Troubleshooting Victor Cutting Attachments & Cutting Torches
Problems, Possible Causes, and Solutions

1. Preheat flame pops periodically.
Tip Nut Loose Tighten the tip nut to 15 ft. lbs. of torque.
Damaged seating surface on tip or torch head Replace the tip or ream out the head.
2. Preheat flame changes when the high pressure oxygen valve is open.
Faulty cutting oxygen valve Replace the cutting oxygen valve.
Worn or missing packing in the cutting oxygen valve. Replace the cutting oxygen valve.
Internal Leakage. Test the torch for internal leaks and repair as required.
Improper oxygen presence. Check the oxygen setting.
3. Torch performance is sluggish or penetration is insufficient.
Wrong tip size Check for proper tip.
Oxygen regulator not delivering proper pressure. Replace the cylinder or regulator.
Restriction in cutting oxygen orifice. Clean the cutting oxygen orifice.
Oxygen hose pinched or clogged. Clear the hoses.
4. Neutral preheating flame cannot be adjusted or low pressure oxygen supply cannot be shut off.
(Cutting attachments) Cone end between cutting attachment and torch is not seating properly. Replace the cone end or ream the head.
Cone end o-rings worn or missing. Replace the o-rings.
5. Leak around the valve stem.
Loose packing nut. Tighten the packing nut.
Damaged packing. Replace the valve stem assembly.
6. Flame flickers during use.
Loose stainless steel balls in the control valves Replace the valve stem assembly.
7. Torch pops excessively.
Obstructions in tip. Clean or replace tip.
The regulator is delivering insufficient gas. Replace the cylinder or regulator.
Low cylinder pressure. Replace the cylinder.
Improper regulator setting. Check for improper regulator setting.
Internal leaks in torch. Test the torch per cutting torches test procedure.
8. Difficulty in maintaining a neutral flame.
Regulator not functioning properly. Test and repair the regulator.
Hoses pinched or clogged. Clear the hoses.
Control valves damaged. Replace the control valves.

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