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  • #16
    Hang tough, Bulldog.....It'll get better.....someone said on a another thread.....practice, practice, practice. I can't
    tig yet but plan on taking a class next fall B-4 I get a machine. PJS said the classes are worth their weight in gold!!!

    Thanks

    PJ
    Thanks,

    PJ

    Miller AC/DC Thunderbolt
    MM 210 + spoolmate

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    • #17
      Hey PJ,
      Thanks for the vote of confidence! I'll tell ya what - guys that are GOOD Tig welders are good welders. I have been welding all my life and can stick and mig weld with the best of them but Tig weld wow it's amazing how bad I suck at it. No kidding it is tough. I'm getting alot better but I still suck at it. I know I'll someday be a Tig welder but it won't be today! I've taken some pics but just haven't got the nerve to post them. I said I would so I will but I'm not happy about it.
      Bulldog
      On a second note... Miller has done a great job with the Syncrowave 250DX! I just love their welders. As far as fit and finish go I think there the best. It was as easy as can be hooking everything up.
      I have a friend that Tig welds for a living and he ran some beads and WOW the machine is capable of putting down some nice beads. ( To bad I'm not)
      5 Passport Pluses
      2 MM 212's
      MM 210
      MM 251 MIA
      MM 350 P w/Python
      Syncrowave 250
      w/ tig runner
      Trailblazer 302
      12RC w/meters
      Spectrum 1000
      Spectrum 2050
      2 Black BWEs
      Joker BWE
      Star & stripe BWE Digital
      2 star & stripe xlix's

      REAL TRUCKS RATTLE
      CUMMINS BABY

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      • #18
        Hey Bulldog,dont beat youre self up to bad,it will get better quicker than you think.My first welds went so good it was unbeleivable,even the aluminum was pretty decent.Then I got worse instead of better and now I'm probably where I should be at my leval.Practising without filler for a while seemed to help me get control of the arc and puddle behaviour.
        To all who contribute to this board.
        My sincere thanks , Pete.

        Pureox OA
        Westinghouse 300 amp AC stick
        Miller Syncrowave 250
        Hexacon 250 watt solder iron

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        • #19
          Bulldog,

          You'll pick it up real fast. See if you can get your friend to just watch you and critique your technique. So much depends on torch angle and filler manipulation that a trained observer can save you a bunch of time and stop bad habits before they become a problem. Learn to use that pedal to control the bead size, you'll need to backing off just a bit as the metal gets hot. I used to not back off soon enough at the end of a run and the bead would really wash out.

          You have quite the stable there! Congrats!
          Bob Sigmon
          ___________________
          Dynasty 200DX w/ Coolmate 3
          Miller Passport
          LMSW-52T Spot Welder
          A/O Setup with Meco Midget
          Miller Big Window Elite
          Quincy QT-5HD

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          • #20
            Well, here they are...First Tig welds ever...1" strips of .060 HR steel.
            Attached Files
            5 Passport Pluses
            2 MM 212's
            MM 210
            MM 251 MIA
            MM 350 P w/Python
            Syncrowave 250
            w/ tig runner
            Trailblazer 302
            12RC w/meters
            Spectrum 1000
            Spectrum 2050
            2 Black BWEs
            Joker BWE
            Star & stripe BWE Digital
            2 star & stripe xlix's

            REAL TRUCKS RATTLE
            CUMMINS BABY

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            • #21
              First Stainless .060
              Attached Files
              5 Passport Pluses
              2 MM 212's
              MM 210
              MM 251 MIA
              MM 350 P w/Python
              Syncrowave 250
              w/ tig runner
              Trailblazer 302
              12RC w/meters
              Spectrum 1000
              Spectrum 2050
              2 Black BWEs
              Joker BWE
              Star & stripe BWE Digital
              2 star & stripe xlix's

              REAL TRUCKS RATTLE
              CUMMINS BABY

              Comment


              • #22
                This one is a little better. Same .060 HR
                Attached Files
                5 Passport Pluses
                2 MM 212's
                MM 210
                MM 251 MIA
                MM 350 P w/Python
                Syncrowave 250
                w/ tig runner
                Trailblazer 302
                12RC w/meters
                Spectrum 1000
                Spectrum 2050
                2 Black BWEs
                Joker BWE
                Star & stripe BWE Digital
                2 star & stripe xlix's

                REAL TRUCKS RATTLE
                CUMMINS BABY

                Comment


                • #23
                  I'm getting a little better but I have a real control problem.
                  Bulldog
                  5 Passport Pluses
                  2 MM 212's
                  MM 210
                  MM 251 MIA
                  MM 350 P w/Python
                  Syncrowave 250
                  w/ tig runner
                  Trailblazer 302
                  12RC w/meters
                  Spectrum 1000
                  Spectrum 2050
                  2 Black BWEs
                  Joker BWE
                  Star & stripe BWE Digital
                  2 star & stripe xlix's

