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Hobbyist Tig Welder

Curious about if I wanted to snag one, what am I looking at for cost. etc.

Main job is for doing pinning barrels.
http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_3_4/391053_.html

And I figure some small fun projects for myself.


Anyone have any direction for me to research/brands, etc.

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a tig welder made by a known company will generally run about 1k+ and will also require you to have a tank of argon hooked up to it, figure another 2-3 hundred if you want to buy that, rental is an option but I dont know those rates. A tig will also generally require a 3 phase power source

TIG will allow you to weld both steel and aluminum given the correct settings and setup but aluminum is a tricky bitch just a warning

in the link you provided the guy used a mig welder, which if used with flux core wire will not need a gas bottle, solid steel wire will require a bottle of c02 at minumum and preferably a bottle of mixed gas 80/20 carbon/argon which helps to reduce spattering.
a good "home" sized welder of this sort will run about 400-500. this type will run on standard 110v

the mig welder(wirefeed) will generally limit you to working with steel though. this would be my recomendation strongly if the primary use is pinning, esp with the flux core wire since you are only doing tack welds with less than a second of on time each. if you wanna give this a try let me know

if youve seen pictures of my past welding work it was all done with a mig welder running flux core wire.

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Jason, can you be a little more specific?

Lol, J has mad welding skills, props.
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JAsons stuff is good but I will add that there are a lot of small tig welders - <250 Amps - that run off single phase 220V power.

But yea for the job you want to do a Mig welder that runs off 110V will do you just fine, are a lot easier to procure and easier to get up and running on.

This guy has run a bunch of welds on the Everlast welder side by side with the Blue and Red machines. I think the general conclusion i can draw is that for hobbyist or home guy it would be a good economical choice, but its worth spending the extra for the bigger brands when you are doing it every day.

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What do you want to know? I tig weld almost daily and have 7 welders currently.
I can't see that link, it's blocked at work.

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What do you want to know? I tig weld almost daily and have 7 welders currently.
I can't see that link, it's blocked at work.
You're at work at 2:39 am? Also... can you weld titanium?
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You're at work at 2:39 am? Also... can you weld titanium?
Yep i work 11:45pm to 12:15pm.
I've never tried titanium, so I'll say no. lol
I mainly do aluminum. Going to try building a SS manifold as my next project.

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A lot of good info on weldingweb.com

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