Improve Your TIG Welding Skills! Filler Rod Tips & Tricks – Eastwood

Improve Your TIG Welding Skills! Filler Rod Tips & Tricks – Eastwood


and everybody it’s matt from eastwood
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covering filler rod feeding with TIG welding so if you have anything to
wedding-related feel free to ask a question we have Randy over here you see
in some of the live broadcast in other videos he is on the computer answering
questions and if we have any live questions he’s going to feed them over to me and
i’m going to do my best to answer them for you guys so again like share comment
and we’re going to try and make this a cool little quick tech tip so today I’m
talking about filler rod and feeding the filler rod oftentimes when we work with
customers here at our retail stores we dig do take classes something that take
water beginning beginner TIG welders often struggle with is feeding the
filler rod biggest problem that I see is the use it as a crutch and you hold your
filler rod way out like this so our torch is out here at this end and
beginners tend to hold the rod way at the end their causes a lot of problems
so i want to show you guys a good technique for holding the filler rod and
give you a couple tips and tricks along the way so tip welding filler rod comes
in these little tubes here that way i have on the table you need to have filler rod that quote
as close as possible matches what you’re welding so if you’re welding just a
carbon-steel most common one that we offer that is common one you’ll find
your welding supply store as well as a PR 70 s dash two so what the little dash two on the end
there’s different numbers on the end there and they have different types of
additives that are put into the filler rod as for black of a better term that
are put into the filler rod they may four beasts for a specific goose whether
it’s something that’s metal that is more dirty or by nature the makeup of it but
there’s a bunch of different uses but the dash to was probably the most common
that you’ll find it works well for welding most any steel you’re going to
come across when you’re working on automobiles if you get into using
stainless like four exhaust systems and things of that nature ER 4043 is probably the most common most
universal that you can use and we’re just trying to turn so you guys can see
that the the tube here so there’s always on the tube it tells you what it is and
the different makes makeups also on the tubes it’s going to be hard for you guys
to see on here but there’s a little short description so if you ever had a
welding supply store you’re not sure what the numbers mean
you can read right on the tube will kind of give you an idea of what it’s best
used for but 4043 is pretty good all-around for using for welding
stainless you can also get by with using 4043 and some of the other stainless
steel rods if you have to weld cast iron so if you’re welding repairing like a
cast iron piece like a manifold or something like that you can get away
with using a stainless rod preheating the part using the stainless rod and
then letting the park cool read very slowly so you can get by with using that
that’s one of the little kind of tricky ones that you wouldn’t think around if
you use just a standard steel rod your 70s you may find its going to tend to
crack on you so using the stainless is helpful oh crap I’m sorry the first was holding
up was aluminum so jump back to our 308 sorry 4043 is the aluminum pick the
wrong rod I got a head cold and I am NOT the top of my game so 40 43 is the most
common aluminum rod that you’re going to use now weigh filler rod so this is a
type of filler rod you’re gonna use for any type of automotive again if you’re
doing some sort of intake or something like that or doing aluminum repairs
wheels things like that you can use the 40 43 you may need to step it up if
you’re using a cat if you’re doing a cast aluminum part you may have to
switch it up so this is the aluminum rod I’m sorry I
misspoke on that don’t want to confuse anybody and this is only for using a
woman on the 308 have to be confusing 308 is the common your 308’s common
stainless this is the one I was talking about that you can interchange it use it
with some cast iron repairs you can use the the 308 there’s a bunch of different
filler rods that are out there but these are the most common ones that we offer
that you’re going to find in your local welding supply store if you’re ever on
sure if you lose these tubes there a good way to hold them but if you’re ever
unsure what filler rod you have got a little stack of filler rod you’re not
going to see on camera here but there’s a little flat spot on the rod and really
fine see a good show the camera guys zoom skills are today if you look real
close to some actual like raised writing on there and they will say the type of
rod it will say like for instance this this would have the ER 70 on this side
will have the ER 70s so if you have a bunch of ride that you’re unsure about
that’s fresh rod that you haven’t melted the edge off you can look at the ride real close and
you can kind of see but i tend to keep them in the tube as much as possible
because it keeps them from corroding from sitting out in the open I don’t as well as it keeps it organized
so that’s just a big basic intro to fill rod i also another Little Miss cassette
conception I wanted to clear up is the filler rod and most commonly I hear this
with with the mild with the state the steel filler rod this is basically the same thing that’s
