Steel-Tubular Electrode Cutting Technique : Thin plate.
When cutting steel plate which is 1/4-inch thick or less with Steel-Tubular electrodes, use the following technique. This technique is slightly different from that used on thick plate. Instead of maintaining the electrode tip in the cut and pressing against the lip of the advancing cut, the tip should barely touch the plate surface as it advances along the line of cut.
When visibility is poor, an alternate technique can be used. Hold the electrode perpendicular to the plate until the cut is started through the full thickness. Then, angled at
approximately 45 degrees to the plate and in the direction of the cut, proceed as if cutting a thicker plate. The effective thickness of the plate is increased and normal pressure can
be applied to the electrode.
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