Category Archives: What’s The Difference?

What’s All the Buzz about Specialty Monster™ TIG Cups?

Q:  Why have flooding cups caught the attention of TIG welders across the globe?

A:  The simple answer is better shield gas coverage. A Monster™ Nozzle, with a wider diameter orifice, offers improved coverage of the arc zone which reduces contamination of the weld puddle and decreases post-weld clean-up time.

Q:  Are they really worth the extra coin?

A:  It depends. For TIG purists and anyone whose work wants to pass X-ray or who hates to a messy clean-up job, the Monster™ Nozzle is the perfect ace in their kit box. It’s not for those who are paid to hurry up and finish, regardless of how the weld looks or the inclusions left behind in the puddle.

The Proof is in the Puddle™

Below is a comparison of Arc-Zone’s Monster™ Nozzle vs. a standard gas lens. The ArcTime™ tungsten, amperage, gas flow, torch angle, pulse setting, and tungsten stick-out are exactly the same on each weld.

monster nozzle for TIG welding

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MIG vs TIG WELDING

MIG vs TIG Welding

Brief History

Tungsten inert gas (TIG / GTAW) and metal inert gas (MIG / GMAW) welding are both welding techniques developed in the early 1940’s in response to increased demand for weaponry. TIG was primarily developed for the aircraft industry while MIG was developed to increase the speed of weapon production.

Basics

TIG welding uses a tungsten electrode that is not consumed during the welding process. TIG welding uses argon, a mix of argon and hydrogen, or an argon and helium gas mix to provide shielding. TIG welding is recommended for materials such as magnesium, aluminum and copper alloys, and thin pieces of stainless steel.

On the other hand, MIG welding works well on steels because it is one of the fastest types of welding processes available. MIG welding uses a metal electrode that doubles as filler material for the weld and is consumed during the process. In MIG welding, argon gas is used alone or in combination with oxygen, carbon dioxide, or helium.

Benefits of TIG Welding

  • Produces better quality welds
  • Welder has precise control of the heat of the electrode, which causes fewer distortions
  • No splatter produced
  • Welds can be made with or without filler metal
  • Has a lower deposition rate

Benefits of MIG Welding

  • Longer welds without stops and starts increase productivity
  • Cheaper welders
  • Easier to learn and good for home use
  • Less cleanup required 

Considerations

Overall, TIG welding is more difficult than MIG welding because tighter tolerances have to be maintained between the electrode, the filler rod, and the work piece.  Although MIG welding may be less complicated, TIG welding produces superior quality welds. At the end of the day, it depends what kind of welding job you need done.

Find out more information at Arc-Zone.com on:

*MIG Guns

*TIG Torches

*Gas Mixers

What are your thoughts on MIG vs TIG welding? Is there something you want to add? Share your thoughts with us below!

 

Easy Hook Ups: Quick Tips For Connecting Your TIG Torch

Whether you’re new to TIG Welding, or a master fabricator, the myriad adapters, connectors and couplers on the market can be overwhelming.  To complicate matters further, over the years manufacturers changed the design of their welding machines, taking advantage of inverter technology and streamlining the options. There are many different styles of machines in the field today; these tips will make hooking up your TIG/GTAW torch to any machine easy.

1. Know Your Welding Machine

To properly hook up your TIG torch to your welding machine, the first thing you need to know is what kind of connection your machine supports.  With older power supplies the TIG torch bolts onto the machine via a threaded stud terminal on the front panel of the power supply.  Newer welding machines make use of an international style Dinse connector which is a twist-locking quick disconnect system.

