Victor Technologies has released a new straight torch with three-tube design to provide a clearer view of the cutting path. The Victor ST400 also features a high strength alloy material for durability, an ergonomic shape to improve operator comfort, and visual cues on the oxygen and fuel knobs to simplify use and enhance safety.

A contoured handle fits naturally in most operators’ hands and because it is engineered from a zinc-aluminum alloy called Zamak that has three times the tensile strength of brass to resist deformation. The oxygen and fuel valves are color-coded for instant identification by indicating directions for open and closed valve positions.

“Until now, there was no way for an inexperienced worker to effectively and intuitively identify gas valves,” said John Henderson, group brand manager, Victor Technologies. “The ST400 torch provides operators with the visual acuity necessary for safe and effective oxy-fuel cutting, even if English isn’t their first language.”

To increase cutting visibility, the Victor uses a three-tube design (oxy-fuel cutting requires three tubes, one each for fuel gas, pre-heat oxygen and cutting oxygen).

“Our new tube design optimizes cutting area visibility while providing strength and supporting gas flow rate requirements for tip sizes 000 through 6,” said Henderson.

The ST400 uses a universal mixer design and mixes the gases in the head of the torch. Like all Victor torches, it enables operators to use one torch for all fuels (acetylene, propylene, propane, etc.) simply by selecting the correct tips.