How To TIG Weld Aluminum – LIVE at Eastwood – TIG 200 AC/DC Welder

How To TIG Weld Aluminum – LIVE at Eastwood – TIG 200 AC/DC Welder


hey guys it’s matt for me store here in the eastwood garage to another live-text session for you guys on Facebook YouTube and also eastwood.com you guys haven’t watched one of these before we want it to be as interactive as possible we have sitting over here and it does a lot of videos as well meaning the chat as a good as a combat so Randy Randy will be answering any questions you guys might have about our today’s topic and will also be throwing some over to me live on camera so if you guys have questions I login join the chat and want to hear what you guys have to say so today I’m covering one we do this periodically we’re going to TIG welding aluminum basics today so make sure you guys have to start welding aluminum and some of the things that I’ve come across that are oftentimes stumbling points for beginners and we want you guys to kind of get up and running as quickly as possible so you ice cream Lena really nice welcome aluminum so today I’m using our 200 analog machine this machine is basically has everything you need it to do pretty much any type of TIG welding of any material and today we’re going to focus on the aluminum welding so to set up the machine will have Joe dive in real deep and we’re going to quickly discover some settings and then we’re going to do a lot of underhood shots today I just showing you two different settings on here so on the machine we’re going to be using the foot pedal so this power switch for the amperage is not going to be used today because that where I’m going to actually be changing on the foot switch on this machine the pre flow on this is how much gas comes out ahead of time i have my pre flow cat cranked up a little higher than I would for steel turn to see you guys can see you go so I’m I pre-flood set up a little higher a 2.4 seconds if I was doing steel I private down and more like point two seconds so we have some additional gas coming out that’s flowing over top of our well before we actually initiate an ark to give us just next to a little bit of cleaning Queen area to work we have the post flow here i also have that turned up to about four seconds again with the women on its more susceptible to cracking or to having contaminants get into the world after you are done welding so I like to have a little bit of post flow having a little longer than I would for steel on that so that’s set of four seconds the last one here which is the the knob it’s pretty important when you’re doing aluminum on this machine we have it called the clearance effect or it could be the AC balance control on some machines it’s called so what this is doing is you’re changing how long it’s going from electro positive to negative you can actually change how long it’s hanging on those basically so the the quickest way to remember this if you guys are just starting out the mor- we’re going to go here the tighter of an arc we’re going to get its gonna have more penetration but it’s going to have less Queen effects i’m going to show you guys that underhood change the settings a little bit so you can see if we go more towards the positive side it’s going to give us a bigger cleaning area it’s going to be a shower more shallow of a weld as far as penetration goes it’s going to be so much greater cleaning area so depending on what your welding how clean it is how old of the metal is you may have to change this setting you really shouldn’t ever on this particular machine you should really ever go more than negative 1 negative half even that i usually keep mine hovering around negative 2 to negative three and a half so because everybody with some pretty pretty Queen metal today it’s just you know brain new aluminum we don’t really have to go too far to the positive side and keep Mike clean area nice and tight which will keep my puddle nice and tight too so I got a foot pedal have the AC side turned on and of course i have switched onto the ticket that’s what we’re doing today and forgive welding gas we have a hundred percent argon so well that turned on at the Machine pretty much already set up with my clearance effect like i said at negative 3 and a half and all my pre and post flows so we’re gonna go over here i’m going straight cleaning the metal and then we’ll just do some underhood shots and change some of the settings so you guys can really see the difference that just making a couple of the couple of these settings can make on your on your world peace so I’ve just a scrap piece here that looks you know it’s fairly clean generally speaking that’s a pretty clean piece of a woman although it’s not all greasy or anything like that but it the women even something like this at on the surface layer and has some oxidation that’s actually going to that needs to be removed before we start welding on this because this is pretty Queen over all I can use just a scotch-brite or a scuff pad depending on what you have this is our green more aggressive one that we that we offer are scuff pads i like to use that and then you can use the llovio c-print