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    What is the general thought on how to move the Tig torch while welding. Is it a back and forward movement or a circle type movement while moving the puddle. Its been a long time since I have used a Tig torch and forgot how I used to do it. I seem to get great penetration, but weld appearance is not always that great at least to me. If anyone could post some of their welds or practice peices I would appreciate it, so I can see if I'm being to **** on this.


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    Tig torch movement

    I teach all of my students to walk the cup. It's like doing a duck walk. Set your cup down on the metal and start walking it, this take sometime to learn but when you get it their is no comparison to the welds you will get. Walking it is the way to get that perfect look each time. practice with the machine off and rock the cup back and forth and move forward slowly. Aslo think of the torch as light as a feather.

    I work for a large Pharma. Company and teach as well as inspect welds.

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      its a feel kinda thing. many do it many diferent ways. you can just run in a strait line and dab and go dab and go, befor you know it you will just be going and kinda tapping the filler in the pudle as you move forward. the fella that showed me is amazing to watch, its like he is MIG welding he just zipes along tapping the filler and befor ya know it ther is a sweet beaded line acrost the work. i have not tryed the walking the cup methoud as its generaly consider for pipe welding in the grove, i have not seen it used for all positions so i supose lerning other options is a good idea. i dont think i would want to try to walk the cup on thin plate but it might be doable.
      thanks for the help
      ......or..........
      hope i helped
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        you might conside picking up the Miller student packet, it has a great TIG book in it and at $25 its a great value with MIG,TIG and stick books as well as some other good info and a set of welding calculators.
        oh ya and with a welder purchas you get a free jacket, nice one too.
        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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        • #5
          hankster

          Originally posted by weldingcowboy64 View Post
          I teach all of my students to walk the cup. It's like doing a duck walk. Set your cup down on the metal and start walking it, this take sometime to learn but when you get it their is no comparison to the welds you will get. Walking it is the way to get that perfect look each time. practice with the machine off and rock the cup back and forth and move forward slowly. Aslo think of the torch as light as a feather.

          I work for a large Pharma. Company and teach as well as inspect welds.
          I'd like to learn more about "Walking the Cup." What angle is the torch held at, does this work for all types of joints? I've heard of pipe welders using this method. How much "stick out" do you need for the electrode? Is there a text, book, magazine, etc. where I can learn more about it? Thanks. Hankster

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          • #6
            Take a look here...
            http://www.weldinginspectionsvcs.com/WalkingTheCup.htm
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