Florence, South Carolina-based Victor has introduced its Victor Plus Torch, which it describes as “a heavy-duty, high-capacity combination torch [that] features the new CA 2460+ cutting attachment and WH 315FC+ handle.”
The WH 315FC+ handle incorporates built-in flashback arrestors and reverse flow check valves as part of a design that enables higher gas flow capacity, says the company. The Plus can be used with a heating nozzle size of up to No. 15 MFA, while the standard 315 handle can run with only up to a size No. 8, according to the company.
“Victor patented the first torch handle with built-in safety devices, but users know that these devices also restrict flow,” says John Henderson, director of product development for global gas equipment for Victor’s Maryland-based parent firm ESAB Welding & Cutting Products. “Other improvements include increased feature identification, improved field repairability, enhanced control and comfort and added durability.”
The company says the CA 2460+ cutting attachment features a contoured cutting oxygen lever for better ergonomics, and the torch head uses thicker brass designed to improve abrasion resistance. The CA 2460+ and WH 315FC+ will become featured components in Victor’s Journeyman and Performer heavy-duty torch outfits, along with Victor EDGE 2.0 regulators, according to the company.
The WH 315FC+ handle now incorporates markings designed to help less experienced users, including those for fuel and oxygen hose connections and directional arrows for “open” and “close” on the valves. The valves feature new contouring designed to make them easier to grip and turn with a gloved hand.
“No matter how the operator depresses the lever, with his thumb or palm, it’s more comfortable to use, plus makes it easier to feather the cutting oxygen,” says Henderson. “Further, the lever flips up and out of the way to provide access to the plunger, a wear item that needs occasional replacement.”
The new design uses a single brass-on-brass nut and tool to extract the mixer, designed to simplify repair and improve reliability, says Henderson. “Lastly, we added more material to the head of the torch,” says Henderson. “You shouldn’t use a torch as a chipping hammer or chisel, but recognizing how people really use them, the CA 2460+ can now withstand more abrasion.”
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products describes itself as a leader in the welding and cutting industry, offering filler metal, equipment and accessories to customers around the world.