The key to making the most economical cutting torch system lies in the fuel, gasoline.
Using regular liquid gasoline instead of acetylene as your cutting fuel means savings across the board. You will save in the direct cost of the fuel, transportation and delivery charges, through increased productivity and for propane customers, in oxygen consumption. Petrogen adds the additional value of providing a lifetime warranty against defect on all its products.
Savings in the fuel. The standard 2 gallon Petrogen tank filled with regular gasoline provides 10 continuous hours of trigger down cutting time. That is $8.00 worth of gasoline. When comparing the cost of fuel with other oxy-fuel torches, Petrogen has no rival. To give you a comparison, the amount of cutting you would accomplish with 1 large cylinder of acetylene (250 cu/ft) can now be done with 2 gallons of gasoline. That's about $8.00 worth of gasoline compared $180.00 for acetylene to do the same work, a 240% savings.
Savings in fuel logistics and availability. Petrogen fuel is ordinary gasoline, available at every gasoline station around the world. Any type of gasoline will work as long as it is free of contaminates and not more than 4 months old (gasoline has a shelf life). You can even siphon Petrogen fuel out of the gas tank of your car or truck in a pinch. You will always have a ready supply of fuel for cutting. The fuel for your cutting job is now available anytime day or night. Get rid of downtime waiting for a delivery truck!
Savings in oxygen consumption. The Petrogen System will use about 30% less oxygen on an equivalent tip size and cut than a propane system, and about the same amount of oxygen as an acetylene system. Of particular note is that Petrogen’s use of gasoline as its fuel enables us to operate with PSA generated oxygen. PSA Generators (Pressure Swing Adsorption) produce medical grade oxygen of 90% purity, and Petrogen can utilize this lower percentage of oxygen without significant loss of performance. Oxy fuel torches that use compressed gasses require 99% purity in order to function. PSA Oxygen Generators come in many capacities, the smaller units will produce 2 large cylinders a day, the largest can produce 100 per day. While a PSA Oxygen Generator might not be cost effective in all cases it can certainly solve oxygen logistical problems for remote and isolated regions.
Savings through increased productivity. By cutting steel faster the job is done quicker and the difference in labor and overhead is saved. Acetylene outperforms propane, but gasoline far outperforms acetylene. High performance means more work done in less time. That's money in the bank. As traditional oxy fuel torches cut thicker steel, they slow down, but not Petrogen! As you get into thicker and thicker steel, Petrogen will cut from 200% to 400% faster, without turning up the fuel or oxygen. Petrogen’s advantage lies in our fuel, gasoline. Gasoline holds more BTU’s than compressed gas fuels, enabling us to make cuts impossible for any other oxy fuel system. We can cut through rust and paint, through layered gaps, and punch holes 10 inches deep. Due to the 100% oxidizing flame, cuts are made cleanly with no residual molten steel to re-weld cuts together saving you even more time.
Savings on consumables. Two very important benefits result from using gasoline as a fuel, and lend to extraordinary long tip life. The cooling effect which occurs as the gasoline goes from a liquid to a vapor state, and the chemical nature of gasoline which provides a higher BTU potential in the cutting flame. When gasoline evaporates it produces a refrigeration effect that keeps the head of the torch and the cutting tip cool, lessening the potential for overheating and burning up the tip and head of the torch. The flame produced by gasoline has many more BTU’s of energy, extending the hottest part of the flame way down into the secondary flame, which allows for a quite sizable coupling distance when cutting steel. This combined cooling affect and versatile coupling distance mean that with a little care you should never burn up a tip again. Even if you are punching a hole and there is going to be some splash back into the tip, the gasoline flame is 100% oxidizing and that splash will contain no molten steel. With only carbon being thrown back at the tip in such cuts, there should be no clogged tips. With proper care a Petrogen tip can last for years.
Savings by switching to Petrogen. In order to give you some idea of what you can save by switching your cutting operation to Petrogen we offer you this scenario. Let’s say we have a small scrapping business with some very steady work. Among some other tools, this scrapper consistently runs two acetylene torches year round, using on average 5 large 250cu/ft acetylene cylinders per week. The average cost of this size cylinder being $189.00, that’s $945.00 per week, and for the whole year $49,140.00 If one 250cu/ft acetylene cylinder is the equivalent of 2 gallons of gasoline used in the Petrogen system, then Petrogen would use about 10 gallons of gasoline per week to do the job at $40.00, and per year about $2080.00. That’s a $47,060.00 savings! In order to switch over to Petrogen the scrapper will need two systems, plus some consumables, let’s say about $5000 worth of goods. The savings in fuel cost alone if this scrapper switches from his acetylene torches to Petrogen torches is $47,060.00. Even with the initial cost of the Petrogen equipment he will still be saving $42,060.00 in his first year. The two new Petrogen units paid for themselves within the first two months of purchase!