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Air carbon Arc Cutting (Gouging)


Air carbon arc cutting, previously known as air arc cutting, is an arc cutting process where metal is cut and melted by the heat of a carbon arc. Molten metal is then removed by a blast of air. It employs a consumable carbon or graphite electrode to melt the material, which is then blown away by an air jet.

This process is useful for cutting a variety of materials, but it is most often used for cutting, and gouging aluminum, copper, iron, magnesium, and carbon and stainless steels. Because the metal is blown away by the air jet, it does not need to be oxidized. This process differs from plasma cutting operations because in air carbon cutting, an open, or un-constricted, arc is used, and the arc operates separately from the air jet.

Air pressures for the jet usually vary from 60 to 100 psi. The carbon electrode can be worn away by oxidation from heat buildup. This can be reduced by coating the carbon electrodes with copper.

The sharpened carbon electrode is drawn along the metal, an arc forms and melts the metal. The air jet is then used to blow away molten material. This can be dangerous as the molten material can be blown substantial distances.The process is also very noisy.


Here is the Goldarc Series, industrial work machine, delivers premium stick welding and air carbon arc cutting (gouging). Its smooth, low spatter arc provides consistent result day-in and day-out for welding a wide variety of materials.

VS-620T is especially suited for critical welding applications using low hydrogen, cellulose and stainless steel electrodes. Proven, time-tested reliability makes this the power source for all types of stick welding needs.



  • Smooth, consistent arc.

  • Easy to set calibrated output knob.

  • Traditional design for demanding industrial environments.

  • Conserve floor space with stackable case design.

  • All weather protection for field construction.

  • Fan-cooled for extra thermal protection.




  • Gouging

  • TIG (Optional)


Typical Usage:-

  • Fabric plate work

  • Matal tank

  • Farms

  • Construction

  • Metal works

  • Steel building erection

  • Pipe welding

  • Maintenance

  • Shipbuilding

  • Foundries

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