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Lincoln PowerMIG 210 MP Review (Part 1): TIG Welding

Mar 2015 26
15 15 Thu
Written by Mr. TIG (Wyatt Swaim)

The Lincoln PowerMIG 210 MP is Lincoln Electric's entry level multi process welder. It combines MIG, TIG and Stick welders all in one machine. The starting price for this machine is only $999.00, however if you want to take advantage of the TIG function, you will need to buy some additional adapters and accessories to get started. By the time you get everything you need to TIG weld you are looking at spending around $1400.

The PowerMIG 210 has been a huge success in its initial launch and is backordered in many places around the country. We were able to get our hands on one to do a review for everyone out there looking at them as their next welding purchase. Many of these 3 in 1 machines are very good stick and MIG welders, but usually suffer when it comes to TIG, so we will test this one out and see how it stacks up.

Things we liked:
One thing that is really nice about thismachine is the digital interface on the front of the machine. It doesn't get any easier than this when setting your machine. The welder asks you questions about the metal you are welding, as well as the filler you are using. Once you answer the simple questions, the machine will set the parameters to match your project. If you want to fine tune the parameters after the fact, you can still easily change them manually.

Things we didn't like:
What we didn't like about the TIG functionality on this machine is that it is very limited. There is no high frequency start, it is DC only and you need to buy all your TIG torches and accessories seperately, in addition to the adapter to convert the machine for TIG.

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Welding Antique Cast Iron in Jay Leno's Garage

Mar 2015 20
15 15 Fri
Written by Mr. TIG (Wyatt Swaim)

We have done some episodes in the past about welding Cast Iron. We know Cast Iron is difficult to weld, because it is difficult to determine exactly what materials are contained in the cast, which cause each project to react differently. In this episode of TIG Time we will show you some tricks of the trade to welding very old Cast Iron, in this case the material is 115 years old.

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Cast Aluminum Cam Cover Repair at Jay Leno's Garage: 1932 Frasier

Mar 2015 06
16 15 Fri
Written by Mr. TIG (Wyatt Swaim)

TIG welding cast materials is usually a tricky weld. You have to deal with issues like:

How much of this material is ACTUALLY Aluminum?
What other materials are present in the casting?
Cracks tend to run if not dealt with properly.
Cleaning the part is often difficult.

These are some of the issue that we will cover in this video, along with some interesting facts and techniques to weld cast Aluminum.

The part we are welding on is a cam cover from a 1932 Frasier.

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Welding 4130 Chrome Moly with Super Missile Weld

Mar 2015 13
15 15 Fri
Written by Mr. TIG (Wyatt Swaim)

Super Missile Weld is a filler material that is like and used by a lot of fabricators and welders. One of the things people like about it is how the final weld turns out. You generally get nice looking beads with this filler.

What a lot of welders and fabricators don't know, is that "Super Missile Weld" is actually just a fancy name for 312 Stainless Steel. So, when you weld with Stainless Steel, you also need to remember about purging the backside of your weld if it is a critical part. If it is a static part, where 100% strength is not needed, you will likely be okay.

So lets test it out and see what kind of results we can get.

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Welding Thin Steel Tube to Heavy Steel: Manual vs. Semi Automatic

Feb 2015 27
16 15 Fri
Written by Mr. TIG (Wyatt Swaim)

Welding different material thicknesses together can be difficult. The obvious reason is because it takes more heat to melt the thicker material, making it easy to blow holes in the thinner material. This can be especially difficult when the materials being welded are tubes. Welding mismatched tubes or flanges comes up often in both hobbyist type work, as well as in industry. There are a few things you can do to insure that you get quality welds with any undercut, holes and other common problems faced when welding this type of work.

In this video, you will learn a few techniques and trick of the trade to get your next project done quickly and correctly. Whether you are working in your garage welding a home project or welding thousands of pieces on a turntable, this video will help you master your craft.

Click here for more information on welding on a turntable.

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