what’s coming out of your makes school so if you ever look at your big spool
that’s in your your MIG welder you look real close it’s probably going to have
that you are 70 right on it basically the same exact material there’s no magic
just that this is straight and cut the length versus in a spool so if you’re
ever in a pension you’re doing sheet metal or something that’s thin gauge and
you don’t have like 0 35 or similar filler rod that’s in the street length
what you can do is you can run some officers school off your MIG gun and you
can straighten it out and then use that for for TIG welding thin-gauge steel so
there’s no difference in its going to weld the same only thing I was I tend to
do is I’ll hit with a scotch-brite after i straighten it out just to make sure
but there that’s the same thing so actually the holding the filler rod will
get into that I’m going to turn the machine on I’m gonna price it down here
and show you guys and then we’re going to do a couple little welds i’m gonna
show you what the feeding the filler rod will get a couple shots on under the
hood as we would say so Joe is going to end up putting a lens on
your camera once we get to that point where you can actually see the well and
i’m going to try to show you how to feed the filler rod in and how to weigh it
into your puddle so how to feed the filler rod or how to hold it we’re not well now so I’m going to do
this without gloves to you guys can see so what I like to do this is my personal
preference i like to lay the filler rod across my middle finger there like that
to balance and i’ll turn my my hand here so you guys can see with the camera and
I put my thumb I pinch a little bit with my index
finger and my thumb in the back I kind of hold it towards the back so as
I feed i move my mom I to index and middle finger and then I pinched again
with my thumb so I grabbed and feed like that and i’m just really using the thumb
kind as a guide I’m not really putting that much pressure on it I helped push a little bit sometimes but
this is something you really are really need to practice if you’re if
you’re trying to learn how to take weld because you’re going to run into
instances aside from the technique being poor it’s going to hurt your weld you’re
going to run into instances where you’re going to need to add a lot of filler rat
rod fast so you’re filling up avoid or your welding something you’re trying to
get in and get out be real hot you may need to add filter out quick so you need
to practice so you can feed quickly and continuously like that so what I suggest
is and I joke around when we do classes is to just sit at home while you’re
watching TV grab a little piece of filler rod and
just sit there and roll in your fingers and move it just doing this over and
over again you’ll eventually get used to the emotion of feeding the filler rod it
will get more comfortable it will be second nature so when you go to well
it’s not you’re not trying to learn a bunch of things at one time so I’ve also
seen where people will put it more between the first two fingers and pinch
and move like that nothing wrong with that I like holding
it out towards it towards the edge almost like I’m holding the pencil so
kind of the same thing I’m just angling my hand differently i like to hold it
more like that but you can hold it kind of do a lobster call type deal and and
grab it just gets difficult if you practice like this if you start doing a
thinner gauge stuff we’re using that 0 35 real thing almost like McGuire that’s
what’s going to get difficult if you’re doing the co-op store call style it’s
hard to hold the rod i like using the tips of my fingers to hold its a little
more fine so go if you want to come around I’ll show real quick before we do
an actual weld will show you on the work piece here and then we’re going away a
couple oh yeah it just reminded me which question comes up on videos sometimes I
am left-handed in most things i do with writing and and throwing things that so for me when i was learning how
the world was most comfortable welding putting the torch in my left hand my
strong hand and I use the filler rod and my weekend in my right hand so this
isn’t the this isn’t the gospel you don’t have to do this I’ve had people that we’ve taught how to
weld whether they’re struggling by holding the torch and a strong hand get
on the switch hands and suddenly that it just clicks and it works so for me the
reason i like to hold the torch in my left hand I feel like I’m more dexterity
in this hand so when you’re welding at a position or welding something that’s not
just a straight piece like we’re doing today I can more easily maneuver my
wrist and I just feel like I’m more dexterity in this hand that’s why i
choose to hold the torch in this particular hand and the filler rod i
just had to teach myself how to feed it and otherwise it’s not doing too much
other than maybe twisting a little bit but if you’re having some trouble
learning and it just feels like it isn’t clicking by holding the torch in your
strong hand I just do it just do a couple runs or trying afternoon a
practice where you put the torch in your the opposite hand put your filler rod in
your strong hand and some people it works better that way it just depends on
the person it is good to practice both ways because
there’s going to be instances where you’re at a position where you just
can’t weld with the torching a strong hand so you may need to switch around so
I’ve tried every now and then sit down and practice a little bit with my other
