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Old 01 March 2012, 15:26   #21
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I bought a Tig welder to do some stainless fabrication. I did a lot of research before buying a Lorch T220 (German) AC/DC, (as I am doing some aluminium stuff as well). The machine is the dogs doodads,it is the upper end in price, but has excellent support and is good value in my books.

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However, learning to use it is another story. I have been Mig welding for 25+ years but that is a doddle compared to Tig.

I would say the key is in getting all the settings right before you start. Once it is set up to suit what your doing, it is not too bad. I would advise getting on a course somewhere and learn how to do it properly. I am paying a qualified Tig welder to come and teach me on site and I am still crap at it!
It is worth paying attention to how the settings work. I hate menus where one knob and display does 100 different functions. I find I am constantly referring to the handbook as I can't remember where to locate the setting I want. The Lorch is very good and intuitive on this front.

I found this site to be very informative with lots of vids showing what to do.

Welding Tips and Tricks - TIG, MIG, Stick and a pantload of other info

Good luck.
Thanks for the info and the link, I like the TigFinger Heat Shield

I think I would like to try it out before I buy one, the local welding course is 300 for 10 weeks at night school and I'm not even sure it covers tig
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I think I would like to try it out before I buy one, the local welding course is 300 for 10 weeks at night school and I'm not even sure it covers tig
Those who can't, teach

Much better off if you can find a pro who's willing to spend a few hours in the shed with you. I've done it for a few people, stainless is a piece of p**s
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Looks like I'll be buying a box of Tetley then
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Those who can't, teach

Much better off if you can find a pro who's willing to spend a few hours in the shed with you. I've done it for a few people, stainless is a piece of p**s
my old man did a course....learnt sweet FA ! Then spent some time with airframe welders ....he reckoned 10 minutes with them was more then the whole course !
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Much better off if you can find a pro who's willing to spend a few hours in the shed with you. I've done it for a few people, stainless is a piece of p**s

To be fair, the guy who teaches that particular course is an exceptional welder-and a pro who does it for a living during the day.

He's not a very good teacher though. It's a shame because the last tutor was a good teacher and the welding shop there is fantastic.

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Looks like I'll be buying a box of Tetley then
Buy loose leaf-on your first few tries you'll probably make a bit of scrap into a teastrainer
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I think I've got enough practice pieces to build a tea strainer
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there were so many things to look at in your rather awesome workshop.
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i think that to start off with you should have bought a cheap scratch start tig without any fancy features and just played with it - thats what i did and very quickly got the hang of it and produced extremely good welds. i still use that set now, but now i also own an ac/dc set that will do ally as well.
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Once you have picked up the hang of it, do you think you'll be doing much fabrication work? If its only to knock up a few flare box brackets then you might find it more cost effective to just convince a welder near you to spend a bit of time showing you how its done..... I know a fee friends who thought similarly, bought a cheap(ish) dc set, got some 316 rods, opened an account to get a bottle of gas used the set on and off for a month or two to fabricate what they had to fabricate then got fed up seeing nearly a grand's worth of gear sat collecting dust in the corner of the garage..... :-(
I justify the set i use in my workshop (a couple of K's worth of AC/DC machine) because it pays for itself after a few years based on the number of both stainless/ ally jobs that come in... If i didnt have the demand i would get fed up pretty quickly with the rental cost of my 3 bottles let alone the investment of the gear sat doing nothing.....
As many have said, if you can justify it, try to buy a decent set from a reputable manufacturer, i have always found that where welding is concerned ( especially tig'ing) it pays to spend that little bit more....

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I haven't bought one yet but I am still keen to try one, the tig will be used for my ribbing hobby and also I have always wanted to learn how to weld.

I have spent the last 20 years working with copper and iron tube so I hope that I can use some of those skills to bend and cut 316 SS tube.

I am quite keen on this one:

Tig Welder DC, 160Amp DC Inverter Tig Welders, Tig Welding Equipment

A large bottle of gas is 101 for the first purchase and then about 60 for a refill.

I guess I will be looking at 500 to buy this lot with a few rods etc, they do have a factory shop that's not too far away so I can collect it.

Or there is always the secondhand option that I could have a look at?

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