill and scrap applications.

When to Use a Combo Torch

Combination torches offer straight torches used strictly for cutting AND combination torches – which feature a handle that accepts attachments for cutting, heating, welding and brazing. Welding and brazing use the same style tip. Torch handles and attachments are sold separately, so you can simply start with the ones you need and then buy additional pieces later.

Many people start with an “outfit,” which includes the torch handle and various combinations of attachments and tip sizes. Outfits can also include the gas hose, oxygen and fuel regulators, tip cleaner, striker, goggles, tip charts and operator’s manual.

Whether you opt for a straight torch or combo all depends on your welding and cutting needs, along with how much you’re willing to invest. Both are excellent choices and there are many models available that will help you perform at your best.

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