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  • Andy249
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    Another "makeshift" TIG that I have seen uses the power source from a cheapie MMAW machine, with a TIG torch, cylinder and regulator. Be a little bit safer than playing around with that setup, and would allow you half decent amperage control. If the machine is a cheapie, the duty cycle will probably be fairly limited, compared to the 100% they claim (I think I would like to see it before I believe it!).

    Only way you can learn is to experiment! I wouldn't expect miracles!

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  • fun4now
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    neet but not a dynasty

    it will no dought work but with verry limmited controle. you could tig weld with a battery out of your car ,tig is just a controled short circuit with gass.if you want to tig you should buy a tig and then build 1 for fun to play with. i wouldnt want to have a job depending on it.

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  • wrench3047
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    refound the link

    http://www.classicbroncos.com/homemade-welder.shtml
    thought this was really interesting

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  • wrench3047
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    Makeshift Tig

    I was searching around the internet and found a link to a 4x4 site that had a schematic for a DC SCRATCH START TIG MACHINE. It used a 130 amp high output Ford alternator and an air compressor motor. It showed how to wire it up to the torch and a light dimmer switch to adjust. Is a DC machine that close to a car/ amperage from the alternator able to make a useable weld at 100% duty cycle. If it is I could go to the junk yard and build one cheap just add bottle, flowmeter, torch with gas control on handle.
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