Miller Dynasty TIG machine

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Product Spotlight: Pre-Ground Tungsten Electrodes

Precision Ground Tungsten Electrodes Minimize Production Variables
Maximize your welding operations by using the best performing tungsten electrodes available! Consistent finish, exceptional quality electrodes that meet or exceed ISO 6848 and AWS A5.12 standards.
Our precision CNC pre-ground electrodes will let you enjoy enhanced weld quality and consistency. Precision ground — or — polished to your specifications — never worry again about inconsistent tungsten electrodes. Arc-Zone.com® delivers pre-ground electrodes for your orbital and “high-purity” automated applications, mechanized TIG welding, micro TIG welding, and plasma arc welding applications.
We stock pre-ground tungsten electrodes for Weldcraft® WP-125 (MT-125) and WP-50 Micro TIG torches, and for your Thermal Dynamics® Plasma Arc Welding Torches. Ready for immediate delivery — We can work with you to schedule deliveries based on your production demands.
Precise… Maintain specified electrode geometry for precise welds.
Practical… Our pre-ground electrodes minimize electrode shedding.
Efficient… Use our pre-ground electrodes to eliminate the maintenance and repair of dedicated tungsten grinding equipment.
Safe… Our pre-ground electrodes help you Improve safety and eliminate electrode grinding hazards.
Cost-effective… Save time and money because there’s no need to stock bulk-quantities of expensive electrodes.
Ordering Options
Use your welding equipment manufacturer’s part number (if available)
Complete form (below) specifying, material type, length, diameter, grind angle, tip flat and finish.
If you are not sure what you need, or if you would like us to make a recommendation — take a moment to describe your welding equipment and application in the field below. Based on that information an Arc-Zone.com Plasma Arc Welding Specialist will provide you with a electrode solution engineered to improve your weld quality and productivity.
Note: Our pre-ground electrodes are produced on precision CNC grinding machines. To cover our set-up costs, we require a 50 Piece Minimum Order.

pregroundsWhen you’re welding in a production environment, you want to make sure you minimize your production variables.  And as great as some of the grinders we have are (we do have the most comprehensive line up of tungsten grinders in the industry) precision, pre-ground tungsten electrodes are definitely the way to go.  With a pre-ground tungsten electrode you’ll maximize your TIG or Plasma Arc Welding operations.  Pre-grounds  offer consistent finish, and a precision repeatability you’ll not find with a benchtop grinder.

Arc-Zone.com’s pre-grounds are made with exceptional quality electrodes that meet or exceed ISO 6848 and AWS A5.12 standards and prepared on precision CNC grinding machines.

We stock pre-ground tungsten electrodes for Weldcraft® WP-125 (MT-125) and WP-50 Micro TIG torches, and for your Thermal Dynamics® Plasma Arc Welding Torches.  Ready for immediate delivery — We can work with you to schedule deliveries based on your production demands.

  • Precise… Maintain specified electrode geometry for precise welds.
  • Practical… Our pre-ground electrodes minimize electrode shedding.
  • Efficient… Use our pre-ground electrodes to eliminate the maintenance and repair of dedicated tungsten grinding equipment.
  • Safe… Our pre-ground electrodes help you Improve safety and eliminate electrode grinding hazards.
  • Cost-effective… Save time and money because there’s no need to stock bulk-quantities of expensive electrodes.

Ordering Options

  • Use your welding equipment manufacturer’s part number (if available)
  • Complete form (below) specifying, material type, length, diameter, grind angle, tip flat and finish.
  • If you are not sure what you need, or if you would like us to make a recommendation — take a moment to describe your welding equipment and application in the field below. Based on that information an Arc-Zone.com Plasma Arc Welding Specialist will provide you with a electrode solution engineered to improve your weld quality and productivity.

Note: Our pre-ground electrodes are produced on precision CNC grinding machines. To cover our set-up costs, we require a 50 Piece Minimum Order.

