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    Default connecting an air cooled tig torch to a high frequency arc stabilizer

    I want to do aluminum repair work on boats and trailers etc..
    Can I do this without a water cooler connected to the arc stabilizer.
    I have a basic stick machine and a Hobart 1611 high frequency arc stabilizer.
    My air cooled tig torch is good to 150 amps.
    I understand that the argon flowing through the torch usually keeps it cooled.
    Do I have to connect a cooler to the high frequency unit or will it work ok without the water running through it. Any help is greatly appreciated. I really need to find more work to prevent losing my house. I love this website.

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    It will run fine without the water cooled torch. In fact with a water cooled torch and high frequency you can have the high frequency travel down the water in the torch and bleed out causing issues, should be using low conductivity coolant anyways with one though.
    Save yourself the money and see if your air cooled torch can handle the amps you're running just stick with it.
    Miller syncrowave 200 runner with coolmate 4
    and wp2025 weldcraft torch
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    Thank you. So is it ok to use the high frequency unit without coolant with either type tig torch?
    That is, either an air cooled type or a water cooled type torch? I have both.

    Also, is it recommended to use a low conductivity coolant if I do ever use a cooler someday?
    Could I use this set up with a miller 225G bobcat too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by a12bsmilin View Post
    Thank you. So is it ok to use the high frequency unit without coolant with either type tig torch?
    That is, either an air cooled type or a water cooled type torch? I have both.
    ?
    NO..!!!

    For clarity's sake if you are running a liquid cooled torch such as a WP20...

    it MUST be run wet with a liquid cooler..

    Running a liquid cooled torch dry will destroy it in a FLASH...

    Is this a water-cooled HF unit??

    could you post some pictures of your Hobart 1611 high frequency arc stabilizer..??
    Last edited by H80N; 11-29-2013 at 09:49 AM.
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    Only use the water cooled torch with a water cooler filled with coolant. If you run a water cooled torch dry it will almost instantly burn the water line when you weld. The power cable runs down the inside of the water cooler hose.
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    Thanks. I will try to post pictures tomorrow.

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