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    Hi All,

    I acquired a Lincoln Precision TIG 185 a while back and am finally getting everything set up and getting some practicing in. My torch is a 17 and I also have a water cooled torch with a cooler (20) although I haven't used it yet. The welder has pulse, which is cool to play with a bit.

    I've been working with the settings, but can't seem to find the sweet spot and keep blowing holes. I want to ask the TIG Gods what settings are generally best for welding thin walled tubing. What kind of amperage, to pulse or not to pulse, etc.?

    Any tips, advice, etc?

    Thanks in advance.

    Brandon
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    Blowing holes in your material isn't a machine settings issue, it's a technique issue. You're sitting in one spot for too long, building up too much heat and then you get the hole. Go faster. But generally you're probably going to want your amperage set ~100 amps and control it with the foot pedal from there. Some people like to fidget with their machine amperage a lot and others leave it alone and use the pedal for everything. Don't worry about the pulse for now, it's just another set of variables to chase.

    And if you haven't already, start practicing on some thick material > 1/4" thickness. This will allow you to really pour some heat into the material and figure out what in the world is going on with the whole welding process. It makes things a lot easier before you shrink it down to the size of a pencil eraser.

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    Default Re: TIG Machine Settings

    Thank you Jason. Yes I picked up some thicker material the other day and I'll start playing with it until I can get better with the technique.
    Brandon Poser
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