Power Cable, Water & Gas Hoses
TIG Torch packages come with either a low-cost PVC vinyl plastic power cable and hose set, or a premium high-flex, non-conductive rubber. These materials were chosen because they offer superior insulation properties, and are non-conductive, which is critical in TIG welding hose construction. The picture on the left shows a braided rubber, and vinyl plastic hose.
Note: Power cables and hoses can be identified by the part number -- they typically have an "R" at the end of the part number which indicates "rubber" hose material.
Vinyl (plastic) vs. Rubber -- Which is Better?
It comes down to your budget! Arc-Zone recommends rubber power cables, water and gas hoses. Rubber cables are more durable, more flexible, and not as susceptible to melting when exposed to direct heat.
- Gas Hose machine end fitting is a "B" size, 5/8" x 18 Right-Hand thread
- Water-In Hose machine end fitting is a "B" size, 5/8" x 18 Left-Hand thread
- Power Cable/Water-return machine end fitting is a "C" size, 7/8" x 14 Left-Hand thread.