                  REAL TRUCKS RATTLE
                  CUMMINS BABY

                  Comment


                  • #24
                    I tell you what, the last pic doesn't look too shabby!!!
                    Between the constructive criticism you will get here and getting help from your friend......you will be tiggin' in no time!!!
                    Stay Bulldog

                    PJ

                    Miller AC/DC thunderboltMM 210 (my pride and joy) and spoolmate
                    Thanks,

                    PJ

                    Miller AC/DC Thunderbolt
                    MM 210 + spoolmate

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                    • #25
                      Bulldog,

                      Your stainless looks real good. It really flows out nices, doesn't it. From the pics I'd say that you are starting a little hot. Take a bit more time and ramp the amps up a little slower with the pedal. The same at the end of the run, you need to back off just a bit to lower the heat at the edge or it will tend to burn back/blow out.

                      For just starting you are doing a great job!

                      Bob Sigmon
                      ___________________
                      Dynasty 200DX w/ Coolmate 3
                      Miller Passport
                      LMSW-52T Spot Welder
                      A/O Setup with Meco Midget
                      Miller Big Window Elite
                      Quincy QT-5HD

                      Comment


                      • #26
                        Great to hear about the dealer care; the money is important but the service is what makes the deal a long term bargain. Be carefull what you wish for before you hand over the torch...my youngest now whips me on some welds and then asks how he can do better.....not a bad thing I say. JEFF
                        P.S. I came here through my motorsports interest, both with my kids and my own but then the weld side of that application led me to welding as a whole new interest in and of itself. You never Know what's around the next corner!
                        200DX 350P 625 Plasma & other stuff I forgot

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                        • #27
                          Its Not that tougf

                          Originally posted by Bulldog
                          Hey PJ,
                          Thanks for the vote of confidence! I'll tell ya what - guys that are GOOD Tig welders are good welders. I have been welding all my life and can stick and mig weld with the best of them but Tig weld wow it's amazing how bad I suck at it. No kidding it is tough. I'm getting alot better but I still suck at it. I know I'll someday be a Tig welder but it won't be today! I've taken some pics but just haven't got the nerve to post them. I said I would so I will but I'm not happy about it.
                          Bulldog
                          On a second note... Miller has done a great job with the Syncrowave 250DX! I just love their welders. As far as fit and finish go I think there the best. It was as easy as can be hooking everything up.
                          I have a friend that Tig welds for a living and he ran some beads and WOW the machine is capable of putting down some nice beads. ( To bad I'm not)
                          Dont second guess yourself, !!!!!! Tig is easy, stick is the hardest, steady hand, and if you stick the tungsun in ,you wont be the first,,thats for sure,,I learned by my old boss stepping on the pedal, all ss, for cott soda,,and no filler,then he gave me some filler,than to alluminum,,and BINGO , It does not take long, until you get the hang of it, like rideing a bike,same thing, you will get it, Jack

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                          • #28
                            , It does not take long, until you get the hang of it, like rideing a bike,same thing, you will get it, Jack[/QUOTE]
                            By the looks of the last picture I think Bulldog already got it.Getting better never ends.
                            To all who contribute to this board.
                            My sincere thanks , Pete.

                            Pureox OA
                            Westinghouse 300 amp AC stick
                            Miller Syncrowave 250
                            Hexacon 250 watt solder iron

                            Comment


                            • #29
                              Here's some more pics for you guys to check out. I'm getting better but I'm still having control and speed issues.
                              Bulldog
                              Attached Files
                              5 Passport Pluses
                              2 MM 212's
                              MM 210
                              MM 251 MIA
                              MM 350 P w/Python
                              Syncrowave 250
                              w/ tig runner
                              Trailblazer 302
                              12RC w/meters
                              Spectrum 1000
                              Spectrum 2050
                              2 Black BWEs
                              Joker BWE
                              Star & stripe BWE Digital
                              2 star & stripe xlix's

                              REAL TRUCKS RATTLE
                              CUMMINS BABY

                              Comment


                              • #30
                                Here's a pic of a stainless practice bead.
                                Attached Files
                                5 Passport Pluses
                                2 MM 212's
                                MM 210
                                MM 251 MIA
                                MM 350 P w/Python
                                Syncrowave 250
                                w/ tig runner
                                Trailblazer 302
                                12RC w/meters
                                Spectrum 1000
                                Spectrum 2050
                                2 Black BWEs
                                Joker BWE
                                Star & stripe BWE Digital
                                2 star & stripe xlix's

                                REAL TRUCKS RATTLE
                                CUMMINS BABY

                                Comment

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