We took one of our best TIG cup kits and made it even better
What would make our already great TIG Arsenal kit even better?
And how can we do that without increasing the price?
We asked ourselves these questions and came up with a great solution.
We added #4 thru #8 ceramic cups that work great with the Furick gas lens that is now also included in the TIG Arsenal kit.
Because there are times when are low on Argon but you still need to get a job out the door on a Sunday afternoon when the welding supply is closed.
This has happened to me more than a few times.
I have spare argon tanks but sometimes I get too busy and let myself get low.
So on a Sunday, If I am welding plain carbon steel parts that will be plated or painted anyway, I will put a #5 cup on and set my argon flow to 10 cfh to get the job done.
There is a time and a place for every cup size…and sometimes the reason to use a smaller cup is simply to save argon.
Normally I like to use bigger cups to get the best looking weld possible on stuff like stainless and 4130 chromoly.
But on some jobs, like plain carbon steel, a smaller cup is often good enough and gets the job done.
So now our Weldmonger®/ Furick Arsenal kit is even more versatile with more options....and we have them for 17,18,26 style torches as well as 9/20 style torches.
check out the NEW Weldmonger® TIG Arsenal Kit now
For most any cup size, 2.5 cfh x the cup size will get you in ball park
#4 cup - 10 cfh
#5 cup - 10-15 cfh
#6 cup - 12-18 cfh
#7 cup - 14-21 cfh
#8 cup - 16-24-cfh
Why use a #4 cup?
* save gas on flash tacks
* thin aluminum butt welds where full penetration is desired.
* Fillet welds on light gauge aluminumm
* When you need to conserve argon
I typically use an 8 for general tig welding of steels and stainless steels but sometimes the job doesn’t need that much shielding and maybe your low on argon.
I remember a few times when I was welding on a Saturday and needed to deliver a job to a customer on Monday morning.
Looked over and noticed I was running pretty low on argon and had let my spares get empty too.
Since the parts were carbon steel and were going to be black oxide treated anyway, the welds didn’t really need to be all shiny.
Stepping down to a #4 cup with only about 8cfh got the job finished without running out of argon.
Why use a 5 or 6 cup?…I like both a 5 and a 6 gas lens for aluminum. (I like to use a standard #5 cup sometimes for aluminum)
I think if so many really good tig welders like Roy Crumrine and Brad Goodman swear by the #5 standard collet body cup, then it stands to reason a #5 gas lens will also perform in a similar way except a longer stickup can be used.
I really like to use the #6 gas lens for all around aluminum welding on various joints.
Gives a bit more gas coverage for edge build up welds, filling holes, and outside corner joints and makes it a bit easier to keep the tip of the rod shielded with argon
#7 and #8 cups are a good all around size for most metals.
#8 pro clear is one of my favorites when I am filming tig welding videos because it really helps you and me both see what is going on better when I film arc shots. ( a side benefit for me is that I can see where I am going better with a clear cup).
And it provides great coverage and lets me use a longer than normal stick out.