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DIYhooch wrote:Thanks so so much for posting this, especially the photos, each one is easily worth it's "thousand words".
This thread has me wanting to get a tig welder BADLY, I have contemplated it a couple of times and started looking into it but I always get lost in the details regarding AC/DC and all the functions etc etc. No one can ever give me a good answer because as soon as I mention I want to weld copper they just get a blank look on their face.
I have been using my dad's old fashioned arc welder for 20 years (the welder is actually 60 years old, man they did build things to last back then, the welding torch even has its original bakelite handle) and it still goes fine, have welded heaps of steel with that, I have also done a fair bit of oxy / acetylene cutting, welding, brazing but really want to try tig as I think it is my answer for still making as I am kinda tired of soldering/brazing plus I can start to make some stainless steel items I have wanted for a while but couldn't do with the oxy/acetylene.
I had a few questions I was hoping could be answered, the only things I will be wanting to weld are stainless/stainless copper/copper stainless/copper copper/brass stainless/brass:
- What welder do you recommend AC or DC, what functions etc etc?
- What sort of budget would I need for a 'decent' brand tig that would do the job, and having said that what are 'decent brands' these days (I have no idea)?
- Can you use one shielding gas for all the metal combinations I mentioned (stainless/stainless copper/copper stainless/copper copper/brass stainless/brass)?
Thanks very much.
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