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    Anyone tried the tig-pen it seems like it might be useful?
    But Id like to hear someoneís opinion before I shell out the cash for a unknowen tool.

    http://www.store.yahoo.com/daytonamig/tigpen.html
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  • #2
    do a serch for it here its been coverd.
    short anser is some love it others not shour its that much help. kinda a personal thing, seems to be most helpfull on the smaller sizes and for thouse with grip problems.
    FWIW, i intend to get one when i start tigging i think it will be easyer to controle the filler, although i havent tryed one.
    thanks for the help
    ......or..........
    hope i helped
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    • #3
      I like mine, but I don't use it often only when the rod is small and hard to handle.
      Besides it's BLUE.

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      • #4
        I have one somewhere, used it about two hours before I decided
        it was about pointless. I like, and have, lots of little "trick" tools,
        but this is not in that catagory.
        For me it was a waste of money, not the first or last time, I'm sure!
        Somebody else may love it.
        Dave P.

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        • #5
          I've got one, and feel that I have better control when not using it, but I am sure all it takes it more practice.

          I do use it when I have a very long weld to make and it does help it that instance.

          $30 is not that big a investment, you can spend twice that on junk that doesn't last a month from harbor freight.
          Ben Fox
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          • #6
            I used mine for awhile when I first got it but not much anymore, besides its green. Tweco makes one that seems like it would be more useful but I only ever saw one that was for sale on ebay.
            Regards, George

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            • #7
              Thanks to all who responded.
              I think I will pass on the tig pen, as I am fairly comfortable with throttling back and letting filler freeze on weld then re-grip the filler.
              Not sure if itís the best technique but I lose control when I try to finger feed filler.
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              • #8
                it sounds like the pen is right for you if you have that problem, it will alow you to role out a lil more filler and keep going. if you have to stop and go all the time i think you should give it a try. maybee one of the guys thet finished with theres would be willing to hook ya up cheeper if they can still find theres. if not ya still might look into getting one as it adresses your problem. you can just spin the wheel to feed out a lil more filler. after all if you look at the amount of $$$ you spent to get set up to TIG, spending $30 more to make it easyer realy isent that much compared to the $2000 + you have already spent.
                thanks for the help
                ......or..........
                hope i helped
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                feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
                summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
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                • #9
                  you could always try one of thease:
                  http://www.arc-zone.com/catalog/web_...=6892375_53099
                  thanks for the help
                  ......or..........
                  hope i helped
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                  feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
                  summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                  JAMES

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                  • #10
                    James,

                    I have this one WF-3:http://www.ckworldwide.com/coldwire.htm Works fine if your going to do high production type work on the same thing day in day out. I still use the old fashion method of feeding by hand way more than I use the coldwire feeder. I found this feeder used in fantastic condition with a CWHTL312 torch, I would have never sprung for the price of a brand new one.

                    Pete

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                    • #11
                      $1150 is kinda steep for a machine that spools out wire. I might buy a really cheap/used/broken 110v mig welder and disable it so that all it does is feed wire.

                      Could be a fun little project
                      Ben Fox
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                      • #12
                        heck you could buy a brand new MM135 for less the $1200 they want for that thing. it was realy kind of a jock suggestion, i didnt realy think he would be looking for something like that i just ran acrost it will looking to see if they caried the tig pen, and what there return policy on it would be as it sounds like he is the ideal person for a tig pen as he has truble feeding the filler threw his hand and the pen has a roller for that. i supose if ya had the $$$ and were doing productin the $1200 would be justifiable, like ya said though it would have to be the same thing repeatedly in order to not spend more time ajusting the speed than actualy welding. it dose seem like an allfull lot of cash for basicly a MIG feeder with no welding power. i supose there is more to it than meets the eye witch could contribute to the high $$$.
                        thanks for the help
                        ......or..........
                        hope i helped
                        sigpic
                        feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
                        summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                        JAMES

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                        • #13
                          OK Ill give the tig-pen a try and report back when I have put it to use.
                          I weld a lot of ĺĒ 035 and 049 chromoly tubing and typically use 035 rod so the rod goes quick.
                          As far as the more automated wire feeders I think itís a little overkill for my application, as I need to reposition often, 3 inches is probably the longer of the runs I might need to do at a time.
                          I think the muscle action needed to advance the rod through the pen might make placement difficult at the puddle? Guess Ill find out.
                          Ordered it today so give me a few days to report.
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                          • #14
                            tig-pen review

                            Tig-pen
                            I got the tig-pen recently and have used It for around 4 hours of welding. I really like it.
                            Itís made of metal although it appeared to be plastic from the pictures I have seen.
                            Quality seems good and better than I expected. It feeds rod smoothly with minimal effort.

                            In application
                            First thing that I noticed was full-length rod are easier to control, I usually will cut rods in half.
                            Placement of rod into the weld pool was good, but the amount of rod feed takes a little getting used to, itís easy to over add with larger rods.
                            On thinner rods where they get consumed faster I found it does what I wanted it for, as I donít need to stop the weld process to re-grip the rod.
                            With more time I think will be a must have item for me. If not already.
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                            • #15
                              congrats

                              glad to here it worked out for ya. you may in time out grow it as you get better or as ya said it may become a naceseti. eather way it sounds like it was well werth the $$$.
                              i knida figured from your post you would be one of the ones that it helps. its not for every one, but its a big help for some.
                              thanks for the help
                              ......or..........
                              hope i helped
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                              feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
                              summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                              JAMES

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