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    Default Tig Pen

    has anyone used or are now using a tig pen filler feeder ?

    rookie here having a hard time feeding the filler, especially with gloves on, and was thinking about getting one.

    is it a thumb wheel type feeder system, or how does it work, feed the filler ?

    i know you old pros are gonna suggest against it....... LOL......

    but i am getting frustrated in having to either stop the arc to feed, or push the filler through my fingers while pushing it against my helmet or chest....
    thanks...
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    yes, it does seem that maybe i am using too small a filler maybe, but the pros at my work can run a single bead using the entire length of 36 inch filler without stopping.
    then manipulate there fingers in such a manner the filler just advances in their hand as if it were a mig wire. LOL.
    i can do it fairly good without gloves, but with gloves i can not do it at all.

    i guess it will come with time....thanks....
    SyncrowaveŽ 200
    Lincoln AC/DC 225/125
    Lincoln Weld Pak 100 wire feed

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    FabMan a easy way to cheat is to stick the rod in the puddle back the torch off, slip your hand back, remelt your rod out of the puddle and continue on.

    In time you will start feedeing before you know it.

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    If the pen helps you then you should consider purchasing one but it will make the transition back to manual feeding all that much harder to learn. Manual feeding comes with practice and time. Try welding with different gloves as there are lots of choices on glove materials that will help with hand dexterity.
    I have had jobs that required welding non stop over a 50 plus minute cycle where I would place 8 pcs of 36 inch welding wire under my leg while sitting in the chair that I would use during the welding process. I never could have done that with the tig pen so there is limitations to that tool.


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    Scott

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    There is an interesting discussion of a technique for feeding TIG filler that isn't what I would have come up with at:

    http://www.weldsmith.co.uk/tech/weld...eed_extra.html

    Whether or not you like the technique, if you can find a period during the day to practice, it would help. Just put on your usual gloves and feed a couple of feet of wire (looped at both ends, to avoid accidents). Keep working at it until you come up with a technique that you can do without thinking about it.

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    I hold the rod between my middle and ring finger and feed it forward using my index finger and thumb.

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    FABMAN,
    The tig pen works simply by rolling a small wheel "rearward" to feed the filler forward. It work fine but the ones I have are too clunky for my taste.
    Try cutting your filler in half or thirds to make them smaller. I teach my beginners to push the back of the filler against their shoulder or chest when needing to get more length. I usually don't use gloves for my filler hand but if you insist, get the thinnest glove available for that hand.
    If you have the dexterity to use chopsticks, feeding filler will be easy to learn.

    Good luck
    Andy

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    Propulsion is right, the right gloves mak a difference.

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    once you learn manual feeding you wont look back at gizmo's like that, and the only way to learn manual feeding is to practice
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    One of my welders had one in there tool box.
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