Aluminothermic WeldingWelding and Track Maintenance Equipment

Startwel® Ignition System

The Startwel® Ignition System, developed and patented by Pandrol, allows the welder to easily ignite the weld charge to initiate the pour process of the Pandrol aluminothermic weld, replacing the traditional “sparkler” igniter design.

The ignition system is engineered to fit precisely into the round opening in the lid of the Pandrol Crucible. Once the crucible is prepped and ready to pour, the Startwel® Ignition System can be placed in the lid and deployed safely by removing the metal clip grounding the prongs.

Technical Features

  • Once activated, the Startwel® Ignition System thimble ignites and drops a small amount of liquid charge onto the top of the weld charge inside the crucible, safely and consistently initiating the pour process
  • Activated by touching the prongs on the starter handle with those on the starter, initiating a small electric charge


  • The Startwel® Ignition System cannot be activated until the pin is removed, meaning it is of non-hazardous classification and safe for standard shipping
  • Ignites over 100 starters on one battery charge
  • Designed to fit with the One-Shot Crucible and disposable crucible
Aluminothermic Welding

Startwel® Ignition System

Startwel® Ignition Kit

  • 1 Startwel® Suitcase
    1 Startwel® Suitcase

  • 1 Starter Gun Handle
    1 Starter Gun Handle

  •  1 14.4V battery
    1 14.4V battery

    Battery and battery charger may differ from one pictured.

  • 1 Battery Charger
    1 Battery Charger

    Battery and battery charger may differ from one pictured.

  • 1 Box of 10 Starters
    1 Box of 10 Starters