Another update from vintagespeed from ADV Rider on his Alphatig.
so here's some pics of my boogers after a 120cu/ft bottle of argon; ~ 1.5 tungstens and about 6hrs run-time.
i know it's not good, but it's my experience after 20+ yrs MIG and stick
welding and never picking up a TIG machine before. i think at the end
of the next bottle i'll be much happier with the results. and i'm going
to pick up some stainless too, that's where the pretty welds reside.
here's a 3/32 - 1/8" gap i filled in some mild steel of different
thickness, 1/8 on top of some 3/16". you can see where i undercut the
hell out of the 1/8":
definitely NOT stacking dimes, but i'd put it in service:
next up i really layed into it and cranked 'er up to 200amps and setup
some 1/4" plate on 1/4" angle. i was probably mostly 1/2 to 2/3 pedal
though so wasn't using the full monte and the torch got H O T for sure,
smoking a little bit even ,here & there:
you can see where i dip'd a few times, and i didn't prep the 1/4" AT
ALL, full mill-scale. i was also welding with the garage wide open and
not caring much about shielding gas dispursement, hence the pock marks
so there you have my review after about 6hrs on the machine. so far so
good. my AC is actually MUCH better than the ugly DC results above, but
what good is a welder if he can't do both? i'll keep practicing. so
far, i like this machine alot, it'll never replace my MIG for DC but
it's a great machine all around.