pre so the key is using the llovio see that’s because the the llovio supre does not have any type of chemical in it it’s going to cause issues what if there’s a residual pretty left on the panel it’s not going to burn off and cause like a toxic toxic gas to come off so if you use a break between our standard pre is the same way as far as welding goes you don’t want to use it break Queen chassis Queen any other heavier cleaners you don’t want to use those if you’re welding because they can burn off and cause a gas that’s not good for you so I like to use the llovio cp3 here and I’m going through some gloves on I don’t have any rubber ones here and I’m just going to scuff this area up to show you what the difference just in doing this does to a workpiece you can also use a wire brushed stainless wire brush which we offer you can use a stainless wire brush as well I just make sure you dedicate your wire brushes to steel and stainless you don’t want to intermix them if it all possible so here’s a little area queen and see the difference is actually not nearly as shiny as more of a of a matte finish now we stuff that but that’s a good surface that’s prepped you have to be wet the pre flash off which it the will v OC pre actually flashes off really quickly and from here you could you can start welding if the sits for any period of time you do need to go back and do that that process again so i’ll move this to just go and more room the torch here for you guys to see we have our gas lens kit set up on the torch and the gas lens kit here what this does is going to give us a better world are give us better gas coverage for our weld so for women and that’s pretty much a must and I gotta 116th tongue standing here today just doing some tight little welds and will check and see if we got any questions that we have before we start welding that Joe’s gonna eventually jump around here we haven’t popped up yeah we just have a couple people asked if you can go over the thickness of the metal and just what your settings are you okay well yeah we’ll go over our settings real quick again before in there and there is a chart on top to help right yeah ya are our machine does that already makes good mention here there’s a chart and a joke and probably get up from above here we have a chart that kind of gives you a starting point for how to set your machine up if you guys are just starting out you cannot you can you can check that and set the Machine up I’ve been doing this for a while I kind of know despite you know about where to set everything and this is just a starting point on this machine so you can adjust it and change it from there depending on the type of metal your welding or your preferences you may want something to be a little different so quickly my settings the average on the pedal here i think i have 1 110 is my so here’s a here’s the pedal have the max amperage set about 110 so when I click on the when I pushed on this pedal a wide-open throttle you have a hundred 10 amps we can bleed that off all the way down to probably like 10 amps are so it comes in at all the way up to 110 so that’s what I have that set at the clearance of factor AC balance control again i have that set at about three and a half four negative three and a half four that’s going to give me a real tight small cleaning area but a real tight puddle and and down at the post flow we got four seconds and the pre flow we have point four seconds for the priests well so i’m going to talk you guys through it as I’m welding i’ll tell you the different things that are happening so you can you can kind of see it hear it as I’ve seen as you’re watching you can see what I’m doing so Joe’s got a fancy lens he puts on the camera here so you guys can actually see what’s going on and i’ll get set up here when the metal is that we have here is about a quarter inch aluminum that we have here actually now it’s a little thinner yeah if you’re if you’re good I’m good on that we’re going to do some welding again guys feel free to throw questions out here and many questions as we’re doing this if I skip over something you feel free to drop us a question in the comments and we will we’ll answer them for you alright so first thing here is we’re going to going to start York there’s little pre flow there ahead of time and i only got the pedal on about the quarter half way you can see it’s just dancing around what’s doing i’m going to move it around the eyes can see let’s see how it’s cleaning that’s what it’s doing its dancing around and it’s cleaning off with the off the metal you don’t need to do this as much when you’re generally well you guys want to show you guys now I’m going to ease it on the pedal you’re going to start seen a public forum now when it shine now I’m ready actually well what I like to do is you can see this machine doesn’t have a pulse I pump the pedal down when I want to add filler rod and this dippin I’m moving so you don’t have to pump the pedal but it helps keep the feet under control on the panel and as the panel heats up you may have to reduce your pedal a little bit can get up to the panel at the end they have one dad