PORTABLE WELDING WITH OXY-ACETYLENE










A portable oxy acetylene torch is the best piece of equipment that you can have in a shop because you can weld and cut with this equipment and it will not cost you thousands. You can get a good name brand torch with all attachments and regulators for $200 or $300 bucks. You can rent the tanks at a good welding gas supplier. The tanks will mount in a welding cart that will have a chain that will lock across the tank to keep them from falling out. The cart will have a box in the back so you can store all your tips, gloves, goggles and torch and other things needed. The cart looks like a dolly so you can roll it where you need it.

The outfit will have an oxygen and acetylene tank as you may already know by now. The regulators will screw in the proper tank. The regulator will be color coded so you don't mix them up, the oxygen regulator will have green on it and the acetylene will have red on it. Just one word of caution, do not let the acetylene tank regulator get over 15 psi!!! Or you could blow up the tank and I don't want to think what you would look like. Acetylene is a very unstable gas, so be very careful with it. Oxygen tanks are very dangerous also, you may not think oxygen is, but under pressure it can ignite so no welding or cutting next to the tanks and watch out for the hoses that they don't get holes in them or you may have a nice fire display.

Acetylene when used with oxygen can produce a flame approximately 6300 degrees F. The oxy acetylene welding equipment, called the torch mixes the two gases together and it also controls the volume of the welding or cutting flame. The handle will have two knobs for both the gases at the lower part of the torch. They are made of hard brass, copper-nickel alloy and stainless steel.

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