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  • Purple stripe E3 tungsten

    I tried a stick of 3/32 E3 out today. Sharpened it like normal to a point and welded a piece of tool steel with hard rod. A piece of SS and did some aluminum work. All with the same tungsten and same pointed shape. Perfect results on all parts. The aluminum really impressed me because it has been 28 years or so since i last TIG welded it. It was dirty and shop over spray painted and i just wire brushed it and it welded great. Just my 2 cents on the E3. I am going to sue it since i just need to buy one for everything...Bob
    Bob Wright

  • #2
    Bob...........Think you would find the same performance with "BLUE"...... 2% Lanthanated
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    • #3
      I'm with Bob E-3 rocks I tried the blue I felt it lost it's point quicker than E-3 ( without touching it). I don't think it held a ball as well on aluminum either.

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      • #4
        I'm with Bob I like the E-3 best. A while back I tried the Orange, Brown, Gold, Blue, and Purple. I thought the Purple beat the bunch for overall usability.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Oldgrandad View Post
          I'm with Bob E-3 rocks I tried the blue I felt it lost it's point quicker than E-3 ( without touching it). I don't think it held a ball as well on aluminum either.
          I don't see a difference between the BLUE and PURPLE..... at least on my Dynasty350 & Dynasty200DX .... inverters....
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          “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”

          Buy the best tools you can afford.. Learn to use them to the best of your ability.. and take care of them...

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          Dynasty 350DX Tigrunner
          Dynasty 200DX
          Millermatic 350P w/25ft Alumapro & 30A
          Millermatic 200

          TONS of Non-Blue Equip, plus CNC Mill, Lathes & a Plasmacam w/ PowerMax-1000

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          • #6
            I ran the test with one other guy here at our shop. Where we saw a difference was after several hours of welding SS pipe the tip on the blue would degrade more than the purple and when welding heavier aluminum 225 to 275 amps the ball was more stable with the purple. we both were using 275 Precision TIG's. But to each their own. The Blue wasn't bad and I think it was cheaper but I still prefer the Purple.

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            • #7
              Like you said.............. to each his own............
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              “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”

              Buy the best tools you can afford.. Learn to use them to the best of your ability.. and take care of them...

              My Blue Stuff:
              Dynasty 350DX Tigrunner
              Dynasty 200DX
              Millermatic 350P w/25ft Alumapro & 30A
              Millermatic 200

              TONS of Non-Blue Equip, plus CNC Mill, Lathes & a Plasmacam w/ PowerMax-1000

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              • #8
                I suspect we wouldn't have available so many varieties if sales people couldn't convince us there is a bit of advantage of one over the other. I got tungsten from used welder purchases, NOS clean outs after someone's death, LWS purchases, and stopping in welding supplies when traveling. Only a couple I haven't tried. I like lanthanated, have mostly thoriated, tried ceriated, E3, and a couple others I can't name right now. The differences are minor, mostly how quickly they grow "Grabboid" fingers. The transition to an inverter welder made pure tungsten useless.

                Willie
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                Twentieth Century 295 AC
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                • #9
                  Gotta love them E3, ever since I tried em, that's all I have been getting.
                  if there's a welder, there's a way

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                  • #10
                    Might find this interesting

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzEuV83UGMY




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                    *******************************************
                    The more you know, The better you know, How little you know

                    “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”

                    Buy the best tools you can afford.. Learn to use them to the best of your ability.. and take care of them...

                    My Blue Stuff:
                    Dynasty 350DX Tigrunner
                    Dynasty 200DX
                    Millermatic 350P w/25ft Alumapro & 30A
                    Millermatic 200

                    TONS of Non-Blue Equip, plus CNC Mill, Lathes & a Plasmacam w/ PowerMax-1000

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