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  • XMT-304 What do I need to TIG

    I recently purchased a used XMT-304 CC/CV with leads for stick welding. What do I need to get in order to have TIG welding capability? I was thinking that all I would need is a torch and a remote, however, I don't see any gas fittings on the unit, so I'm guessing that I'm going to need something else. I have never TIG welded before, just thinking it might be something I could learn. Is this machine a good starting point for TIG? Thanks
    Last edited by HTZ; 12-02-2014, 03:38 PM.

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    You can get a torch with a manual gas valve, cable, and the DINSE power connector. You would need a gas flow regulator, and a tank of argon. You may need some extra hose and adaptors to make it all fit together. If you are serious about TIG, you should probably buy a foot pedal control.

    I have bought a torch from TIG Depot in the past, go for the superflex cable. They were much cheaper than my LWS.

    I am not aware of any way to retrofit an XMT-304 for a gas valve. I believe that the XMT-350 will accept a gas valve as a retrofit.

    Richard
    Syncrowave 200, Millermatic 211, Victor torch, Propane forge....

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    • #3
      You get a dinse connecter and weld on a Tig block, then get a tig torch with a gas valve

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      • #4
        Originally posted by raferguson View Post
        You can get a torch with a manual gas valve, cable, and the DINSE power connector. You would need a gas flow regulator, and a tank of argon. You may need some extra hose and adaptors to make it all fit together. If you are serious about TIG, you should probably buy a foot pedal control.

        I have bought a torch from TIG Depot in the past, go for the superflex cable. They were much cheaper than my LWS.

        I am not aware of any way to retrofit an XMT-304 for a gas valve. I believe that the XMT-350 will accept a gas valve as a retrofit.

        Richard
        clamp the stick lead to the lug on the tig torch cable and remember to change the polarity. It needs to be EN or straight and have a torch with the gas valve on it.

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        • #5
          Pretty darn simple to braze a tig block on to a dinse connector

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          • #6
            TIG block?

            Originally posted by cruizer View Post
            You get a dinse connecter and weld on a Tig block, then get a tig torch with a gas valve
            What is a TIG block and why do you need one? Why can't you get a torch with a dinse connector and then hook up the hose to the gas regulator?
            Syncrowave 200, Millermatic 211, Victor torch, Propane forge....

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            • #7
              Tig block is just a brass block with the large tig torch and small gas hose connector, and it has the terminal mounting hole say if you have it connected to a stud.
              So on a 304 with the Dinse connector, I just remove the outer rubber and braze the block onto it. Presto, elcheapo adaptor, that I don't need a special freaking tig torch connector

              Plus say if one were to blow the torch, pretty much any (I think) 5/8 npt torch will fit, and I don't have to track another Dinse one down
              Last edited by cruizer; 12-05-2014, 02:01 PM.

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