AC/DC Tig Welder Review

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This is a review of 4 different AC/DC tig welders.

Lincoln tig 175
miller diversion 180
everlast 210ext
lincoln square wave 200

All of these are affordable tig welders that can weld aluminum as well as steel.
but all have their pros and cons.
watch the video to learn more.

Tig Welders

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This is part 1 of a series of videos about tig welders.

the simplest setup for tig welding is a simple scratch start tig.
Almost any DC stick welder will work.
But that is not always the best option.
There are new inverter power sources available that come with tig torch and flowmeter and are very affordable.
Remember these DC tig welder setups shown in this video are for mainly for steels and stainless steels and will not weld aluminum.

So what can you weld with a scratch start or lift arc DC tig welder?
Handrails, Pipe, Small fabricated items like a welding cart or table. sanitary food service piping and more.

The ironic thing about a basic scratch start tig welder is that because it is so crude, it requires more skill to make a good weld.

Tig and Stick Welding Garage Door Fix

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I helped a friend fix his sagging garage doors.
They need a cable and turnbuckle because the door frames are not rigid enough to handle the weight without sagging.
Tig welded the brackets using er70s-6 rod at 160 amps.

But for welding the brackets to the door frames, I used 6011 stick welding rod and a lincoln 210 mp welder.

TIG, MIG, and Stick Welding Tips from the 2015 DVD set

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I am guessing that if you are reading this, at least one of the next few statements describes you.

“I learn by getting my hands dirty.”
“Just show me how and then let me try it.”
“I have slight issues with authority and dont like a lot of rules.”

(All three are true about me)

Another thing I am guessing about you is that you want to improve your skills.

Otherwise , why you you even be here reading this?

Well, you are in the right place because I am all about improving welding skills….Including my own.

That is one of the things I like about welding is that there is always something new to learn…..Always.

…and Videos are a very valuable tool for learning…I even learn from watching my own videos because while I am editing a video, I usually see something I didnt even notice while welding and shooting the video.

I miss a few things when I have my arms wrapped around a camera, but when I watch later, I see new details…and its instructive for me too.

One thing I have learned after teaching people to weld for over 20 years is…

We Welders are a different breed.

We typically learn by watching and by doing. Not just by reading.

In fact, you cannot learn to weld by just reading.

You have to get in there and do it.

And when it comes to welding, the best learning often happens just by looking over someones shoulder and then trying it yourself. Especially when the someone showing you is explaining things to you in plain talk.

Video often works even better than looking over someones shoulder.


Because with a Welding DVD, you can replay key scenes as many times as you want.

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when I was in welding school, I was lucky to get one or two hands on demonstrations per week. The instructors were spread pretty thin back then and still are today.

I would have loved having a video to watch over and over to get me past those sticking points.

What is the one thing that makes all the difference in a good welding video?

Is it awesome graphics? ripple dissolve transitions between scenes? A deep radio voice on the narration?

Not for me.

I have purchased several welding DVD’s for myself and none of that stuff ever impressed me.

How about clear shots of the welding puddle and arc along with plain talk explaining what is going on?

Thats what makes for a good welding video.

If I can see a good arc shot along with an explanation and some basic machine settings, thats all I need.

I talked with a welding instructor recently who ordered several hundred dollars worth of welding training videos from an educational website.

The videos were horrible…He was so disappointed when he first watched them because of the college professors monotone narration and lousy arc shots. His students hated them too so he put them in a drawer.

You wont have that problem with this Welding DVD.

I am no College Professor…No PhD here

I am a welder.

I dont use fancy terms, and I hate overly complicated explanations of anything.

But here is what you can expect in this Welding DVD set…

Over 7 hours of welding videos showing all kinds of different types of welding tasks that were done in a real job shop over a 12 month period.
Arc shots that are instructive and explained by a regular guy.
a mix of carbon steel, stainless, and aluminum welding shots.

It took 4 DVD discs to fit all these videos.

So whats on these 4 Discs?

scroll down and check it all out.

Disc 1 – TIG
1. TIG Steel – Pedal Pulse
2. Open Butt Root Tips
3. 2F Lap Joint Carbon Steel
4. Tips for 2F Tee Joints
5. Machine Shop Weld Repairs
6. Gravy Job: Carbon Steel w/ Positioner
7. Gravy Job: Flange Weld w/ Positioner
8. TIG Welding Thin Aluminum
9. Aluminum with Argon Helium Mix
10. Aluminum with Argon Helium Mix

Disc 2 – TIG
1. Thick Aluminum using DC and Helium
2. Lincoln PowerMig 210MP
3. Tack Welding Thin Aluminum without Filler
4. TIG Welding Aluminum Lap Joints
5. Filler Wire Size, Furick 12 Cup
6. 1″ Aluminum 175 amp, Argon Helium Mix
7. Rods, Storage, Arc Shots
8. Stainless: Walking the Cup vs Tig Finger
9. Stainless to Carbon to A572 w/ 309 Filler
10. Distortion: Tips for Keeping it Square
11. Shaft Keyway and Carbide Precipitation

Disc 3 – MIG & Stick
1. Problems MIG Welding Downhill
2. Downhill MIG Welding Part 2
3. MIG on Saturday: Gases & Weld Symbols
4. MIG Aluminum w/ Spool Gun
5. MIG: Wire Speed & Penetration
6. Quick Tips: MIG Uphill
7. MIG: 3G Vertical Open Root Plate Test
8. MIG w/ CO2 – Lincoln PowerMig 210mp
9. Stick: 7018 Flat & Horizontal
10. Stick: 7018 2G Plate Test
11. Stick: Vertical 7018
12. Stick: 4G Overhead Weld Test
13. Stick: 7018 Multi Pass
14. Stick: 7018 Overhead, Vertical, Horizontal

Disc 4 – Projects
1. TIG Welding Batman
2. TIG Aluminum Expansion Tanks
3. Lift Arc TIG Socket Welds
4. 7018 Stick, Silicon Bronze TIG – Industrial Lamp
5. TIG 6061 T6 Aluminum w/ 4643 Rod
6. TIG Pulse Comparison: Motorcycle Part
7. TIG Rod Rack, Pulse Settings, Speed Tacking…
8. Stainless TIG Build Up, Shaft Repair
9. Welding Cart Project 1
10. Welding Cart Project 2
11. Welding Cart Project 3

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Tig Brazing with Silicon Bronze for light duty fixtures

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Silicon Bronze tig brazing rod has lots of uses.

like build up of worn areas on thin wall tubing, or joining copper alloys to themselves or steels.

But one use is for light duty fixtures.
Silicon Bronze has a much lower melting point than carbon steel and that allows for less heat input and less distortion.

Silicon bronze is also very easy to grind so its handy for prototype work where the weld might need to be removed.
But make sure to note, it is not as strong as weld metal in most applications.
one exception might be for thin wall tubing on bicycles where a large fillet can compensate for the lower tensile strength.

In this video, a small fillet was tig brazed on 1/8″ (3.2mm) thick 2″ leg angle iron.
It did not pass the JD hammer test. On the second blow, it came apart.

So while silicon bronze is pretty strong, and is strong enough for a light duty fixture, it shouldnt be counted on for structural applications.

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