standard-title What Makes XP8 Different?

What Makes XP8 Different?

The World’s Most Productive Welding Torch

The XP8 is a fresh approach. It has been designed around today’s production environment, modern welding techniques and equipment.
The XP8 sets new standards in design, innovation and performance.

What Makes XP8 Different?

80% Duty Cycle

In recent years guidelines laid down by the European Standard EN60974-7 have served to harmonise global understanding of Mig welding torch performance.

The ratings of European torches were traditionally based on a 5-minute cycle where a 60% duty cycle was defined as 3 minutes weld time and 2 minutes downtime. American torches were traditionally rated over a 10-minute cycle where a 60% duty cycle represents 6 minutes weld time and 4 minutes downtime.

The new standards have resulted in the duty cycles of many European torch brands being downgraded in performance due to the
extended welding period.

Competitive pressures have also resulted in Mig torches becoming disposable items and while the user may save on initial cost, the loss of performance and durability is ultimately false economy.

Duty cycles quoted by some manufacturers are at best misleading and often fictitious. In line with EN60974-7 a duty cycle of a torch specifies the number of minutes within a 10-minute period during which a welder can operate at a particular welding current and voltage.

The XP8 air cooled torch models are rated at 80% and will weld continuously for 8 minutes at their given ratings. The XP8 water-cooled torches are rated at 100% duty cycle and will weld continuously.

  Mixed Gas (80/20)  
  Model Amps kW Duty Cycle  
x XP8-200A 200 6.0 80% x

  XP8-300A 300 8.7 80%  

  XP8-350A 350 10.5 80%  

  XP8-400A 400 12.0 80%  

  XP8-320W 320 9.6 100%  

  XP8-450W 450 15.8 100%  

In order to provide a more precise method of selecting the correct torch required for a given application and process we now quote the maximum rated output in kilowatts for each XP8 torch, an industry first.

Build with great partners

As agents for Parweld Ltd, Wescol Ltd, Omega, Stevens Industrial Services, Taurus Electrode, Welding Material Sales and Wilsecure, all our products meet stringent safety regulations ensuring operator safety.

  • Parweld
  • Omega
  • Callington
  • Oetiker
  • WMS
  • Taurus
  • Wescol
  • Bullfinch
  • Wilsecure
  • Felder
  • Stevens Industrial