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  • ryanjones2150
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    It will be much easier for you to learn if you buy quality stuff. Cheap junk does not fit well, will leak because they don’t fit well, and that leak can suck air into your shielding gas. It will do you little good to spin your wheels trying to figure out why your tig welds suck even though you’re doing everything right when it boils down to a simple leak because you bought junk.

    Excellent tig welds have been laid down for decades using the regular old collet bodies and cups. I find it easier to see the tip of the tungsten, and will probably help you accelerate in your skills faster, while using a gas lense because you can increase your tungsten stick out.

    The Pyrex cups will allow you to see through the cup and may help you see the weld and tungsten better as well. They’re just expensive, generally use special collet bodies and are much more fragile that the alumina or ceramic cups.

    Pick your poison, my friend. If it were me starting over, I’d want the best chance for success I could find.

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  • Noel
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    I lurk Autobody 101. Seems I get around in my reading?

    Doright mentioned, "
    I have spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on cups both regular and Gas lens Tungsten etc every thing from .040 all the way up to 1/8 inch
    I have bought a few different Gas lens kits and the Pyrex stuff as well.
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    Someone has a lot of money to waste? Hundreds and hundreds? Money well spent I'd say?

    Doright mentioned,"
    Just a bit of advise stick to the Standard cups and 1/16" or 3/32" Tungsten stuff till you learn your machine a bit and how to weld with it."

    Sounds to me like I'd take this advice as a solid. You will probably spend a fair bit of time learning to grind tungsten in the beginning, but really, keep it simple as there isn't a need to make it complicated. As far as the kit goes, while most of the cups will hold little use, the torch caps, gas diffusers, collets and bodies will be useful if they fit your torch.

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  • ryanjones2150
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    I’m kind of in a love affair with the furick cups, to be honest. Outside of those, I like the stubby has lense for pretty much everything.

    And I agree on the 59 piece set for $20, it’ll probably make you sad in short order. Also consider forging a relationship with your LWS. They can be of some help and it’s easier to get if you already know them.

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  • skippyelwell
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    Well not a profitable business, I rebuild cars for fun but would love for it to pay for itself, maybe with this machine. Thanks for the link.

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  • Ltbadd
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    A 59 pc kit for $25 sounds like it'd be junk, not worthy of a Dynasty

    If you watch Jody's Collier channel on YT then visit his store, he only sells high quality parts (like CK for one) or there are several online stores I've dealt with over the years such as Arc Zone, or Welding Supplies From IOC. You'll find quality parts there

    Congrats on the 280DX, nice machine, do you have a business you'll use this for?

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  • skippyelwell
    started a topic Just picked up my first real Tig

    Just picked up my first real Tig

    Hello all,
    I have been welding mig and stick since I was in high school 40 odd yrs ago, I did have a Diversion for a few months but it was buggered up so not sure I learned anything on it. So I p/u a used Dynasty 280DX/coolmate 1.3, I think the whole kit is called a tig runner or something, made in 2014 and seems to only have 5.5hrs on it. Lots of bells and whistles, I probably won't use half of them.

    I need to buy all new cups, lens, collets, etc for the water cooled WP 250 torch, I see I can pay $25 for a 59 pcs set on ebay, or as much as $50 for one Furick cup, so I'm looking for recommendations for a decent kit that will get me going and not disintegrate on the first use.
    Thanks,
    Chris

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