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Product Spotlight: ArcTime™

ArcTime™ Brand Hybrid, One Tungsten Blend For All Materials
The Sky’s The Limit With The NEW ArcTime™ Hybrid Tungsten Electrodes!
State-of-the-Art, Non-Radioactive Tungsten Electrode Formula: For all metals, compatible with all welding machines.
Fabricators from around the world are using ArcTime™ Hybrid to improve weld-quality, lower tungsten inventory costs and minimize weld defects.  What started as “cult  product” with a few specialty manufacturers of yatch towers, aerospace parts, mountain bikes and race cars has grown into our most poular tungsten electorde product.
Professional fabricators choose ArcTime™ because of its excellent ignition properties, low burn off rate and Tip longevity. As an added bonus, ArcTime™ hybrid tungsten electrodes work well with all power sources and all metals from mild steel to titanium. The material is clearly differentiated by it’s Sky Blue™ color code.
The NEW ArcTime™ offers all that, at a price even a hobbyist or small weld shop can afford.
We are so certain that you will benefit from the new ArcTime™ Hybrid, we are offering a Unconditional Money Back Guarantee backed by our industry-leading No-Hassle Return Policy.
“You’ll notice a difference just by striking the first arc– no finer electrode exists anywhere,” says Jim Watson, president and founder of Arc-Zone.com, Inc.
ArcTime™ Hybrid Performance Tungsten Electrodes™ pass Arc-Zone.com’s 5-Point Inspection Program and are delivered complete with Arc-Zone’s popular Guide to Tungsten (pdf), and Material Safety Data Sheet (pdf) .

ArcTime™ Brand Hybrid, One Tungsten Blend For All Materials

State-of-the-Art, Non-Radioactive Tungsten Electrode Formula: For all metals, compatible with all welding machines.

arctimeFabricators from around the world are using ArcTime™ Hybrid tungsten electrodes to improve weld-quality, lower tungsten inventory costs and minimize weld defects.  What started as “cult  product” with a few specialty manufacturers of yacht towers, aerospace parts, mountain bikes and race cars has grown into our most popular tungsten electrode product.

Professional fabricators choose ArcTime™ because of its excellent ignition properties, low burn off rate and tip longevity.  In other words, this stuff lasts!

ArcTime Tungsten ElectrodesAs an added bonus, ArcTime™ hybrid tungsten electrodes work well with all power sources and all metals from mild steel to titanium. The material is clearly differentiated by it’s Sky Blue™ color code.

The NEW ArcTime™ offers all that, at a price even a hobbyist or small weld shop can afford.

We are so certain that you will benefit from the new ArcTime™ Hybrid, we are offering a Unconditional Money Back Guarantee backed by our industry-leading No-Hassle Return Policy.

“You’ll notice a difference just by striking the first arc– no finer electrode exists anywhere,” says Jim Watson, president and founder of Arc-Zone.com, Inc.

ArcTime™ Hybrid Performance Tungsten Electrodes™ pass Arc-Zone.com’s 5-Point Inspection Program and are delivered complete with Arc-Zone’s popular Guide to Tungsten (pdf), and Material Safety Data Sheet (pdf) .

See What Customers Are Saying:

Amazing TUNGSTEN. I never have to switch it out when I weld something new and the arc always strikes perfectly. I am on this for the rest of my welding days!!

Date Added: 05/14/2009 by Roger Wilcox

Some of the best large tungsten I have ever used. I am a definite believer from now on. And they set me up with a Net account in a couple of minutes. A wonderful experience.

Date Added: 05/25/2009 by Duncan Moore

We started using the ArcTime after we had some major quality issues with our tungsten supply. One of the challenges of being a government entity is the material is supplied for a variety of reasons, and most times quality is not one of them! We were using the 1.5% and 2% Lanthanated material, and it varied in performance and each supplier had a box with a different label on it which did not sit well with our welding shop instructor. We tested the ArcTime material and were very pleased with the look of the material, the supporting documentation and most importantly the performance. We do maintenance welds on Aluminum ship hulls – the ArcTime hybrid tungsten out performs all other materials, and saves us a lot of headaches. Now we can focus on welding!

HT2 Hull Technician Pacific Fleet (sent via email)

Date Added: 06/25/2008 by Arc-Zone Admin

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Try it for yourself, then tell us what YOU think!