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  • STACK
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    Show off!!!
    Last edited by STACK; 06-05-2007, 08:30 PM.

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  • fun4now
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    I'M PRITY WELL STOCKED UP AT THE MOMENT. I DONT GET TO tig AS MUCH AS I WISH I COULD.
    (stupid caps lock buttoon )
    any way, if i get to TIGing a bit more i'll have to give him a call.
    so did you go with the dyn200 then for TIG or bigger ??

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  • phila.renewal
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    Originally posted by fun4now View Post
    not too bad, dose he cary the replacement parts as well? i would think he dose, it woud be good to have a regular scorce for them as aposed to haveing to find them on e-bay when needed.
    Yup. Give him a call with what you need. TIG torch parts are standardized and he's got them all plus the cool stuff like the gas lenses, and pyrex cup kits if you're into that.

    He also has MIG gun parts and plasma gun parts for a variety of different guns. MIG and TIG machines, plasma cutters, spot weld machines, etc.

    I gave up on most "anonymous" ebay sellers for that sort of stuff -- many places never respond to communication and if there's a problem or mistake, you are on your own.

    HTP is a long established company with top notch customer service (like immediate response to emails, they answer the phones, they help you out, etc.). Jeff knows welding and one phone call conversation or email exchange will get you what you need. Only reason I didn't buy the HTP TIG welder was I wanted local (as in within a mile or two) service availability and my LWS carries Miller.

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  • fun4now
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    not too bad, dose he cary the replacement parts as well? i would think he dose, it woud be good to have a regular scorce for them as aposed to haveing to find them on e-bay when needed.

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  • phila.renewal
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    Originally posted by bikecollector1220 View Post
    I've been shopping for some gas lens but my local Airgas crew is stumped when I ask about them... Wierd eh? I've seen them but don't know where to find them..
    Call Jeff Noland at HTP America (1-800-USA-WELD). I got a complete set (.040", 1/16", 3/32" and 1/8") in a kit box for very reasonable cost from him (on sale for $29 + shipping). They work great and Jeff is a good guy.
    Last edited by phila.renewal; 05-22-2007, 05:47 AM.

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  • fun4now
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    arc-zone.com has gas lenses. i got some CK ones with clear cup and creamic cups off e-bay. just gotta look around on e-bay for a bit to find them. they are a bit expensive in my opinion but what can you do about it right. after all what in TIG isent expensive. i would think most of the on-line places woud have gas lenes.
    i have not tryed one yet but these look interesting.
    http://arc-zone.com/catalog/web_stor...=6892375_53099
    Last edited by fun4now; 05-21-2007, 09:04 PM.

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  • bikecollector12
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    Jonnytig... I thought about that gas flow thing the other day.. that's why I turned up the flow a bit. I've been shopping for some gas lens but my local Airgas crew is stumped when I ask about them... Wierd eh? I've seen them but don't know where to find them.. How do you go about getting a fatter more widely stacked bead along 3/32 to 1/8" aluminum. I've seen a guys tig welds before and he builds race car tanks for his own stuff and they all had a larger more spread bead stack on them... It was gorgeous. You've been very informative.. thanks a million..

    HMW... these are the best welds I've done so far... I had some real beauties before this... hahah. I'm sure you could imagine. I've tigged steel and stainless a little bit, but this is my first week on aluminum. It's been way interesting... this makes tig on steel seem even easier!!

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  • JonnyTIG
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    Gas flow presents an issue at corners. When you weld up to a corner or start at one, the flow of gas gets split up, taking off in different directions on the planes of the panels. The turbulance caused by this can swirl air into the weld area and cause contamination. If you weld lots of corners like that, cabinets etc, try switching to a gas lens so the shielding flow is more uniform and spread out. This has worked well for me in the past.

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  • HMW
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    First tig welds.... .....They look pretty good to me period, let alone first ones!
    i've been welding aluminum for about 3 years and still can't get a consistent ripple like that, they look good

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  • brightspark
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    Welds look really good, the only thing is watch out for the crater at the end of the weld - just keep adding the wire as you slope out to avoid the shrink hole. This is especially important if you're making tanks etc as they can lead to pinholes/leaks.

    Good work - Well Done!

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  • fun4now
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    I just need to work past that fear and just relax and weld it.
    yep, thats what i did, i needded it so i just sat down and did it. needless to say some welds are better than others and i blew a few holes threw but no biggy i had the TIG there to fix it.

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  • bikecollector12
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    I've got to agree with you on the coupons... They really are kinda pointless, but I hate to spend the time cutting and fitting nice aluminum just to get all freaked out when it comes to laying a bead on it and messing up perfect aluminum. I'll be starting an aluminum project here real soon... I just need to work past that fear and just relax and weld it.

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  • fun4now
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    i gotta agree, only thing i can see you should do diferently maybee is not start right on the corner, but rather continue threw it so you dont have 3 starts in one spot or start & stops all on the corner. it will look a lot nicer if you run the bead threw the corner as its easyer to restart on the strait and not have it look like a start/stop point.
    as for the stick tryals, i got some sticks a wile ago, dont even remember wich ones they are i think they are 7018's but wouldnt put any $$ on that as i just cant remember that far back, well i cant realy remember much from yesterday eather but you get the idea,
    i realy want to give it a try. it just seems like when i do make it out to the shop i have too many things i have to do and not enough time to just play with some stick's.
    heck the only reason i got off my butt and even built any thing with the TIG part was when i almost tipped over my cart with my MIG welder, my plasma cutter, and my TIG welder all on the same cart. at that point i made it a priority to make seperate carts and got a chance to do a lil TIG welding wile building my TIG cart out of aluminum. fun project that realy helped me improve my TIG welds. although a bit more $$ i think every one should build there TIG carts with the TIG welder out of aluminum. its good practis, a lot better than doing coopons, i had stopped practising TIG on coopons due to boredum so the cart project go me welding with it again.
    i'll post some pic's if i ever get around to trying some stick.

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  • phila.renewal
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    Um, yeah well OK. Those beads look pretty fantastic (compared to most of mine).

    I have nothing else to say.

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  • bikecollector12
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    These are some of the welds I've made.. Any advice would be great.. I know I need to work on my starts and finishes.. but let me know what you think..

    Fun4now... I've played with some 7018 quite a bit and loved that, but it was a really friendly rod... haha.. 6011 was a real good time.. talk about a mess.

    Thanks for the info... I'm having a blast with this.
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