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Choosing a Good Foot Control for TIG Welding

Oct 2014 30
15 15 Thu
Written by Mr. TIG (Wyatt Swaim)

Like many other accessories in TIG welding, it can be confusing when try to choose a good foot pedal for your welder. It is easy to get confused, because you would think that foot pedals are interchangeable from machine to machine, but that is absolutely NOT the case. There are even some cases where you will need a seperate foot control if you buy a new machine from the same manufacturer.

In this video we compared four different models that are commonly paired with the machines we use on the show, both imports and domestic machines. There are many different aspects of a foot pedal that you should look at before deciding to spend the money, espescially because TIG is such a finesse process.

Here are some of the things we compared for you:

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Aluminum Welding Certification: D17.1 6061 T6 Cluster

Oct 2014 24
15 15 Fri
Written by Mr. TIG (Wyatt Swaim)

 

TIG welding Aluminum is a difficult material to weld (See this video for a beginners video on how to weld Aluminum). There are so many things to worry about that don't come into play with most other materials, such as hot short cracking, increased heat absorption and many other factors. This is one reason why some welders get nervous when it comes to certifying in Aluminum. If this video, we go over one of the more difficult certifications, the cluster.

Here are some things to remember when welding a cluster (with any material):

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Everlast Power Plasma 50: Unboxing and Review

Oct 2014 09
15 15 Thu
Written by Mr. TIG (Wyatt Swaim)

Plasma cutters are on the rise among welders and fabricators due to their ease of operation and low cost to operate. Many welders are supplementing their shops with these versitile cutting machines, because it is so cheap to do so now. (If you are looking for more information on Plasma cutting for beginners, click this link) Unlike Oxy-Acetylene cutting and welding, plasma cutters don't require any special gas; just compressed air. In this episode, we look at the Everlast PowerPlasma 50. This is a 50 amp, dual voltage plasma cutter that is affordable, coming in at only about $850. So lets take a look at some of the things we liked and didn't like about the unit:

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D17.1 Certification Tips and Tricks for .063 Flat Plate Aluminum

Oct 2014 16
15 15 Thu
Written by Mr. TIG (Wyatt Swaim)

D17.1 Certification is primarily an aerospace certification, however it can be applied to many different industries. In this episode of TIG Time we look at how to certify for .063 flat plate Aluminum. There are a few things that you will want to do to insure that you have the best results when going for your certification; afterall, often times being certified is the difference between having and not having a job!

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Water Cooled TIG Welding: How to Setup your Machine

Sep 2014 30
15 15 Tue
Written by Mr. TIG (Wyatt Swaim)

TIG welding is a difficult welding process to master. However, most welders that are moving to a water cooled welding system have already learned how to TIG weld and they have found that they need a little more power out of their machine. For the guys who have just purchased their first water cooled system, or those who are thinking about getting a new water cooled system; this video will give you the knowledge you need to get started.

When you make the switch to water cooled, you should always ask yourself a few questions before you make the investment:

Why do you want to go water cooled?
So you are considering making the jump from an air cooled welder to a water cooled system... Why? On TIG Time we have done hundreds of videos and only a small percentage of them have used a water cooled setup. The reason for this is, most welders simply don't need the extras that water cooled TIG welding systems afford you. Unless you are welding above 200 amps or consistently welding at 200 amps and meeting your torches duty cycle, air cooled is probably the way to go. However, if your torch is consistently gettign too hot to handle you may need to upgrade your welder. (See our Intro to Water Cooled Welding for more info)

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