Not really about the tungsten sharpener

by MAS
(NY)

I am just learning TIG and other welding.I was wondering more about the angle or taper of the electrode.The more experienced welders at work use a small or short taper about 1/8" to maybe 3/16" long and another guy tapers it to about 1/4 " long.Does this actually matter or is it just a personal preference? I have tried both ways and really have not noticed any difference, but I am just starting out and wouldn't be able to tell if there was a difference.


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It makes a difference...just not much.

long tapers are better for thin metal and low amps,

short tapers are better for thicker metal and higher amps,

hope this helps,

jody

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