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    Update:

    Well I got everything put together and tried it out.

    The lift start is very easy to use and I love the control the TIG gives me. All I have had time to do so far is a few tack welds on sheet metal and I am very pleased. The more serious uses will have to wait till I have more time to play with it and figure how things go with different current settings, gas nozzle sizes, etc.

    Ries, I took your suggestion about pointing both ends of the tungsten - a great idea.

    This is going to be a very useful tool for the money spent. Thanks to all for your help and suggestions.

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    What did you end up doing for your gas flow? Does the machine have a built in gas solenoid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob F. View Post
    What did you end up doing for your gas flow? Does the machine have a built in gas solenoid?
    At this time there is no solenoid. The torch connects directly to the regulator and there is a valve on the handle. Per the manual I set gas flow to 20 cu ft/hr and I roll the gas on with my thumb just prior to welding and let it run for a few seconds after.

    I did this just to try it. Those are 2 tiny finish nails welded at the tips. I held the heat on a little too long which is why it melted down so far. As I said, I need more practice.

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    They are only held in the pliers for the photo. I had clamped them in a small drill press vise with a contact bar for the ground.


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