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Old 06-25-2004, 12:20 PM
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Default Carbon arc welder

What's the story on this thing??:

Looks interesting, does it use 110v household current, looks like it has a two blade plug near the bottom of the pic? What would it be used on? Were those common at all? I've never seen one.

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Old 06-25-2004, 12:27 PM
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I believe the correct name for those things is a Carbon Arc Torch, the only thing I've seen them used for is gouging out welds. A friend of mine has one that is just a few years newer than that one and is run by a small 110V arc welder.
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Old 06-25-2004, 12:31 PM
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This looks like it's made to connect to a battery, or bank of batteries. see the big clip on one lead, its missing on the other one. Many years ago I bought a "Wards Powercraft" carbon arc torch for my Sears Buzzbox. It put out a lot of heat. I intended to braze with it. But with a #11 lens, you couldn't see the puddle and color change in the metal good. I probably still have it someware in the Magic Garage??
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Old 06-25-2004, 12:36 PM
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I had one of them Ward's torches before I got an oxy/act rig. It made a nice bright light and you could sort of braze with it.
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Old 06-25-2004, 02:39 PM
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These units are to be used with an AC buzz box. They have a leaver on them that opens and closes the gap between the corbon rods. An arc flame is produced when the ends of the rods come together. Used for heating stuff up and brazing.
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Old 06-25-2004, 02:57 PM
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This is going to give away my age some. When I was in HS shop, we learned to braze with them. The teacher would take 1 qt. oil cans (yes, they used to be round and made of steel) and punch holes in them. We then proceeded to braze the holes shut. I've still got a carbon arc torch laying around, and really do prefer it for brazing. When you want heat, those things give it to you - like right now.

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