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    I just ordered a Dynasty 210dx. I'm wanting to learn how to weld aluminum. Is grey band tungsten the best to use? Do you have to ball it up or have it at a point? Thanks

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    My opinion, 2% lanthanated (blue) is the best all around tungsten and is an excellent choice for aluminum, especially when using an inverter.

    I have to admit that I've never used the gray, which I believe is 2% cerated...someone will surely correct me if I'm wrong.

    I sharpen my tungsten when I'm welding aluminum. Not as tapered of a point or as pin point sharp. Having that "blunt" sharpened tip helps with tacking things up, then I just let it ball however it ends up balling...all depending on what the machine is set on of course.

    Hope that helps.

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    • #3
      Your machine should come with a laminated chart that will include this information, congratulations on the Dynasty purchase.

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      Richard
      West coast of Florida

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      • #4
        I have found 2% blue(lanthanated) to be better than ceriated on both AC and DC for my Dynastys. If you can't find 2% blue, then 2% red(thoriated) will do the trick until you do find the best for alum. 2% red is really the best for DC work. I get mine from USAweld.com .
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        • #5
          When I get my dynasty 210dx I'll get some blue band. Anyone got any pointers on using the 210dx on aluminum? I'm sure it comes with some sort of manual. It better for the price. Thanks for everyone's replies.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BOBBYLEE View Post
            When I get my dynasty 210dx I'll get some blue band. Anyone got any pointers on using the 210dx on aluminum? I'm sure it comes with some sort of manual. It better for the price. Thanks for everyone's replies.
            If you go up one level in this forum to the main page "Welding Discussions" at the top is a sticky thread on the Dynasty setup process, also with your machine will of course be the manual and a laminated chart similar to the one I have posted.
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            • #7
              Thanks. I started reading that thread yesterday. Looking forward to using the Dynasty!!!

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