hand and practices often as I should but wish to have the ability to weld that
way so that was that’s a good one that some of the guys told me the people have
asked on some of the youtube videos why were well you know that the filler rides
in that hand versus another I’m just left hand that’s how I hold it
so that’s a good one Randy you have any any comments or questions while Joe’s
got a sneak over then you actually have one question did you go over stainless
rod question was do well if you’re welding stainless with the take the
stainless rod can use regular rod has to fill out ok so I we had a question as far as
going over the stainless a little more in-depth can you use basically that
short of the question is do you need to use the stainless rod when you’re
welding stainless or can you use another rod if im Welling anything that I really
care about you really need to use stainless rod that’s that’s the short
answer the long is I’ve gotten away with using the you are 70s that the just a
standard carbon steel rod and it will weld stainless steel that doesn’t mean
that it will be the strength that it needs to be but you can melt the metal
that the two metals together and you can make a well so I’ve done that on exhaust
systems and things like that where maybe it’s something I’m just patching
together or I don’t have I don’t have stainless rod handy I’ve used that or a little bracket or
something but I try and use the stainless as much as possible if if you
can’t you can get away with using your 70 again it’ll melt it together but the
other thing to keep in mind that well that you use with the you are 70 that
weld is is filled with a ferrous metal that’s going to rust so you have to
remember that if you’re welding exhaust system and you use the standard steel
filler rod every one of those joints is going to rust and will rust out so it’s
not you know it’s not an end-all thing so you need to treat those areas need to
seal them up somehow with a with an exhaust exhaust paint like we offer that
will cover those areas and keep them from rusting out so the answer is yes
you can use other rods but if at all possible keep a tube of stainless rod
handy so when you’re doing the job you have the correct filler rod good that
was only when I was only question we had so we’ll get keep going again if you
have any other questions about take wedding in general or filler rod make
sure you ask like share all that good stuff and we’ll we’ll keep bringing
these to you so the actual process so i hold the
torch again hold the filler is easy to see this is my torch i hope my torch
kinda like filler rod like a pencil so I hold it
the same way i put the the hose over my arm and then I hold the torch like a
pencil this head here you can rotate so I haven’t rotated a little bit for
welding in the position welding but if you think of this takeaway that section
there and just think of this like a pencil holder kind of like a pencil like
I would write that’s just most comfortable for me holding the torch
like this or like this i’m not saying it’s wrong but that isn’t good for when
you’re doing fine detail work now if you’re doing pipe welding or something
like that you will see where guys will hold the torch more like that and they
can walk the cup like that but when you’re doing more fine work you see with
with with most people in our realm most you guys I’m figuring are probably
working on are doing automotive or motorcycle related projects you’re doing
more what i would call fine work you’re not doing a big pipeline where you’re
where you’re walking to come around a huge piece of pipe so for that i like
the whole kinda like a pencil like I’m saying I’m going to turn the torch i’m
just going to rotate this had a little bit because we have the piece turned so
that Joe can get in here and actually see the world normally I would turn the piece a little
differently but i haven’t turned here so i have my torch at a 45 and then I had
my fill rod coming in and maybe like a 10-degree angle now when you hold the
filler rod way out like I’m saying a lot of beginners do one thing you can just
see with me just for me moving my hand a little bit of shaking that I might have
in my in my right hand it’s making that filler rod bounce all over the place and
that’s not even really my hands shaking that’s just me talking and a little bit
of movement that happens it makes that filler rod bounced around so you imagine
we’re trying to weld doing a tiny little well in this piece here it’s bouncing
all over the damn place how can I so when you’re trying to add it’s going
to be bouncing all over the place you’re trying to hit a moving target the same
thing so I’m bouncing around you’re gonna end up touching dipping the rod in
there into your tongue stin we’re going to mr. it’s gonna get stuck so it’s not
good to do it like that and I’ll show you one under the hood so you can really
see so what I like to do is I like to choke up on it as much as like I would
say as much as I can but I like to choke up to the point where it’s not bouncing
around anymore but I also don’t want my hand all the way into the I don’t want
it all the way into the hot zone so i got my torch turned and i’m going to add
this right to the front of the puddle like that and I’ll move add a little more and I I don’t have to
feed this rod necessarily right away i might be able to do a handful of dips
and then once the ride starts to get short to the point where it’s coming up
the rod and I got its messing up my angle then I’ll just do a little feed
like that and then I’ll keep working like to a few dips and i’ll do another
