How To Set Up A Tig Welder?

By LaytonLast update: 2023-08-12

TIG welder is a complicated machine, and it has taken the welding art to the next level. You can weld a wide range of metals with this welder. But, to learn and produce magic from this wizard, you must know how to set up a Tig welder.

Also, you need a top-notch AC/DC Tig welder to apply to your important projects. Check this website to find the best TIG welding machine according to your requirements if you haven't had one.

Okay, let's move to the tig welder set up process without further ado.

How to set up a tig welder: Step by Step process

You will find different types of welding machines having similar setup process with minimal variations. So, keep the instruction manual of your device while following this step-by-step procedure.

Step 01: Introduction to Tig welder parts

To properly put up a Tig, you need to have an idea about its components. A Tig welder comes with a Tig torch, gas hose, gas regulator, front-end nozzle, nozzle cap, gas-filled cylinder, foot pedal, ground clamp, and power source or welding generator. If you can synchronize all these things together, then you will get the job done. Let's see how to do this.

Step 02: Set up the TIG torch parameter

The torch setting depends on the metal type, metal thickness, and joint type of your project. Use these things as input in the TIG calculator (Download from Google Play or Apple Store), and the calculator will help you determine the gas cup size, gas flow rate, voltage, amperage rate, and tungsten size. Cool, isn't it?

Step 03: Make the Torch ready

Take the torch in your hand and insert the appropriate size of the collet into the collet body. Place the collet body in front of the torch, keeping the round edge of the collet outward. Now, add proper sized ceramic gas cup over the collet-body. Add the torch cap on the rare side of the torch carefully.

Finally, place the appropriate size and type of tungsten stick into the cup and make sure that it is securely attached to its position.

Step 04: Hook up the gas

Go near the gas cylinder and open its cap. If it is too tight, you can use a wrench to open this. Just give it a slight nudge and rotate the lid to open it. Now, blow any dirt out by letting a small amount of gas out. Also, inspect the gas regulator to ensure there are no dims in it. Connect this gas regulator with a small wrench to the cylinder.

Lastly, grab the gas hose and attach the pipe with both the gas container and back of the machine. You will find the machine's gas input hose marked clearly on the machine's back part of the body. Make sure you have secured both connections firmly with a wrench.

Step 05: Connect the ground clamp

Now, you should add the ground clamp to the machine. If you are welding a large piece of metal, you can add the clamp to that workpiece. Otherwise, you can attach the ground clamp to the work table.

To do this, take the clamping line and connect its one part to the machine's positive point as you are going to have a gas- tungsten arc welding and another clip-like clamp to the ground source. Also, keep the pipe 3-6 feet away from the welding place.

Step 06: Set up the foot pedal and attach the torch

The next thing you should do is to add the foot pedal to the welding machine. Take the foot pedal and add its one end to the machine's back. Insert it in the "control" marked hole. Make sure you have placed the pedal near your foot while welding to control the weld.

After that, insert the torch hose into the welder machine's negative port and connect its gas counterpart wire to the gas outlet.

Step 07: Turn the device on and set Set up the process

At this stage, turn the welder on by plugging the device into the nearest current socket. You will see AC by default; change this into DC by pressing the Ac/Dc button if you want. However, at this point, you have to turn the gas on now for further checking. Stand aside the cylinder and carefully turn on the gas.

Finally, you need to set the amperage, gas flow, current status(AC/DC) according to your welding requirements. Just go to the menu option manually and choose your preferred settings to start the testing process. Everything should be fine at this point, and you are ready to weld things with your Tig welder.


Congratulations! You have learned how to set up a TIG welder. Now, start practicing with your TIG Welder and become an expert metal worker. Make sure you have worn proper welding gears and an adequate current flow to avoid any welding hazard. Goodbye!

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