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Any of you bought tig welders and dont use them as much as you thought?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jimcaf, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. jimcaf
    Joined: Feb 12, 2008
    Posts: 129

    jimcaf
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    from san diego

    Just curious,I just sold my ESAB 252 tig a couple of weeks ago, I found i didnt use it no where as much as I thought I would.I find myself going for the mig or the oxy acetylene torch 99% of the time.
     
  2. telecustom
    Joined: Feb 17, 2009
    Posts: 336

    telecustom
    Member
    from Langey, BC

    I have a torch but would like to get my hands on a tig. I'm not really to big on the mig. I like how clean some of the guys on here can do with a tig. I think it's a shop must.
     
  3. kiwiandy
    Joined: Apr 19, 2005
    Posts: 418

    kiwiandy
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    Did you have much experience with the TIG? They take alot more practice than the mig. I prefer TIG though I don;t own one. Used them alot at work though. The tigs are a more verstile weld and the weld is more malable and not as hard as mig. If you can use the oxy acet. torch though you must have some skills.
    Andy.
     
  4. lowsquire
    Joined: Feb 21, 2002
    Posts: 2,564

    lowsquire
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    Found just the opposite. my Mig collects dust now. I fabricate full time, and reckon the mig is fired up once a month. Tig ? every couple of hours. Im considering selling the Mig and saving 180 bucks a year bottle rental.
     

  5. bigdav160
    Joined: May 5, 2007
    Posts: 153

    bigdav160
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    Same here.
     
  6. the one I think I could live without is the plasma cutter....tig, gotta have it.
     
  7. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,279

    metalman
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    Hmmm, lets see. I fill my tig bottle every couple weeks, my mig bottle every couple years. Guess that's an indication.
    I know there are a lot of times the mig would be faster and work just as well but I just like the look of a tig weld and I hate the sparks/ slatter from a mig. Maybe cause I wear shorts and sandels to work!
    To be fair, it took a couple months for me to fall in love with my tig, just got to make yourself get use to it.
     
  8. Streetwerkz
    Joined: Oct 1, 2008
    Posts: 718

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    They all have their place, o/a, mig, tig.
    I would never get rid of any of mine personally.

    I agree with practice tig is the preferred method here also
     
  9. PinHead
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 243

    PinHead
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    If you don't do a ton of bodywork, or anything other than steel, I could see it being a possibility. There's absolutely nothing wrong with using a MIG if you have the right technique, and it can be nearly as clean. Just personal preference is all.
     
  10. choke
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
    Posts: 323

    choke
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    I haven't had a MIG welder in years. I TIG everything, even frame clip conversion. It may take longer, but you can't beat the weld quality.
     
  11. I have a combo Tig / arc machine, a Mig and a Plasma cutter. It depends on what you are working on as to what machine you use. Doing the body I filled my co2/argon once every two weeks. When I was working with the Tig the tank lasted a month.
    I could not live without the plasma cutter working on old cars.
     
  12. Ok, guess I have to admit it. Yes, I have a TIG and I really don't use it. I use my MIG for virtually everything. MIG is just so simple and fast. Sure, nothing beats the look of a beautiful TIG weld, but when it comes time to weld up my run-stand for my engine, clutch brackets etc I always grab the MIG.


    Now, that said, I really don't have a lot of experience with my TIG (I bought it because I wanted to learn how to TIG) so the answer is "no, I am not very good at it" which also explains why MIG is "in my comfort zone" ... I am confident of my ability to MIG, I am not confident in my ability to TIG. So the answer really is "I prefer my MIG over my TIG". Now, that might change if I ever decide to focus on TIG welding BUT, when you need something done, and you aren't confident in your TIG skills the MIG gets pressed into action and the TIG sits ... kind of a vicious circle kinda thing, I "want" to spend more time with my TIG but I just can't.
     
  13. tig master
    Joined: Apr 9, 2009
    Posts: 416

    tig master
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    from up north

    Tig only. Don't even own a mig. Bin that way for 25 years,on my 3rd machine.

    Tig.
     
  14. Da Tinman
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,226

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    try that with a mig lol!

    I don't have a mig at all and dont miss it much. I also like not having to worry about slag fires over stupid shit.
     