little feed now if we were doing something where I was trying to fill a
big avoid we’re walking back and forth where I’m I’m really I’m weaving where
I’m adding a lot of filler using a lot of filler rod then I might I might
almost every dip be adding adding adding and and feeding as i go but if you hold
the piece all the way that the filler rod all the way back like this another thing that happens is you hold
the piece like this and as you’re working you’re going to end up running
up essentially you’re you’re almost I’m exaggerating but you’re running your
torch up into this filler rod because it’s at an angle so as you’re going
along this seam here you’re going to end up hitting here because it’s up at an
angle and you’re trying to angle it in like that you’re going to end up
touching the two of them so it’s good to keep it a little more flat less of an
angle and just feed the rod as you need it so you can keep that angle the same
tip tip tip and I might add add a little bit add a little more and then feed a little more and dip dip
as we go along so keep the choke up on the on the
filler rod pretty good i probably got about I don’t know six or eight inches
there that’s sticking out you can do a little more than that
depending on the rod but try not to go too far back as you’re going to lose
your accuracy another thing that I like to do a little
tip is these rods coming this long length so it’s even more exaggerated if
we’re holding this uncut piece here so pieces always showing you first that’s basically one of these cut in
half there’s no need for you to hold what this whole big piece dangled out or
if you’re holding at this end its dangling out behind you hit yourself in
the back or whatever there’s no need for that unless you’re doing a run that you
need to use up all this filler rod or most of it and one-run you’re doing a
short little past so your your stitch welding or something like that or maybe
it’s something that you need to stop because you’re at a position there’s no
harm cutting your filler rod in half and using it like that no problem at all it’s a little easier
you’ll have the weight of your filler rod bouncing off your hand that again
it’s going to affect your your accuracy the only time I do this is if I’m doing
something where I’m doing a long run we’re on filling an area where I really
got to use you know over half of this filler rod then i won’t call it but
ninety percent of the time first thing I do is I cut this rod in
half and have it sitting here to use and then you can just pick the pieces up as
you go so I also keep my short pieces like here’s one that we did a little
test run at the camera setup so i used about half this rod in the past so I
keep these laying around if I have to do some small little job I don’t throw them
away so i usually get them down to their tiny and then i’ll throw them away just use as much as you can just lunge
about burning your hands up so now we showed you guys that Joe’s
gonna move around will get set up with the lens and we’ll show you guys a
couple under the helmet and hope you guys can see we’re doing any other
questions that we got yeah we have we have a few
more questions but maybe want to get to him after after this we got a couple
minutes sure thank you guys for asking questions
we’re gonna wear to a couple of welds and hopefully it’ll maybe as i do this
it’ll help you guys understand might even answer your questions and then
we’ll hit a couple of them at the end here so I if you guys haven’t watched
any of the other ones we did a intro to take welding live video let’s say I
don’t know what it was three weeks ago or so when I went into more the basics
of just doing a weld I’m kind of skipping over that today I’m just really
showing you guys how to hold the filler rod and focus on feeding the filler rod
is what we really were narrowing down on today but if you guys have any questions
or you want some more insight on just the beginning of getting set up how to
take well best practices check out that video you can you can search up on our
youtube channel usernames Eastwood co and you can see that uh that video in
its entirety there so let’s set up here just got his lens on so i’m going to
show you one with the filler rod choked up here let me know when you’re ready
Joe alright so I’m going to try to exaggerate some of this for you guys you
can really see get my puddle started to choke up on it a little more and i’m
going to have a bunch of filler Rudd so you can see I’m kind of pointed out
of the puddle I’m not letting it hang in the pot I’m going real slow here so i
can show you guys really exaggerate the processes and that filler audience you
have to kind of suck the filler rod in now I’m getting kinda short on my filler
rod so I’m going to feed just a tiny bit there i just felt a little bit out i’m
doing 34 dips now that a little bit couple dips that a little bit so usually
when i pull back i feed a little bit now I’m just doing a quick and feed and
every time when you pull back you can do that feed and so you can see I kept the filter out
about the same length each time or the whole entire world just
to stick out for my hand that’s actually into the weld puddle is about the same
the whole entire time didn’t change and when I saw getting a little short then i
added just a little bit with my hand and kept moving so that’s kind of the
correct way for keeping the filler rod stick out on the short side let me do
another one here i’m going to hold a whole piece and let it let you see what
happens that’s hot we’re just going well right on the other
