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  • TIG, even a blind squirrel...

    Finds an acorn now and then!

    I've been tigging all day with the Diversion 165 and learning some stuff, I've been playing with dirfferent sized cups, gas rates and feeds.

    Mostly been watching the puddle to get a handle on that. Switched Tungstens too as I was using 2% thoriated on aluminum. Today I've been using my only orange. Ceriated??

    Over the course of the day I've seen an improvement in the control. Nowhere near calling myself a welder yet but at least I'm getting to look at the details. Watching the puddle seems paramount to me so far....

    The new WP-17 and silky cable seems a small advantage over the LS-17 stiff cable supplied with the Diversion.

    THANX to all of you Pro's for the guidance and encourement!!

    Steve
    Miller Diversion 165
    1966 Bridgeport Mill
    Leblond 15x 35 Regal Servoshift lathe
    Solberga SE 1425 Drill Press
    Bigass Bandsaw
    Hydraulic press
    small surface grinder
    Belt sander
    Tons of grinders and hand tools
    Knife edge Balancing rollers
    Heat and AC in the garage

    Jags and racing Triumphs

  • #2
    Here's what I've learned today, center outwards with the peremiter being the last effort .

    Kinda makes me think of those Alien horror films but nonetheless you can see some progress from Moron to Clueless? Eh?

    After Clueless I get to speak loudly in bars about the craft, right?
    Last edited by GT6Steve; 05-11-2013, 04:25 PM.
    Miller Diversion 165
    1966 Bridgeport Mill
    Leblond 15x 35 Regal Servoshift lathe
    Solberga SE 1425 Drill Press
    Bigass Bandsaw
    Hydraulic press
    small surface grinder
    Belt sander
    Tons of grinders and hand tools
    Knife edge Balancing rollers
    Heat and AC in the garage

    Jags and racing Triumphs

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    • #3
      Woah....

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      • #4
        Thats aluminum right? You should try PURE Tungsten, you'd probably see a bit more consistancy.

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        • #5
          TIG, even a blind squirrel...

          Pure tungsten is for transformer based tig welders, keep using the orange/gray (new color) 2% ceriated on your inverter.

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          • #6
            Good looking out brother, the only Alum. I have ever welded was with 2% so thanks for the correction.

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            • #7
              I meant pure, thats all I have used personally.

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              • #8
                Playing more today I seem to be doing better with smaller cups. I went away from the #8 gaslens and 3/32 rod and am doing a #6 standard cup. About 20 CFM.

                I'm thinking the #8 stuff is just about the maximum size for the Diversion and I may benefit from smaller.

                I ground off all the crap mess the Alien pic and I'm going at it again with smaller parts.

                Last time round I noticed a "solar flare" type hot spot at the top of the tungsten envelope. If that makes sense.

                I'll grind it again and see what it looks like then. Can I correctly assume the plume should look as stable as a gas torch?
                Miller Diversion 165
                1966 Bridgeport Mill
                Leblond 15x 35 Regal Servoshift lathe
                Solberga SE 1425 Drill Press
                Bigass Bandsaw
                Hydraulic press
                small surface grinder
                Belt sander
                Tons of grinders and hand tools
                Knife edge Balancing rollers
                Heat and AC in the garage

                Jags and racing Triumphs

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                • #9
                  Hmmm, I'm out of argon and out of filler rod. maybe that's a good thing for the welding world....
                  Miller Diversion 165
                  1966 Bridgeport Mill
                  Leblond 15x 35 Regal Servoshift lathe
                  Solberga SE 1425 Drill Press
                  Bigass Bandsaw
                  Hydraulic press
                  small surface grinder
                  Belt sander
                  Tons of grinders and hand tools
                  Knife edge Balancing rollers
                  Heat and AC in the garage

                  Jags and racing Triumphs

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                  • #10
                    WooHoo!,

                    Fresh argon, more filler rods, different Tungstens, Let's go learn something! This aluminum welding has a lot of tricks to figure out
                    Miller Diversion 165
                    1966 Bridgeport Mill
                    Leblond 15x 35 Regal Servoshift lathe
                    Solberga SE 1425 Drill Press
                    Bigass Bandsaw
                    Hydraulic press
                    small surface grinder
                    Belt sander
                    Tons of grinders and hand tools
                    Knife edge Balancing rollers
                    Heat and AC in the garage

                    Jags and racing Triumphs

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