and step back and off the pedal real swell I’m going to move away from the center of the puddle that dance around and kind of solidify and then the left pedal post flow now I can take my hand away so Joe could probably get a shot here quotes I know it’s a little bit of a pain form but we’re going to kind of go back and forth your little bit today you can see here the queening effect that was going on now in the beginning here I was dancing around just showing you guys how it cleans you know that’s excessive here you don’t really need no we need to do that we can see once we’re actually moving how tight the cleaning areas really tight on the puddle metal needs to be pretty darn clean if there’s any contaminants in its going to show up it’s going to get in there and here at the end you can see the Queen area is larger because I was dancing around and trying to keep it from letting off the pedal too quickly and i stopped the ark aside there and you can go if you go even a little bit slower than that you can you can get rid of any little creators there that’s off to the side there so should split down our puddle so what I’m going to do now is I’m gonna turn the clearance effect here up to go up to negative 2 here going to go up to negative 2 clearance affects what this is going to do is give us a little a wider cleaning area and also a wider puddle as Joe’s getting set up we can have Randy check on some questions I don’t know if we have anything else that came through during that why are you bringing back project pile house wow there’s a lot yannick erotic yeah idea he’s either i don’t I me must be a big pileup powerhouse I think that’s sitting in my house and we got two projects you’re going right now the camaro and the Corvair that are just as intensive of metalwork and family knows so that’s at home trying to just need to finish bodywork on that thing and get moving that’s my 2017 resolution one of the many so if you want to get your your feed area your fix for projects make sure you follow along with some of the videos were doing with the camaro and the Corvair Cody’s got his hands full with the the camaro we’ve been doing some lives occasionally with that too alright ready Joe ready man mm so gonna let it dance around i’m going to go a little quicker this time well I’m pumping the pedal when I want to add Garad just to keep that part under control so it doesn’t get too hot and we’re burning through well now we can dance around at the end here off the amperage one last little bad go off to the side slowly went off your shuttle now let our gas cool right now we can take her or torture way here so you could see like that alright so you can see up above here we were pretty far in a negative side you know get ignore that was shown in the beginning but see how tight it is there versus here it’s it’s a little bit larger the cleaning areas a bit larger that’s probably a little better on this one that’s a more comfortable spot they have a little room for if there’s anything in the middle it’s going to clean a little bit around it so you can see the difference there so what I’m going to do is I’m going to jump up again to a little more towards the positive side here alright so i’m going to jump up here too negative hat half point five and we’re going to do the same thing again i will show you the difference here we get that far and I’m going to do one final one after this I’m going to show you what happens when you go too far to the positive side alright ready again Joe glory see the Queen areas huge still love you I’m not pumping the met hello as much on this one is heating up a bigger area and I don’t have to dance off side here slowly let off the gas well so we got a bigger queening area are puddles getting more fat because it’s heating up a bigger wider area you can see that the puddle is is wider and also the cleaning area is much larger so we’re negative half here again this is this is pretty good metal so it’s not too crazy but what I don’t know if we can get a shot here what starts happening it’s so i want to show you guys when you start when you start changing the going to for positive you’re going to start seeing a ball the tip up here anyway and see it’s put a little ball on the tip here so with all the originally with equality and transformer machines he had it when you’re welding on ec2 have to set a ball on the tip here and do that with the transformer machines you don’t necessarily i’m sorry the inverter machines like this machine you don’t necessarily have to do that and well with a more sharp of a point I’m going to go and now we’re going to go out of whack here and we’re gonna go to +1 it should be fun and now you’re fun they’re dangerous for Joe just its gonna not look great act all crazy so we’re going to do one more will show you guys what this does instant when you have your settings incorrect able to for positive here another one we already do see what’s happening is actually burning the electrode away and I can’t even I can’t get a photo of the form give up already so what’s happening there is it’s putting the heat all into your torch into into the tungsten and what it did