  15. Mindover
    Joined: Jan 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,625

    Mindover
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    from England

    I have mig, Gas and tig, I bought a tig a few years ago but the only thing I tend to use it for is brackets. I prefer gas for bodywork, use the mig for odd jobs. Tig is a bit too awkward for welding on a car body when compared to gas. The results that can be got with gas for bodywork are just as good as tig it costs a lot less to set up for too!

    Below is some panel sections welded with gas...


    David
    [​IMG]
     
  16. hotrod harry
    Joined: Nov 9, 2008
    Posts: 46

    hotrod harry
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    from wisconsin

    those welds are good looking and i like those caulk gun clamps!
     
  17. I with the majority here my Mig gets used rarely since I got my TIG. About the only time I use it is if I need to tack something and it is just too difficult to TIG it comfortably.
     
  18. 26 roadster
    Joined: Apr 21, 2008
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    26 roadster
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    have mig, tig and stick and I would "get rid" of any of them
     
  19. It's an L-tec Heliarc 250 HF square wave machine. It's an older machine that I bought used from a race car chassis builder here in Toronto. He actually requested "first refusal" if I decided to sell. With all this talk, I guess I really should put some time in and actually get used to it. I have even thought of taking a community college course on TIG to get me going (though I haven't yet).

    I am absolutely stunned by some of the pictures on the "beautiful welds" post that is floating around this site ... but it is also somewhat disheartening too ... kinda like playing guitar and thinking you're decent, then seeing a real pro play and thinking "good god, I will never EVER get that good".
     
  20. jimcaf
    Joined: Feb 12, 2008
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    jimcaf
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    from san diego

    Thanks for all the responses guys!! I have to admit I dont have alot of hours under my belt with the tig, but I did start my career in the 70s using nothing but a torch working in the bodyshop business,,with time the late 70s early 80s it all went to mig, but now on the old stuff I been doing alot more of my sheet metal with a torch again,I been inspired by you guys out here and like what I see. Living in So Cal I work 95% out side under a carport or in the shop with the doors open and found the tig with any breeze changes everything.Anyway now that my tig is gone I second guessing myself .

    hey the Da tinman thats a nice tight looking little bead!!

    Mindover that is some fine workmanship on the quarter panel,,,and I do like the caulking gun clamps!!! great thing about this business we never stop learning.
    thanks again jim
     
  21. CutawayAl
    Joined: Aug 3, 2009
    Posts: 2,144

    CutawayAl
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    from MI

    People tend to use what they are most comfortable with. I can stick, MIG, TIG, and gas weld. All have their pros and cons. But if I was limited to one it would pick an AC/DC TIG machine 300 or more amps, and at least two different size torches. With the addition of an electrode holder you can also stick weld with a TIG machine.
     
  22. Yeah TIG is not an outside type of thing if it is breezy:). I like it for the exact opposite reason in that I am working in a fairly small garage and I find it much less worrysome. No sparks or open flame to light any fires.
     
  23. chevy3755
    Joined: Feb 6, 2006
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    i have all three and prefer the tig......i just need MORE practice.....:D
     
  24. RHOPPER
    Joined: Mar 12, 2006
    Posts: 263

    RHOPPER
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    I'd like to have a tig for all the little things where you'd like to go really slow and make neat little welds. A mig makes you go at the speed it needs to go.
     
  25. I barely use my mig. Tig and oxy/acetylene for me.
     
  26. CutawayAl
    Joined: Aug 3, 2009
    Posts: 2,144

    CutawayAl
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    from MI

    By using more heat and more rod you can get decent welds and go fairly fast with a TIG. When done properly(if you can call it proper) you end up with something that's strong with good penetration, and looks similar to MIG weld.
     
  27. tig master
    Joined: Apr 9, 2009
    Posts: 416

    tig master
    Member
    from up north

    Don't want my tig looking like mig. More heat "WTF"

    Tig.
     
  28. kkustomz
    Joined: Jul 4, 2007
    Posts: 342

    kkustomz
    Member
    from Texas

    When your mig welds look like tig welds then your good
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2011
  29. tig master
    Joined: Apr 9, 2009
    Posts: 416

    tig master
    Member
    from up north

    Now you're talkin

    Tig.
     

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