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CHAPTER 9

 

Oxygen-Acetylene Torch

The oxygen-acetylene (oxy-acetylene) torch is arguably one of the most versatile metalworking tools in existence. With no other tool can you weld, cut, bend, and more—all without electricity. As you learned earlier in this book, oxy-acetylene welding and electrical welding were developed around the same time during the 1800s. The speed and focused heat of electrical welding made it more useful in industry, and not many more advancements were made to oxy-acetylene welding after World War I. However, oxy-acetylene torch work never died out. For one thing, the setup was still the most efficient way to cut through steel, something that wouldn’t be achieved with electrical power until the middle of the twentieth ...

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