Get Comfortable and Step Up Your TIG Game
Posted: June 30, 2016 By: MattM
Step up your TIG game and take your machine to the next level, enabling you to perform stronger and better looking welds. Regardless of the capabilities of the machine that you have, if you are looking to lay down the same great looking welds over and over, you have to be comfortable in your welding position. It’s good practice to take your time to get into a comfortable position and take a dry run before you start an arc. This will tell you whether your position will enable you to complete your weld from end to end without stopping and starting.
Another secret for getting in the most comfortable position when welding is to use a torch and foot pedal that enable you weld at nearly any angle. A flexible head torch will enable you to rest your hand where it’s comfortable and position the torch head at the best angle to get the perfect weld. The flex head torch can get you into weld joints that would be once impossible with a standard fixed torch.
Space constraints with a TIG torch can also make it difficult to weld in the proper position. There are many size TIG torches on the market but the #17 torch that the Eastwood TIG 200 AC/DC comes standard with is by far the most popular for good reason. The #17 is fairly compact and can run 150-170 Amps regularly and even weld 200 Amps for shorter runs. If you’re doing intricate or low amperage work we offer a smaller #9 Mini Torch. With a button cap on the back, the #9 torch is nearly half the size of the #17 which enables you to sneak into places you once thought were impossible to fit into.
The other part of the machine that you are attached to when welding is the foot pedal. You can get into the best torch position possible but that doesn’t mean that you are able to control the pedal in the position you are in. A rocker style foot pedal enables you to rest your entire foot on the pedal and control the amperage by simply rocking your foot back and forth. This pedal enables you to stand or sit while still having all the control of your heat. Since you won’t have to hold your foot up from pushing on the pedal.
The rocker pedal also helps prevent leg fatigue. If you’re welding on a project for an extended period of time, it’s common to experience fatigue and soreness in your leg if you do not have a rocker style pedal. We now offer an upgraded rocker-style pedal for your TIG 200 to help you step up your TIG game.
A flex head torch and a rocker style foot pedal are simple upgrades you can make to your Eastwood TIG200 that will help you take your TIG skills to the next level. Get comfortable and start stacking dimes!
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