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Re: New to Tig welding, what do i need to get started

Postby flytyer232 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:25 pm

Well up here, in the north it is currently warm out (25 degrees F), and generally the only source of heat in the shop is the welder... So, i always wear gloves....

What exactly does a gaslens do, that the regular setup doesn't?
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Re: New to Tig welding, what do i need to get started

Postby flytyer232 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:28 pm

Okay, i guess i will hold off on that for now, though i did order some spare parts for the torch (collets, and cups), as i will probably break a few.....
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Re: New to Tig welding, what do i need to get started

Postby Farmwelding » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:33 pm

flytyer232 wrote:Okay, i guess i will hold off on that for now, though i did order some spare parts for the torch (collets, and cups), as i will probably break a few.....

Don't drop the torch and you shouldn't have to worry about them breaking. I guess you may need some other collets for the different size tungstens.
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Re: New to Tig welding, what do i need to get started

Postby flytyer232 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:38 pm

Oh, i will try not to do that.... So you need different size collects for different size tungsten?
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Re: New to Tig welding, what do i need to get started

Postby Farmwelding » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:44 pm

flytyer232 wrote:Oh, i will try not to do that.... So you need different size collects for different size tungsten?

Yes sir. Can't got an 1/8" in a 3/32" and sure as hell can't get a current out of a .040" tigster with a 3/32" collet. And a gas lens helps shield the arc and your tungsten better. Look up some pictures and look do the ones that show gas coming out of the torch.
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Re: New to Tig welding, what do i need to get started

Postby flytyer232 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:52 pm

Okay, will get some of those. Should 5 collets, and 2 collet bodies (in each size) be okay for a couple of months? The reason i ask, is the like to place large orders, as it is hard to find that stuff in town.....
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Re: New to Tig welding, what do i need to get started

Postby cj737 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:02 pm

Grab yourself one of Jodys Stubby Gas lens TIG kits. It comes with cups and gas lenses, collects and tungstens in each size to get you going. Plus, spending upon the bundle, you get a TIG finger that is useful when you get cranking on heavy material.
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Re: New to Tig welding, what do i need to get started

Postby Keith_J » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:29 am

flytyer232 wrote:Hum.... I don't know that i would weld without gloves, as i have gotten bad burns with gloves (dual shield flux core....). How do the UV light affects your hands?

So i shouldn't worry about getting a gas lens kit (whatever that is, though i hear Jody marketing them all the time)?

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The UV burns the epidermis making a stench that doesn't wash off. And the arc burns are deep. I only go bare for tacks under 50 amps. I weld thin stuff mostly but still glove and cover for most. Shade #9 is my standard but have gone as low as 7 :shock: ..only for 28 gauge stainless.
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