side of this piece here so what I’m going to do is what i’m showing you guys
i’m going to try and do it where the filler rod sticking out pretty far and
see see what happens but if you see yourself like this this is this is the
right all right already drawn out without stabbing you think we can get
you get a shot let me know when you’re ready alright little puddle started here and
trying to fit this in here and throughout this is hard no I’m trying to get it it’s hard to get at the touch well
that’s what’s happening it’s bouncing off the piece I’m not getting it right
into the keyhole that that weld and then and because of that I got to go really
slow so we’re heating piece up another thing is you see guys kind of hold it in
the weld joint at an angle and was run up the piece but this is what happens just hold it there that’s just poor
little pieces off it’s not really not really adding it to the well just let it
sit in there that’s not any good either little hangout so hope I got suppliers
here will show you the difference in and welds so you can see when you have when
you hang the filler rod out real far I had no accuracy the peat that the filler
rod bouncing around it’s hitting the edge of the piece it’s
it’s dipping in the end of in the puddle before I’m ready it’s just not what I want and when you
lay it into the into the weld seam had a at an angle like that you’re just you’re
just pulling little bubble little pieces off of the rod it’s not actually you’re
not feeding into the so this is our this is our peace we just did there and
jumping around all over the place surprisingly I didn’t end up with
anything on the top there when I was bouncing around that beginning section
and then this one’s got a little bit of undercut
just because of how slow is going a little bit undercut in it but that one
was with the filler rod choked up we’re going nice and slow so you guys can
really see but you can see that the puddle you know the consistency of the
of the the dabs into the into the piece much more consistent we have a lot more
control we were bouncing around there’s no pin holes or gaps in in the weld
there that’s a lot better so you get to see just visually and I wasn’t
exaggerating there in the beginning when we were done with the filler rod hanging
that was bouncing around I was trying pretty hard there keep a decent weld and
and it was really tough so that just gives you a little shows it
how you show the filler rot and feeding the filler rod hopefully that helped
helps you guys a little bit just keep that in mind when you’re welding sit at
home practice feeding the filler rod to get yourself comfortable and hopefully
we can get to the player you can really start feeding the filler islets it’s
just mechanical you know it’s not something you really think about it said
he had a couple questions that people would ask the criminal excuse me yeah um one question was about sheet
metal yes which rod and TIG welder settings
would you suggest and also lends into a couple other questions we had about how
do you know how to do the the the settings for your metal and I believe
there’s a chart maybe we want to show the okay Mona so the first question all
really good questions we got there Randy bailiffs from you guys first one is
questions about sheetmetal specifically what type of ride use pretty much all
the time i use your 70s just a standard rod now the rod that you want to use the
diameter is what is important big mistake that I see beginners people
are just starting to take well sheet metal is they use a rod that is much too
thick so the writer using today here this one we have out as 332nd but
the rod i was actually welding with was 116 this is probably the most common
ride that i use for doing let’s say medium to heavy fabrication
depending on what I’m doing what I’m doing sheet metal work which is what i really
like to do i use and 035 rod which you can get a welding supply store but the
downside is that you have to buy it and talent 10 pound packs so if you don’t
see yourself doing that much sheet metal that you were you don’t have the money
to buy a huge 10 pound pack at a time in the straight length you can take your
MIG welder spools which is of most commonly o3o but you can get the 035 and
it’s solid core not the flux core of solid core you can roll that spool out
and you can pull out the pieces and make your own straight straight filler rod
again your 70s you can you could put that out and use that on sheet metal and
then I guess we had a question about settings for sheet metal as well correct
yeah the question was how do you know what settings to use because their chart
to get started to catching the ball park so the question was is there how do we
know what settings to use for when we’re welding sheetmetal work any type of
metal really i guess that question could lend to our particular machine we try
and make life easy for you guys so we have a chart over here on the top of the
machine that will get you in the ballpark and Joe’s going to zoom in on
that for you guys that will get you in the ballpark it’s going to tell you with
what tungsten electrode you’re using the
diameter what filler rod diameter and a setting as far as the the amperage
setting where we’ll get you if you’re on aluminum it’s also going to give you the
clearance effect with AC balance it’s going to give you that that’s setting as
well that gets you close so if you’re just learning it’s always good to look
on the machine will get your pretty clothes you can set the pedal and get