is it actually burned off part of the old the lecture to the tungsten and started burning back and we’ll show you that the typically lectured here so this ball up what it was doing was burning back i actually had to pull this back out here to show you guys but it burned back into the torch and also what happens that actually dropped will get here it actually drop the piece of the tungsten into the weld and immediately contaminated this well here so you can see all this junk here in the weld and we got that residue around and you just couldn’t get it to actually start an arc that’s what happens so if you guys are fighting with welding aluminum and you’re having something like that happen make sure you check your clearance effector Basie balance control if you have it set kind of at a whack it’s going to start doing that it’s gonna start burning away your tungsten and you can even drop a piece in there if it’s if it’s that unstable or that hot drop a piece in if you’re seeing this happen stop don’t continue don’t try and keep don’t try and continue to weld it’s just going to cause a mess so this here is kind of a little bit of a ball and on the on the tungsten I I don’t like that so i would probably cut that off or grind it off and andrey sharpen it to a little more of a point you can see other burning back yeah so it’s pretty crazy when you got that setting now all we did was when we were at negative half and i went to positive half so we went just one setting up and that’s the difference that made from doing a half-decent stable weld something that’s not even you can’t even work on so I see that far too often we’re beginners have their machine they don’t pay enough attention to the clearance effective bait balance control and you know they’re they’re sending us photos like that thinking is a problem with the welder and it’s it’s just a little tweak your settings and you guys are ready to go so that’s some of that the ins and outs to it check one more time for any question if we start putting anyway what’s that i’m james brown on brown yeah you must be the Godfather TIG welding and he would like to see the difference you like didn’t know could you well done the dirty part of the metal yeah so I’ll see what it looks like sure yeah he’s here to the good and while you’re at it or we have a question on facebook as well from somebody who has a TIG welder and says they love it they want to know if your when you stop welding are you stopping off to the side of the puddle and if so why ok so we yes James we will show you i’ll do a little section here riding clean it will show you that and I’ll talk about that so just hold on a second no answer the other one first one we’re getting back into position here the question was about how was like ending the arc to the the puddle I was terminating off of the center of the puddle yes I was doing that one of the reasons i like to do that is because if you terminate the center of that puddle there and you come off too quickly you can leave a crater and if you go even far too quickly that can create just little tiny cracks in the world that can then break right through the center that well so if this if you imagine this was a weld joint where we were welding on like a butt weld if we got a creator there right on the center of that it might be prone to cracking and go right through the center your weld so by going off to the side it’s giving a little area where we know that it’s nice and solid the world is good in the center of the of the area we’re welding on the joint let’s go off to the side a little bit and let it terminate the ark there and dance around and then we come off of the panel so yes I was going to the side of dramatizing it a little bit for you guys you could really see but i always do try and just go just a little down or above my puddle on at the end to let it I just slowly back off the amperage so that’s just trying to keep the Creator control so that we don’t get those creators or cracks so I got the will get one more other studio quick we have to set up under the hood now the one thing I’ll mention is because this is fairly this is new metal this isn’t a dirty old piece this metal is half decent where I could probably play with the clearance you understood ok i could probably play with the clearance effect and I could I could compensate for the not cleaning the metal on this but i’ll turn it down Bob Greene in our store is what is currently watching cool and he said the positive clearance effect he’s glad you’re covering it is on what problems he sees when people claim to have an issue with a welder do you have the clearance effects that can yes so so Bob’s oh you know what I gotta grind this all right if you’re watching but you’re right maybe try to upsell something that we try to help sell something out there in the store maybe hey nigga just you know just just helping glad you’re watching now so Bob works in our pots down story we have three retail stores if you guys don’t know that and parma ohio alsip illinois and here at our headquarters in pottstown and pops one of the one of the guys works in a store there one of our he’s a