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Basic TIG Welding Tips For Dummies

Posted in How To on March 1, 2009
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TIG welding is one of those upper echelon fabrication skills that many home hobbyists hope to learn. Unlike MIG, stick, or any other form of welding, Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding uses a non consumable tungsten electrode to deliver the arc. Only the material to be welded and the filler rod are introduced into the weld puddle, so you can weld almost any metal with the TIG process.

Sounds good, right? So what's the catch? Why doesn't everybody and their sister have a TIG welder in their bedroom? Well, for the most part TIG welders are big, complicated, expensive monsters that can weigh up to 500 pounds and that take a degree in molten metalology to set up. Nowadays there are much smaller inverter-based machines that offer a whole slew of features and options in a lightweight, portable package, but again their complicated setup and price are prohibitive to the regular hobbyist.

Enter Miller Electric's Diversion 165. With a welding range of 10-165 amps, an easy single-dial setup, and a price that won't put you in the poor house, it's the perfect weapon for the enthusiast looking to take his welding to the next level. No need to worry about setting the initial amperage, background amperage, final slope time, final amperage, post flow, and so on. The Diversion 165 does that all for you based on the material type and thickness you're welding. So check out a few highlights with us as we explore TIG welding with Miller's newest creation.

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