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    Well after research online, welding tips and tricks dude said that 2% thoriated and lanthinated will work for ac, and dc applications. the lanthinated holds the tip a little longer, but does not break as easy as the lanthinated.

    can i get away with buying just one tungsten?

  • #2
    What machine are you using?
    Inverter or transformer tig?
    It is my understanding that the Ceriated tungsten will work on ac or dc current.
    All I use is 2% thoriated (red), but I dont tig with ac. Just dc- with a transformer power source.
    Pure tungsten is what I'd use for ac tig with a transformer power source.
    Lincoln Idealarc 250
    Miller Bobcat 250
    Thermal Arc Hefty 2 feeder
    Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52
    Torchmate CNC table


    • #3
      I use 2% lanthanated witn my Dynasty (inverter) and used ceriated with my Syncrowave 250. Not sure what works best with a sine wave machine.
      Dynasty 300DX
      Hobart Handler 120
      Smith LW7, MW1, AW1
      Smith AR/He Mixer


      • #4
        2% Lanthanated works for everything and works well. Thoriated makes little finger projections on AC and pure just balls up easily. Lanthanated makes a tiny ball on a sharp tip.


        • #5
          I like 2% Thoriated for everything. Pure didn't last very long for AC. 2% Thoriated seems to handle a little contamination without having to re-grind as often.
          Lincoln Vantage 400
          Trailblazer® 302 Air Pak™

          Miller Dynasty® 350
          Millermatic 350P Aluminum
          Millermatic® 252
          Syncrowave 351
          Lincoln LN-25 Pro

          Multimatic™ 200

          XR-Aluma Pro Gun
          Diversion™ 180

          Spectrum® 625 X-TREME™

          Thermal Dynamics® Cutmaster® 52
          Victor Oxy/Acetylene Set


          • #6
            Has anyone ever tried the e3 tungstens?
            MillerMatic 251
            Maxstar 150 STH
            Cutmaster 42
            Victor Journeyman OA

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