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Why You Can't TIG Weld with a MIG Mix Gas

Sep 2014 12
15 15 Fri
Written by Mr. TIG (Wyatt Swaim)

Have you ever tried to TIG weld with your MIG mix welding gas? Well if so, you know that it doesn't give you the best results. In this episode, Wyatt joins fellow YouTube welder and artist, Kevin Caron to answer the questions, "Why can't I use my MIG mix for TIG welding"?

Not only will Wyatt give you the technical reasons about why this doesn't work, but Kevin will hook up a 75 / 25 (Argon / CO2) mix and a 100% Argon tank, to show you the difference in how your weld will turn out if you do in fact use the right gas.

Some things DO mix between processes:
While it is never recommended to use a MIG mix for TIG welding, there are some things that can be mixed between these two processes. For instance, many people prefer tacking their projects with the MIG process, because they can do it with one hand and hold the part with the other. If done correctly, you CAN tack with GMAW and finish your welds with GTAW (learn more about TIG welding through MIG tacks here).

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Introduction to Water Cooled Welding

Sep 2014 26
15 15 Fri
Written by Mr. TIG (Wyatt Swaim)

Water cooled TIG welding is an area of TIG welding that many people think they NEED to get into. The fact of the matter is; unless you are running at [or near] 200 amps on a consistent basis (where you will approach the duty cycle of your torch) or you are welding above 200 amps, you really don't need a water cooled system. However, once you get into a 250 amp machine, it is a good idea to look into moving from air cooled to water cooled, because most people buy 250 amp machines for the higher end.

One of the major differences between water cooled and air cooled systems are in the torch itself (see more on air cooled torches). Most people are familiar with air cooled torches. Air cooled torches are easier to setup, smaller, and generally cheaper than their water cooled counterparts. However, when you need your torch to last at high amps for long periods of time, moving to water cooled torches are a necessity (learn more about different types of water cooled TIG torches here).

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TIG Welding Through MIG Tacks

Sep 2014 05
15 15 Fri
Written by Mr. TIG (Wyatt Swaim)

What you will learn in this video:

People always ask about mixing the MIG welding process with the TIG welding process. More specifically, we always get the question, "Is it okay to TIG weld through a MIG tack?". The short answer is, yes, you can. However, there are some things to be considered, such as:

Is your MIG filler compatible with your TIG filler metal?
How big is your MIG tack?
Etc...
 

This video helps you with your welding technique, as well as tips to help you successfully TIG weld through a MIG welded tack.

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Mr. TIG Series Power Plasma 50 Review

Sep 2014 18
15 15 Thu
Written by Mr. TIG (Wyatt Swaim)

 

Have you ever bought a machine, got it home and set it up; only to find you don't have all the parts and pieces needed to get started? The Mr. TIG Series line of machines make sure that this problem won't happen. In this episode we review the first plasma cutter in the Mr. TIG Series line, the PowerPlasma 50

Plasma Cutting Technique:
When using a plasma cutter, certain things are important to do to ensure you get the best performance out of your machine, as well as your consumables. One of the most important parts is setting your machine correctly. It is easy to max out your machine for everything you cut, but this will blow through your consumables very quickly. This video will give you some guidelines for setting your plasma machine for different metals and thicknesses.

Choosing a Plasma Cutter:
It can be difficult to choose the correct plasma cutter for your needs. Yoou always need to ask yourself a few questions before purchasing a plasma cutter. (1) What is the maximum thickness of metal that I plan on cutting? (2) What type of metal will I be cutting? (3) Do I want a dedicated plasma cutter or a Plasma / TIG multi-process machine (Learn more about Multi-Process Plasma Cutters here)? Once you answer these questions you will be able to narrow your search and have a better understanding of exactly what type of plasma cutter you need.

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TIG Time is a TIG welding video series that is dedicated to making our audience a better community of welders. Each show is loaded with welding tips, tricks and hints that will help you drop that perfect bead every time! All videos are shot from "behind the hood" so you can get the welders perspective. If you have a request or are in need of welding help; let us know with a comment below!

New episodes every Friday!

Check out some of the products we use in TIG Time:
CK WorldWide Torches
ArcOne Welding Helmets
Torch Wear Welding Gloves

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How to Choose Your TIG Torch Components

Aug 2014 29
15 15 Fri
Written by Mr. TIG (Wyatt Swaim)

TIG welding is one of the most difficult welding processes to master for many reasons. One reason that often gets overlooked is because there are so many different parts, pieces, components and accessories that it can be very difficult to choose the correct torch configuration. And lets face it, if you are starting with the wrong setup, it is going to be difficult to finish with the right results. In this episode of TIG Time we show you how to choose the correct Tungsten diameter and Alumina cup for your project. We also introduce the Mr. TIG series Gas Lens Kit.

Getting the most out of your new TIG welder:
Most first time TIG welders buy imported inverter machines these days, and while the machines get great reviews (most of the time) the accessories they come with leave a lot to be desired. The first thing you will want to do when buying your new welding machine is to upgrade your accessories package. This will include (in most cases) your torch, torch cable, foot control and adding a gas lens. Check out the Weld.com Store to see what kinds of accessories you can add on to your setup.


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Subscribe on YouTube and Never Miss a Video!
 
Have a question about welding? Ask Mr. TIG on the Welding Forum and have your question answered in a video!
 
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TIG Time is a TIG welding video series that is dedicated to making our audience a better community of welders. Each show is loaded with welding tips, tricks and hints that will help you drop that perfect bead every time! All videos are shot from "behind the hood" so you can get the welders perspective. If you have a request or are in need of welding help; let us know with a comment below!

New episodes every Friday!

Check out some of the products we use in TIG Time:
CK WorldWide Torches
ArcOne Welding Helmets
Torch Wear Welding Gloves

Read More