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    Hi, I'm new here and I've looked at a lot of the threads a wealth of exp and knowledge. My quuestion is : I have just purchased a syncrowave 250, and every time I weld with it, the lights flicker in my shop. I have a 100 amp entrance to my shop, and I am not weiding at full amperage-50-150 amps. Also weilding alum with this machine, what's the best tungsten, my supplier told me that I should only use pure , but I have trouble on thin material melting through. Probably my inexperience, but trying to learn all I can. I have had exp. with stick and mig in the past but not tig. Really want to learn. Thanks for any tips you can give.

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    odds are good you will just have to lern to live with the flickering lights as the syncro is a power eater for shore.
    as for tungsten. its becomming more and more popular for the transformer guys to use the newer tungstens available. i use lanthanated 2% for every thing as its good for AC & DC, it also holds a good point. if you are willing to spend the extra $$ you could try it. lerning TIG can be frustraiting there is no question about that, but once you start making progress you will realy start to love it.
    diamond ground will send you a few samples free if you ask them. it would be a good way to try out a new kind. they are also great people to deal with.
    good luck and happy welding to ya.
    thanks for the help
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    We have sncrowave 250 at work and it draws a ton even when not welding

    You sound like me. Over the years I have done quite a bit stick and MIG but just startedc to learn TIG a few yrs ago, and still learning. For aluminum I use pure [green]. I have SW180 and it works pretty good with pure. How thin aluminum are you welding on?? I have not tried lathinated, but the cerated worked good on steel.

    Fun4now: Where did you get your tungeston? And you use Lathinated on a transformer model or do you use it on an invertor?


    Good luck, TIG will try your paintence some but if you've done the others you can do this too, most all things are relavent between the processes
    Scott
    HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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    i'm on an inverter, the TA-185. there is no way i could power a transformer or i would be on a syncro 180 also.
    i get tung. from dimoand ground.
    i have seen several blogs on the miller site with people trying to improve productivity on the transformers by going to the newer tungsten with great results. so by all means give it a try.
    i made this cart out of 16 or 18 gages aluminum tube.
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    thanks for the help
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    Thanks for the tips. I was welding 1/16 alum with 1/16 filler and 1/16 pure tungsten. The outside corners were giving me the trouble. As soon as the arc started, the edges would melt away. I probably need to practice more with alum. I built up a worn bronze part to my boat with good results.
    Can you give me the address to the place for the tungsten?
    Thanks a lot

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    you might try laying the filler on the corner and starting the bead right on the filler. aluminum can be a real pain, when it formes a puddle unlike steel that flows the 2 plates togather aluminum acts like aposing magnets and the 2 puddles want to push away from each other. you can also start on one edje and hit it with filler fast befor it pulls away from the other wall. once the first filler is added it goes a lot smoother.
    i'll look up the address for you fro the tungsten from DG tomarow, i'm a lil too medicated at the moment to find any thing.
    thanks for the help
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    hope i helped

    feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
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