So I’ve decided to set up my own art foundry (lost wax ceramicshell and ludo investments). I’m goingto be pouring silicon & LG3 bronze and aluminium. My equipment list for the whole foundry ismammoth but I’m trying really hard to make sure every bit of kit… from tinywingnuts to big flash burnout kilns are exactly what I need.
Now comes the big question… which TIG to buy…
Surprisingly I am not much of a welder, my experience is only8 months chasing silicon bronze sculptures, and during this time it was alittle head down (ass up), I was handed a pre-set TIG and told to get on withthe job. So I need a little advice as towhich welder to buy as I have little Tech knowlege.
I have budgeted around $3,000, but this can be more if itreally has to be. The artworks I will becasting won’t really be load bearing therefore the welds only have to look goodonce chased… does this make a difference in selecting a welder?
I like the idea of a foot pedal to control the heat, thesections I will be welding together (dependent on artwork) can be very shapely,lots of facets, and often varying thicknesses. Does anyone have any experiencewith this foot pedal on work like this?
Once I buy the thing it’s going to sit in the foundry, so I don’tnecessarily need any of these handbag welders.
And is Miller actually any good? I have recently been usinga ‘Migatronic’ a Danish TIG that’s pretty sweet to run, but the circuit boardwent bust after 4 months… My friend informed me that Miller is the Connoisseurschoice of welder & even though I trust his opinion, a few more views woulddo me good before I part with my hard earned cash!