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Pure oxygen is awesome stuff — combine it with with a fuel source, and it can produce a brilliant flame capable of burning through nearly anything. The traditional fuel source for Oxy-Metal cutting has been compressed acetylene; but now Petrogen offers a cutting system that uses regular gasoline.

Their gasoline cutting torch outperforms its acetylene cousin in several ways, and especially in fuel cost savings. Two and a half gallons of regular pump gas can do the work of approximately 250 cubic feet of acetylene, offering greater portability as well as significant savings — even with increasing gas prices.

The basic Petrogen kit includes the specialized cutting torch, cutting tips, and hoses, as well as Petrogen’s gasoline tank. They also offer a heavy rescue kit — it includes longer hoses, for access to the interior of structures. You’ll have to bring your own O2 tank in either case.

The system is capable of some serious cutting — check out their sales video to see it cut through what looks to be at least an 8″ piece of stock in no time. As to price, they’re a bit cagey, which usually means I can’t afford one. You’ll have to give ’em a call to find out for yourself.

Petrogen Cutting System [Safequip]


4 Responses to Cutting With Gas

  1. Hutch says:

    Here is the manufacturer’s website: http://www.petrogen.com/

  2. scubasteve says:

    Wow. I want one. I have absolutely no use for one whatsoever. But I want one. 🙂

  3. Mountain Jim says:

    I saw the inventor, Milt Heft demonstrate this torch at ConExpo back in the early 1980’s. I am happy to see that they are being manufactured and sold by his family. Good old American ingenuity!

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