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Re: Triple threat! [Re: Fox] #1299850 Wed Feb 20 2019 04:58 PM
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yar Offline
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Fox,

Here's a discussion of your topic:

https://weldingweb.com/showthread.php?36555-dc-welding-aluminum-ok-with-mig-but-not-tig

I don't see a clear answer there.

No offense intended but I don't get why anyone would buy an expensive tig machine that can't do a big part of what tig is for, welding aluminum. One of my neighbors has a DC tig machine and it can't weld aluminum. He brings me his aluminum welding. I've had a Miller Synchrowave 200 for about 10 years.

https://www.bakersgas.com/MIL907308.html

It's is an AC-DC tig-stick machine that cost me $1800 including delivery to my front door. I gave the AC buzz box that it replaced to one of my sons. I find that the vast majority of the tig welding I do at home is on aluminum. An example is the aluminum dog carts I make for my wife's competition in a dog sport called "Drafting". At the higher levels of the competition the cart has to be loaded with weight equal to the dog(s) weight, NOT including the weight of the cart for the "field" parts (steep up and down hills) of the events. So a light cart is a competitive advantage. Another example of aluminum welding is on various cart projects like this cold air intake ducting. Only rarely do I tig stainless that uses DC current.

I found that changing the tig ceramic cups to gas lenses improved the quality of my tig welds. I'm an amateur, not a pro, so I'll take every advantage I can find.

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Re: Triple threat! [Re: Fox] #1299977 Thu Feb 21 2019 05:13 AM
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Fox Offline OP
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No offense taken, Yar. I’m still learning on most of this stuff and hope I don’t regret the decision I’ve made. I was looking at the tig for a lot of thin steel sheet metal work that I plan to be doing in the future. I’ve only welded aluminum once in my life so far. I doubt I will be doing much of it in the future. I’d hoped that this machine would be adequate and I think it will. My pal mentioned the same thing you said about “too bad it can’t tig aluminum” but I think I will be ok with MIG spool for aluminum. I’ve gotten pretty consistent with a MIG. (Not that it’s too hard... 😉)

By the way, those are some nice beads.

Last edited by Fox; Thu Feb 21 2019 05:14 AM.

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Re: Triple threat! [Re: Fox] #1300005 Thu Feb 21 2019 02:31 PM
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My TIG welder is DC and AC. For years I used it for steel almost exclusively, aluminum only a couple times a year if that. Lately I use it for aluminum always and rarely for steel.
All depends on what kind of work you do, sounds like you considered that and picked the right welder.


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Re: Triple threat! [Re: Fox] #1300064 Thu Feb 21 2019 07:27 PM
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The spool gun will be fine for 1/8" or thicker aluminum? Splatters and buzzes differently, but welds similar to MIG. Make sure your aluminum or anything you're going to weld, is super clean before you start.

Re: Triple threat! [Re: Fox] #1300286 Sat Feb 23 2019 05:36 AM
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Fox Offline OP
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Darn. Now I have to clean my shop if you’re saying super clean... 😉


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1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- rusted
1970 Chevrolet K20 Suburban—rusted.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

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1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: Triple threat! [Re: Fox] #1300302 Sat Feb 23 2019 02:57 PM
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"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
Lol! A messy shop we can forgive! We've all been there!

Re: Triple threat! [Re: Fox] #1300482 Mon Feb 25 2019 02:16 AM
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Hi Fox. Have fun with your new machine. You do good work now just think of the future. Does Everett have a auto darkening helmet yet?

I bought a similar welder two years ago and think it was a good investment.
Now-- about this panel truck?

Looking forward to catching up with you three (+1) in June.
Howie & Valerie


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Re: Triple threat! [Re: Fox] #1300669 Tue Feb 26 2019 08:13 AM
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Nice welder. Still using my old Lincoln Electric.


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Re: Triple threat! [Re: Fox] #1300984 Thu Feb 28 2019 04:06 AM
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Aahhhhhh! Report cards are due in soon and now I have this distraction waiting for me!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/496vT4uEnhfkLsrx9


In the Stovebolt Gallery
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1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- rusted
1970 Chevrolet K20 Suburban—rusted.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
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