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    Country Metals
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  • Country Metals
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    The best way to figure it out is to feed with both hands at the same time. The first one done 10 lengths wins. I use both hands all the time. I use my elbow for foot control when I am in a ladder. I also have almost 15 yrs experience. I still don't know how to walk the cup well because I don't do standard pipe.

    I am primarily right handed but I use both daily.

    Practice, practice, practice...

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  • elvis
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    I switch the foot pedal back and forth all the time. Sometimes it is a knee. But I am too much of a novice to switch hands. I should practice that some more!

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  • walker
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    Ahh, but do you switch feet on the pedal when you change hands???

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  • OscarJr
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    I'm right handed but felt a natural tendency to use the torch with the left hand because of 25yrs of guitar playing. The muscle memory in my left arm works leagues faster, including finger dexterity. Using my right works but it feels weird, my left arm not at all when I started. Every now and then I switch it up---use the torch in right hand, filler in left, and left foot for pedal.

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  • griff01
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    Originally posted by chewinggum View Post
    I am just a home welder trying to get better at Tig, nothing critical. I am right handed and have been holding the torch in my right hand and feeding with my left. I actually have better fine motion control with my right hand and wonder if I should switch hands and feed the wire with my right hand. Which is more critical for close control, torch or wire?
    Thanks,
    CG
    Simple, both.

    Griff

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  • Portable Welder
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    I agree with Ryan Jones, Im right handed and hold the torch with my right but I have to change it up all the time so practice with both.

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  • ryanjones2150
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    Which hand for Torch/Feed?

    I swap hands back and forth all the time. You really need to be good at both sides. Practice is pretty much the only time I have straight, flat welds to make. So unless you happen to work in that perfect, air conditioned shop where all your welds are flat and straight and clean and have unicorns grazing out back, then practice with both.

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  • Welder1990
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    I'm not a good tig welder don't do much of it where I work I know good tig welders and they can weld left handed or right handed. Try both do what works better when you get better switch it up only way to be a good welder is to weld.

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  • chewinggum
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    Which hand for Torch/Feed?

    I am just a home welder trying to get better at Tig, nothing critical. I am right handed and have been holding the torch in my right hand and feeding with my left. I actually have better fine motion control with my right hand and wonder if I should switch hands and feed the wire with my right hand. Which is more critical for close control, torch or wire?
    Thanks,
    CG
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