yourself in that range but every start doing it for a while you kind of know
like i know that if i’m doing sheet metal I usually set my pedal around 50 to 70
amps max and then I it’s– the pedal anywhere from 30 to 40 amps 50 amps in
that range when I’m welding sheetmetal it all depends on how quick you go so the settings on the machine will get
you pretty darn close I always run a test run on a piece of
metal that’s the same thickness if possible make sure that it’s all correct
and it’s it’s how you like then start working on your project but use that
chart if you have our welder Eastwood take 200 just use that chart just to get
yourself real quick setup and then run your test piece and you will get
yourself dialed and really quickly but once you’ve done this a few times I
don’t even have to look anymore i could set the pedal and just know but you’ve
got to do a lot of welding to do that you can also do a formula to figure out
the thickness of the metal figure out the average that it takes the world but
there’s a lot of variables that can change that depending on your skill
level get Zack would like to know if big welding is stronger than mig welding so
that guests us if a question probably the most common questions we get is TIG
welding stronger than make welding the overall answer is no it’s there they’re
pretty much equal if done correctly it is the answer and each one has its own
instance where it is better so there’s times where I make water is far far
better and stronger because of the application of the job that you’re doing
right prefer mig welder TIG welding can be equally as strong but it may take
more passes because of the nature of the type of welding you’re doing where
you’re actually adding to fill around yourself it may take more passes where make you
can fill it up quicker and easier but if you prepare your well joint correctly
your settings are right your technique is correct you can take
well to MIG weld something they’re both going to be you know fairly the same and
strength but again there’s always there’s there’s always an exclusion to
that but for anything you’re doing an automotive major tick it’s going to be about the
same strength but if prep correctly and done correctly but it all comes down to
what you’re more comfortable with and what the finish is going to be a very
that now if i’m doing sheetmetal i prefer to use a TIG welder most
definitely because TIG welding is a softer well you can manipulate the metal
just as strong as far as you know how the metal is welded but the workability
is you can’t really work MIG welds as much as you can with a TIG weld so the
answer is they’re basically i’m going to be the same but they’re you know there
is instances so high like to building because it’s a little cleaner less
Sparks and everything like that West grinding when done with it with a stick
welder but that’s a good question and Reginald would like to know if TIG
welding is the best for body and fenders sheetmetal ok Reginald would like to know yes if it is
best if the body is best for auto body sheet metal fenders which cut in the
last 1i got into a little bit but yes TIG welding is probably TIG welding and
oxy-acetylene are the two best types of welding when it comes to sheetmetal work
those are the two best oxy-acetylene is the by far the softest most workable
weld but it is it is a little more difficult to do and puts more heat into
the paddle I think the TIG welding is the best because you can have a small a
small area that’s a that’s actually heated up versus a tour using
oxy-acetylene torch and it’s also almost just as workable and you can really melt
the metal together get a hundred percent fusion and what and it’ll be nice and
flat you can hammer and Dolly it you can bend it you can run it through an
English wheel and form it the same as the as the parent metal that you’re well
and so yet take wedding I would say is the best but TIG welding sheetmetal
takes a lot of practice you really got to get your control down
and really understand how to watch get your puddle control down before you
start jumping into well in a quarter panel on car so that’s a good question as well
and we’ve got one more question from YouTube what are the advantages don’t forget we
we do air this on youtube Phil what are the advantages of TIG welding over
toward welding I guess I mean gas welding yeah okay so we had a Randy
metro good thing if you guys in here that we do broadcast is also on youtube
so he’s kind of simulcast this on youtube and facebook so if you see far
youtube channel you can easily go on there watching us questions so we’re
youtube viewer that asked sorry was the differences oh ok so the advantages of guests of
torch welding which i’m going to assume they mean oxy-acetylene Welding vs TIG
welding there is advantages which I kind of alluded to in the last question when
you’re doing sheet metal type work with a torch is definitely advantages for far
as the workability of the weld after you’re done welding the disadvantages
when it comes to sheet metal with using an oxy-acetylene torch is it heats up a
much larger area are going to warp more metal using a torch just because of the
nature of it it’s going to heat up more of an area versus a TIG weld it’s gonna
be a smaller area it’s not going to work the metal as much if your technique is
good but the great thing about oxy-acetylene is it can kind of deal
with less than not the greatest atmosphere i guess you could say so if
you have a dirty piece of metal or if you’re welding outside or something like
