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Old 02-17-2010, 10:54 PM
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tig rods size to get?

i just got my tig machine and wanted to get some basic alloy and stainless rods.

what size is the common for guys to have on hand? lets say for turbo intercooler work and stainless downpipe work?

1/8?

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1/16 and 3/32 Stainless, maybe some .045"(I just take it off a spool of Stainless mig wire as I need it). can't think of the last time I needed 1/8 stainless, it was on like 1" plate. Got to match your alloy to what you are doing, but 316SS is a good general alloy.

1/16, 3/32, and 1/8 Aluminum 4043 alloy.

Electrodes - 1/16 and 3/32 for steels, maybe .040" if you plan to do any thin sheet stuff. You will want to get a big 3/16 if you plan to do any aluminum thicker than 1/4" as the smaller tungsten burns up trying to get aluminum hot enough.

2% Thoriated for steel(maroon color band) and will work with thinner aluminum. Green band color for the big 3/16 for Aluminum(don't remember the % condition).
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ok lets talk alloy for a sec

(1/16, 3/32, and 1/8 Aluminum 4043) alloy. is this a spec in regards to working material or the tungsten electrode? if ur talking about material worked on being those sizes then one set of electrodes> ( 316SS is a good general alloy) is what I need?

as far as I read. cfm for alloy is 20.?

tungsten electrodes distance from pink torch hat is 1/4"?

how far from material?

edit: my local supplier asking me which rods do I want for alloy this is the list he is asking me from. I think item 2 is for general alloy work?

1 Alloys of magnesium
2 Alloys of aluminium
3 Alloys of potassium
4 Alloys of iron
5 Alloys of cobalt
6 Alloys of nickel
7 Alloys of copper
8 Alloys of gallium
9 Alloys of silver
10 Alloys of tin
11 Rare earth alloys
12 Alloys of gold
13 Alloys of mercury
14 Alloys of lead
15 Alloys of bismuth
16 Alloys of zirconium

as for the tungsten electrodes,
they don't stock 1/16" 2% 'ceriated' pkg of 10 $19.99, but they do stock 3/32 2% 'ceritated' pkg of 10 $32.99 or pure 3/32 $32.99, 1/8" 2% 'ceriated' $38.99, pure 1/8 $52.45 or .040 (just under 3/64) 2% 'ceriated' $21.99.

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