Is Your TIG Welding Torch Subpar?


Practical Welding Today coverA quality weld starts with a quality TIG Welding Torch, which means quality materials manufactured by reputable companies who value craftsmanship.

In our latest article, “What’s inside your GTAW torch?:  What you don’t know about torch components could hurt your weld”  for Practical Welding Today‘s March/April 2016 issue, we give you the run-down on what to look for in a quality torch, and what to look for in your torch before you lay your first bead.

And check out the cover of Practical Welding Today!  That’s  Nick Mishler from Mishler Made Fabrication in Michigan–one of the AZ Pro Partners!

Here’s some highlights from the article:

“Even if you have a top-quality GTAW torch, you’ll want to make sure you do a preweld check before embarking on any high-purity welding.”

TIG Welding Torch Cutaway View

This TIG torch is from a sales kit that Arc-Zone’s Jim Watson used to carry around back when he worked for Weldcraft

Check Your TIG Welding Torch

Regular inspection of your TIG torch will ensure a quality weld and minimize the opportunity for atmosphere contamination, inconsistent gas flow, gas and water leaks,  This is especially important in high-purity welding applications.

Shield Gas Flow Tester for TIG, MIG and Plasma Arc Welding

Shield gas flow tester

You’ll want to check components, make sure everything fits well and that  your lead sets are well-constructed and hoses are properly crimped.

Test gas flow with a Shield Gas Flow Tester, this will help identify if there are any problems within your TIG Torch. Proper gas flow is integral to keeping atmosphere contamination out of your weld, especially when welding materials like titanium and stainless steel.

Optimizing Performance for your TIG Welding Torch

Gas lens collet body for TIG welding torch

Gas lens collet body

We always recommend using  a gas lens collet body for all applications, but it is imperative for high-purity welding…. it allows the torch to run cooler, your tungsten electrode will last longer.

With a gas lens collet body  you’ll get a better-quality weld using less shielding gas.  It’s the best $7 you’ll ever spend.



TIG Torch with medium back cap and hoses and power cable bundled

We also recommend using a medium or short back cap–long caps are convenient but can cause your shield gas flow to be inconsistent.  Find the medium back cap for your Medium Back Cap For 9/20/CS310 (2-Series) TIG Torches or the Medium Back Cap For 17/18/26/CS300/CS410 (3-Series) TIG Torches in the webstore.

And be sure to bundle your welding hoses and power cables in a cable cover. This will keep your gas and water hoses and your power cables from becoming tangled and will protect them from damage.


For more about your TIG welding torch and how improper construction and poor quality materials can affect your weld, read the whole article over at Practical Welding Today.

And if you need help choosing a torch, and the best accessories for your welding application, visit the webstore and/or contact one of our welding savvy customer care team members at 800-944-2243 (toll free) or 760-931-1500 (world wide).  Or stop by! Our Showroom is like no other.


Arc-Zone’s Retail Showroom at 2091 Las Palmas Drive Suite F Carlsbad, CA 92011



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