Gas Axe makes scrap of heavy metal.

Press Release Summary:

Engineered for demolition and metal scrapping applications, Gas Axe Oxy-Fuel Torch cuts steel up to 24 in. thick. It can be used with oxygen, acetylene, propane-based fuels, and Mapp or natural gas. Torch is available in 3, 4, 5, and 6 ft lengths and with various head angles. Graf-Tite seat material protects cutting tip from nicks and provides gas-tight seating, while heavy-duty manganese bronze head and tube supports resist warping.

Original Press Release:

Smith Equipment's Super Durable Gas Axe Makes Scrap of Heavy Metal

- Cuts steel up to 24-inches thick
- Operates with all fuel gases
- Less tip consumption

WATERTOWN, S.D., 9 December 2005-Smith Equipment, a leading manufacturer of premium oxy-fuel equipment, now offers its new Gas Axe Oxy-Fuel Torch. Engineered for high capacity demolition and metal scrapping applications, the heavy-duty Gas Axe Torch cuts steel up to 24-inches (610 mm) thick. For use with oxygen and any fuel gas such as acetylene, propane-based fuels, Mapp or natural gas, the Gas Axe is a versatile tool that exceeds the needs of the most demanding metal scrapping and demolition operations. To meet a wide range of demolition applications, Smith offers the Gas Axe Torch in 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-foot lengths and with various head angles.

Heavy-Duty Design
Because demolition operations expose torch components to harsh environments, Smith's highly resilient Graf-Tite seat material protects the cutting tip from nicks, provides consistent gas tight seating and requires less cutting tip replacements compared to competitive metal-to-metal seat tip designs. To maximize productivity, Slip-In cutting tips hand tighten without tools, while the Gas Axe's heavy-duty manganese bronze head and tube supports resist warping caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures. Stainless steel ball-style valves provide positive seating and feature drag adjustments for desired valve resistance.

For added resistance against flashbacks and mixing tube burnout, the Gas Axe uses thick stainless steel three-tube construction to keep gases separate until mixed in the tip and features superior Ease-On cutting oxygen to protect the operator from slag blow-back. The Gas Axe features a durable, ergonomic brass-raised rib handle design to create a positive operator grip and a reversible cutting lever, which can be mounted on either the top or the bottom of the torch body.

For more information on Smith's Gas Axe or for more information on any of Smith's safety engineered products like the Dual Guard Torch with in-head flash arrestor, call Smith Equipment Customer Service at 800-843-7912, fax 605-882-2100 or visit

With headquarters in Watertown, SD, Smith Equipment is a leading manufacturer of oxy-fuel cutting, welding and brazing equipment and specialty gas regulators. Smith products are proudly manufactured in the United States with an ISO 9001 Registered Quality System. Smith is a division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), Glenview, IL. ITW is a diversified multinational manufacturer of highly engineered components, assemblies and systems.

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