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OXYGAS CUTTING EQUIPMENT

An oxygas cutting outfit usually consists of a cylin­der of acetylene or MAPP gas, a cylinder of oxygen, two regulators, two lengths of hose with fittings, and a cutting torch with tips (fig. 4-1). An oxygas cutting outfit also is referred to as a cutting rig.

In addition to the basic equipment mentioned above, numerous types of auxiliary equipment are used in oxygas cutting. An important item is the spark igniter that is used to light the torch (fig. 4-2, view A). Another item you use is an apparatus wrench. It is similar in design to the one shown in figure 4-2, view B. The apparatus wrench is sometimes called a gang wrench because it fits all the connections on the cutting rig. Note that the wrench shown has a raised opening in the handle that serves as an acetylene tank key.

Other common accessories include tip cleaners, cyl­inder trucks, clamps, and holding jigs. Personal safety apparel, such as goggles, hand shields, gloves, leather aprons, sleeves, and leggings, are essential and should be worn as required for the job at hand. Information on safety apparel is also contained in chapter 3 of this text.

Oxygas cutting equipment can be stationary or port­able. A portable oxygas outfit, such as the one shown in figure 4-3, is an advantage when it is necessary to move the equipment from one job to another.

To conduct your cutting requirements, you must be able to set up the cutting equipment and make the required adjustments needed to perform the cutting op­eration. For this reason it is important you understand the purpose and function of the basic pieces of equip­ment that make up the cutting outfit. But, before discuss­ing the equipment, let's look at the gases most often used in cutting: acetylene, MAPP gas, and oxygen.

Figure 4-1.-Oxygas cutting outfit.

Figure 4-2.-(A)Spark igniter; (B) apparatus wrench.

Figure 4-3.-A portable oxygas cutting and welding outfit.

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