legend in pots counties and towns there now yes if you come in the store you talk to Bob but Bob Bob does a lot of trouble shooting over welders to give sees what you guys are going through you know people can walk in the store and you know we’ll take your right back in our workshop and show you you know possibly what you’re doing wrong or even test your water and see if there is an issue and we can replace the right on the spotter get you set up so all right so i gotta turn I got the clearance effect turned really for positive to kind of help with showing you what will happen when the metals to dirty and I’m going to work down here at the bottom and whatever jose ready we’re going to get a little under hood shot here ok so you could see I don’t know if you guys can see that it lets you see some dirt floating in the water contaminants floating right and apologize we’re going along especially there in the beginning but also see there’s a little black halo my helmet down the hood down i can see all right let me show you guys the greater control your Creator i was talking about i’m going to go with my hand away so two things can cause these creators not backing off of the average real fast real slow like I was showing you guys and also what I did there is i pulled my hand away real quick and did not allowed to have any post flow what happens here we had a really deep crater form in that panel probably so there’s a there’s a real deep crater so i did both things wrong there at the end i put my foot off the pedal real fast and pulled my hand away really quick which I find beginners do because you’re used to big welding or stick welder or other types of welding where you don’t need to keep your torch over afterwards after you stop well you just pull your hand away want to see the weld take what you can’t do that this is what especially on aluminum this is what will happen and see that crater went all the way through our panel here on the backside of this panel I’ve got a almost a pin hole all the way through because we just shocked the the weld from you know being a from welding with gas covering it to know amperage and no gas at all and that’s what’s going to happen if this is over a weld seam on anything that sees any kind of vibration or or stress that crack is going to start guarantee we’ll start right there and what will happen is it looks crack and work its way right through your weld seam all the way through here and you’ll see a crack all the way through nothing we could dive into took my tele helmet no fear is the beginning of the world here to see especially right in there I don’t like I said this is fairly queen stuff this will be a lot worse if you’re welding on something that’s that’s an older part or something but could see all those little specks in there and the brown halo that’s around it that’s cuz we didn’t clean the metal so that dirt is actually it’s coming off and it’s getting into the world into the actual puddle it’s floating around in there so i was first wedding you could really see the beginning where was black specks floating around in the in the puddle that’s this dirt 14 contaminant contaminants which is not good obviously now again I could turn I could turn the clearance effect up just a little bit i could probably try and counteract that but it’s always best to clean the part as good as you can before you actually weld it so that yeah I was a great one I’m glad I could show you guys that I hear at the end any other questions we got and so I got for showing you guys stay some aluminum that is that is all the questions for today awesome well next guys for watching I this is your first time are you where you haven’t watched regularly we try and do these up broadcast now we gotta schedule going so monday tuesday wednesday at three o’clock eastern standard time we’re doing a longer version and then if you check it out in the mornings Randy’s doing some daily deals in the morning you guys in crab grab a daily deal first thing in the morning to a little libraries announcing that so but money tuesday wednesday three o’clock make sure you catch that and if you have any ideas for future broadcasts drop us a line in the comments and we’ll do our best to add to a future broadcast thanks guys for watching I’ll catch you later

19 thoughts on “How To TIG Weld Aluminum – LIVE at Eastwood – TIG 200 AC/DC Welder

  1. I see that the welding machine said Red, Purple, or green tungstens. could we use any of these and do you have to ball up the tungstens for Aluminum welding?

  2. Is AC BALANCE ONLY for welding aluminum ? Great job guys . U got me Inspired again Matt ! Loyal follower Ottawa ontario Canada

  3. I had all the settings as you did, but instead of a cleaning action… after a few seconds my aluminum and lens looked like they were covered w white powder and my tungsten turned black and tip was rounded… no cleaning or welding happened. Using an Eastwood TIG200 and 100% argon. Purple tungsten.

  4. I would recommend that to indicate the aluminum alloy and diameter you are welding and the consumable alloy (i.e. ER 5356)

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