that you can use an oxy-acetylene torch and as long as the the wind or the
elements isn’t too bad you can you can weld all the same it really doesn’t
matter where TIG welder even if i have the garage door open and in the shop and
as a gust of wind coming through it’ll blow that shielding gas away
contaminate the world we’re pretty much out of luck so it’s best it’s best to just kind of look at what
situation you’re doing it also what you’re best at I’m not a real
strong oxy-acetylene welder i usually use my oxy-acetylene more for heating
and bending and manipulating metal than welding so i usually go to the tick
torch just because I provide high like that better but there’s plenty of guys
that are really good with the oxy-acetylene and they use that because
they’re stronger with it so if you have a if you have a circumstance for outside
or the metal isn’t as Queen you can get as clean as you can like you can use a
torch and still well we’re take water could do that so you use the same filler
rod that’s all the same the techniques pretty darn similar but you have to
understand how to set up your torch so tip welding has a learning curve as
far as technique goes that’s probably steeper but oxy-acetylene a lot of
people don’t realize when you’re welding with oxy acetylene the torch setup so
your knobs your mixture is what’s really important with getting your torch set up
just right so that you get a nice clean flame and it’s a nice hot flame that you
can you can heat a small area as possible so you got to have the correct
tips and everything as well so there is some differences but I think for
automotive use take welding is generally the best vs. oxy-acetylene Welding
foremost most instances i would say it is any other going to take one more
story I don’t mind a simple one why isn’t there an auto feed for TIG
welding so someone asked a good question i kind of expected this one someone asked why isn’t there an auto
feed for TIG welding the answer is there is i’ve seen a couple of them online or
off there’s actually anything production that’s an auto feed i would say i don’t
know why there isn’t hasn’t been putting the production but the one thing I will
say is that when you’re feeding the filler rod it’s not a constant feed so
whether you’re gotta a device that you’re hitting a button that’s telling
it to feed it and it’s something holding it for you or you’re just feeding
yourself you can’t just set up a an automatic feed that it’s feeding like a MIG welder
constantly the whole time because it kind of makes it difficult with TIG
welding because there’s times when you need to add a bunch of filler rod and
then you may back off and not add as much so it’s not a constant feed all the
time that you’re doing because more than likely you’re probably not doing welding
on a bench like this was just too flat pieces of Steel you’re doing something
that’s a different shape or your door your you may need to be more filler rod
the beginning unless at the end so i don’t think it’s necessary rather than
trying to find a a tool that does it for you in that instance I think it’s better
just to teach yourself how to feed the filler rod but i have seen some some
things online that guys are I’ve made little devices to feed the full rod
that’s probably something on the market i’m just not aware of it to do that but
i think the cost is much better they’re already got this thing right
here why not just learn how to do it’s free rather buy it buy an item and i
still gotta learn how to do you still gotta push the button to turn it on and
manipulated so that’s my answer for that that’s all our questions thanks guys for
watching I’m really glad you guys are asking more questions like that bring them on any time we’re doing these
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18 thoughts on “Improve Your TIG Welding Skills! Filler Rod Tips & Tricks – Eastwood

  1. You guys have great videos on TIG welding aluminum and regular steel, can you guys do a full session just on Stainless Steel TIG welding? I know there are some things that are unique to SS like warping and not losing your corrosion protection by overheating.
    Thanks,
    Ryan (a proud owner of the TIG 200)

  2. While watching I thought of something I have been noticing. When first started TIG weld with metal at room temperature I add filler at a certain rate, but as metal heats in direction of weld I find my speed increases and feeding rod also changes. I am not sure if this happens for everyone or if I am doing something wrong. I have tried reducing the current as well to match puddle and keep a constant speed.

  3. Get video, skills, experience and production.
    a little word with repition…
    The weld filter add a lot. I see the need for hand held to shoot that shot.
    But, a little post stabilization would bring the shot to the next level. epic level.
    with the single light spot, free software would probably work well

    Peace and Thanks for Sharing
    oh yea, i am looking in to Eastwood products in a different tab!

  4. hi guys, I made myself a welding table which is also a cart for the welder and gas tubes. in order to incorporate the gas tubes in the cart/table I had to put them horizontally instead of vertically. everybody says it's a problem but they cannot explain why. so, is there a problem with putting the gas tanks this way? thanks a lot!

  5. He must be a back yarder…. Stainless is 304 308 or 316…. 4043 is aluminium rod.. But your better of using 5181 or 5356.. Higher the number the stronger.

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