When you can Tig the bottom of two soda cans together you have made it to the dark side of welding!!! That was my final in school and with a 15K machine..
I've seen people do that. Is it super hard? Do you use like 30amps if that?
I own a Miller Syncrowave 200. It's a cool machine and will do more than I could ever need. Like I said, I only get to mess around with it once in a while because of my work schedule. Tig welding is a lot of fun, I wish I had more time to play with it.
That is just a small piece of the aluminum plate I bought. I cut the piece of aluminum into three pieces. It cost me $15 but was well worth it my opinion. I could turn that piece over and weld the other side. Aluminum is awesome to practice on because you can keep making passes over and over. Every other bead will look dull just because of the Argon. I bought that piece from Metal Supermarkets in Elk Grove, but the guy told me that their big warehouse with more materials is in Villa Park.
That is a good machine from what I have read. I ordered the eastwood tig welder and it showed up broken so I sent it back and picked up the miller diversion 180. Thus far I LOVE it.
I started with a harbor freight arc/stick that I converted to tig. It's in the classified section and I'm glad I started there to learn how to do it and see if I liked it before I made the big jump.
Do you use a gas lens? I have the stuff to do it, but never tried it yet. I have heard great things about using one. I'm still looking around for a small project I can build myself.
I like this thread, good topic. I need to learn to use the mig I bought. Any tips are always appreciated
What do you have? I started with a harbor freight flux welder I got used for $80. Then I upgraded to a lincoln 145 weldpak from home depot. What an AWESOME mig welder. I loved it. However I started tig and the mig just collected dust and I just sold it.
When you mig you need to listen, you want it to sound like bacon is sizzling in a frying pan. Keep the stick out short, less than 1/2" (IIRC) and do cursive "U" or "e" shapes. That is how I got the best welds.
Ugh, I can't even weld with the new welder it's soooo damn hot in the garage!