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  • Best tig torches for chassis work

    I am looking to buy a new tig torch for chassis work. I have been using a CS310 for years, since I could be welding 1/16" SS one minute and 1/4" aluminum the next. I have always found it to cumbersome for doing chassis work but just put up with it. After working on a rollcage all day today I have had enough. I'm not sure if I should go for the smallest watercooled or will an aircooled be adequate?

  • #2
    My vote would be for a water cooled torch. I have used both and water cooled is smaller and cooler, generally more maneuverable (the cables/tubes are more flexible). Unless you need really small I would think a #20 like a Weldcraft WP-20 would fit the bill perfectly.

    -Dan

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    • #3
      Steve,

      My favorite for doing my chassis work is the Weldcraft WP 225. It is a 250Amp flex torch and has different heads that you can set up for different work that interchange right on the torch body. I use 4 main heads. The #9 70deg, #9 90deg, the #24 and the 1726 for heavy work like your 1/4". The 1724 and the 9 70deg are included with the torch purchase.

      Good luck!

      Andy

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      • #4
        is it water cooled?

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        • #5
          It would be nice if I could get away with air cooled, for the weight.

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          • #6
            Water cooled are as a rule, lighter than air cooled....
            compare the CS310 body at 3 oz
            vs. the CS300 (air cooled) body at 10 oz

            The WP-225 mentioned is water cooled:

            Weldcraft® WP-225 (formerly SF-225) TIG Torch Specifications

            Amperage: 225 DCSP maximum, 100% duty cycle
            Water-cooled body: 180º body with interchangeable heads
            Electrode capacity: .020" (.5mm) -- 5/32" (4.0mm) varies by head type
            Torch body weight: 4 oz. (113.4g)
            Torch length: varies by head type
            Handle diameter: 3/4" (19.0mm)
            Water flow: 1qt./min. (0.946 L/min.)
            Maximum pressure: 50 psi (3.448 BAR)


            The WP-20 is probably the most popular water cooled TIG torch but the 225 offers a lot of flexibility.

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            • #7
              One more vote for a flex neck/head water cooled.
              Sometimes it's really nice to be able to bend the head
              around where it needs to be.
              Dave P.

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              • #8
                There is a conversion kit from Weldcraft for your air cooled torch to use the interchangeable heads but you still only have a 150 amp system.

                Andy

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                • #9
                  Andy,

                  any chance you could post a few pics of that torch, and the heads? maybe with a piece of tubing for comparison?

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                  • #10

                    The diameter of the torch is 3/4" sames as the the WP-20 and
                    the body is 4 oz. The length will be determined by which head you attach. Here's some pics of some of the various heads:
                    http://www.arc-zone.com/index.php?ma...h=13_18_42_342

                    Hope that helps.

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                    • #11
                      I've used air cool and water cool I prefer air cool if you don't go over 200 amps alot. I just bought a Weldcraft WP26V 200 amp air cooled but haven't tried it yet will soon when I build my trailer.

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                      • #12
                        Chris...do you need the valve??
                        Give the FV a try some time...they are sweet F=flex
                        I like the #26F= flex but no valve

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                        • #13
                          What does the valve do? How does it help? Seen some come with and without, and don't have a clue what it is adjusting.

                          James

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by StillBoostin View Post
                            What does the valve do? How does it help? Seen some come with and without, and don't have a clue what it is adjusting.

                            James
                            It's a shielding gas valve on the handle, to adjust shielding gas flow....

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                            • #15
                              It's to use on rigs without a gas valve on the machine. If you have a gas valve you don't need it.

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