Demonstration Of The Carbon Arc Torch




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Hiipurcult Ure: this carbon arc is such an astounding piece of history...probably unrelated to most of the rest of the comments...but i was just reading into some star wars sound engineering crap and, among multiple layers of other real world sounds, this carbon arc was used as the hits and sparks of colliding lightsabers

Brian Wynn: were did you get that 

Thomas Spurr: >flame >welding hat >ac >positive and negative wires lol overall good video

Michael Smith: In my experience, I've used much lower current than what you are for that size rod. You may want to consider 60-75 amps- should make the rods last longer. Otherwise, good video.

outinthewoodsnf: Nice torch setup, I have the same welder but I don't have the torch, do u think I could clamp the ground to the work and use 1 carbon rod to arc to the work to heat the metal?,,,, I need to redden metal for bending mostly

Gary N: used this when i was younger, got thinking one day and cut a brick with it. think the flame is around 9-10,000 degrees

donyboy73: @halfmumi probably not

ShotsloppyD: You want it to be more accurate? Try sharpening them like a pencil- only slightly longer tip, same type cone point... (sharpen lengthwise so you'll have striations rather than rings...) and turn the amps down slightly. Those of you with dials are in luck for fine tuning. For 1/8" metal you only need about 40-60 amps. Higher for bronze and copper. Superb video. p.s. That's an arc not a flame. :-D

donyboy73: @AaronDittmer yes but it's not a clean cut

donyboy73: @6013welder it might but may be very weak

karpiel704: Hi there i have just purchased a Weldmate 140 SIP Welder, (The red one quite small) Anyway i hve this torch, What type of electrode do you use in the torch and what rod do i need to weld with as new at this but would like to get the right bits to start with as im going to brazing/welding 1mm metals together on mini bike exhausts and such, thankyou for the grreat video

Dnuccio95ZJ: would this work with a 90 amp mig welder?

oobuc5: here in the uk we are on 250v @50cycles your on 110 @60cycles dont know what the end product infuence would be there but here when i was useing one we had what they called chemicaly cooled carbon arc rods i used to buy the 8mm ones although they did sell 6mm ones,i found that the higher the amps the shorter they lasted 20amp,s was fine for me . I did try solid carbon once but they did not hold a steady flame [ark ] corred ones did a nice steady flame for brazing . good luck:

NOBOX7: @ShotsloppyD actualy it is a flame, the carbon burns in this process

oobuc5: allo,i used one of these in the 70,s for brazing sills and innersills on cars ,but i only used 20amps ,i have not seen that type of torch before ,i still have have 2 of my torches ,one is a sissor type and the other is a slider type ,the sissor type is best. allways use a head mask and never gogles as i once did ,i ended up looking like beetroot . oobuc5:

technoman53: This technology predates WWI and I think the Civil War. Arc lamps have been around since the early 1800's. I don't know when people figured out how to use it for welding though.

donyboy73: @halfmumi that should work, i was thinking of something else. did u ever think of getting a mig welder?

donyboy73: @halfmumi that's neat

robviolin1: That is very good information. Thank you very much.

oobuc5: @pivotboy63 yes i only used them on 20amps .

Peter Read: thumbs up if you love lincoln electric gear

Aaron Dittmer: @donyboy73 Ok thanks!

ShotsloppyD: @xarlock667 You're close... but that process is called Carbon Arc Cutting. There's a special torch manufactured for that as well. Donyboy73, you're welcome... How's the progress?

donyboy73: @pivotboy63 not sure

donyboy73: @mts0628 lol, actually carbon arc is old technology. i'd like to get a plasma

faffaflunkie: These things get so hot you have to be careful that they don't consume your welding electrode!

Yukon Heart: HOw much amperage do you need to cut metal I have an old foreny arc welder that goes to 200 AMp

donyboy73: @ShotsloppyD thanks for the tips

MrCinimod93 .: i have seen carbon arc gouger to cut steel using one rod and air jets on the holder and the ground clamp on the piece of steel but never a torch to heat mettle i want one now that i have seen it the rods are something like 17 cents a piece bulk it world be creeper than oxie acetylene for what i would use it

Fievel Mousekewitz: carbon-arc is rarely used? Maybe that older style... If I had to remove a lot of material in short order there's no tool I'd rather use. It's fairly accurate and sheds metal like water. Then again, not much can stand up to 900A :\

Bruce Byers: Great video - needed a quick refresher and I got it. Especially liked the comments that provided information I could have used 100 times if I'd realized it: the comparison to Oxy-Acet welding, the use for heating and not just brazing and things like that. The only question I had was any other way to power this: is it DC or AC? An old science class trick was to fill a large jar with salt water, and run raw AC through it, adjusting the salt level to control the current. If you are on a desert isl

donyboy73: i usually only use between 90-120

Rhyginpb: No this wont work with a mig welder, and to the guy who asked about the high pressure airstream its called an air arc they are painfully loud and work the same way only you have one rod thats attached to a modified clamp with an air nozzle hooked to the electrode holder and an air compressor and the other side of it is just your normal ground cable, then you touch the rod to it and it quite precisely removes metal slowy though, works good for dismantling or cleaning out bad welds.

donyboy73: @dvd0505 maybe brazing but it is somewhat difficult

donyboy73: i wish they were more accurate though

Aaron Dittmer: Can you cut 1/2" steel with a Torch like this??

stenmk2AC: The best way to run this is with the Lincoln Tombstone AC 225 welder; these torches used to be included with this machine. connect it up to the AC Supply, and don't run it any hotter than the 105 amps, as it shows. He was running it wide open, but you can run it on the lowest setting of the welder, up to the 105 range. Can run on DC, but one electrode will wear much faster than the other. This is an AC procedure for best results. Andy C.

donyboy73: @halfmumi never tried that

donyboy73: interesting

Josiah Hanna: My dad has one of those. He bought it back in the 70s. Very cool.

David Chong: can u do some welding using carbon arc ? thank for your sharing

donyboy73: and it's cheap to use too

oobuc5: allo,i used one of these in the 70,s for brazing sills and innersills on cars ,but i only used 20amps ,i have not seen that type of torch before ,i still have have 2 of my torches ,one is a sissor type and the other is a slider type ,the sissor type is best. allways use a head mask and never gogles as i once did ,i ended up looking like beetroot .the rods that i used were were corred and produced a steady flame or arc if your picky. oobuc5:

Michael DiVincent: Thats a pretty good arc using only 105 amps. Great job!

donyboy73: NOT SURE ABOUT THE SALT WATER, LOL, BUT THIS ONE I run on ac around 90-120 amps

xarlock667: Have you tried taking a high pressure air stream and blowing it across the arc? Sounds like the basis of a plasma torch.

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