Cut Rod is a fast-working electrode used for cutting and piercing all metals including austenitic steels and cast iron. This electrode is frequently used for removing rivets and bolts, enlarging openings, trimming metals, etc. Cut Rod may be used with AC or DC (straight polarity) onmost welding machines. Using the recommended amperage, hold the electrode at a 45° angle, strike the arc and use a “sawing” technique to cut through the base metal. Be sure to keep the arc gap as short as possible. To pierce holes, simply hold the electrode vertical, strike the arc and push through the base metal, removing the electrode immediately once the hole is made. The size of the hole may be increased by moving the electrode in a circular motion. Cut Rod does not require gases or special equipment such as aircompressors.