Hi-Freq & AC stick & TIG Torch for aluminum?

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Re: Hi-Freq & AC stick & TIG Torch for aluminum?

Post by GlennW » Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:41 pm

steamin10 wrote:When I says 'Pops too much', the arc is not a smooth bacon fry sound. It literally has a crackle that is different.
Are you referring to MIG? :?

I've only ever used decent sized transformer type TIG machines though.

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Re: Hi-Freq & AC stick & TIG Torch for aluminum?

Post by steamin10 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:00 am

Yes, Aluminum in MIG. only heavy welds. 1/8 sheet and such. I dd not do any TIG on AL for fear of failure without freq. Lots of steel tho on the robot transformer machine.

I used tiny balls of 4x steel wool as arc sterters. They blow away in the flow but I never have to scratch the electrode.

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Re: Hi-Freq & AC stick & TIG Torch for aluminum?

Post by warmstrong1955 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:49 am

Thanks for the clarification on the MIG Big Dave!
I was not understanding the crackle either.....all my TIG machines, even the Linde HF box, and the little Hobart I had....hummed. That's true with all I have run. (Guess they don't know the words)

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