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TIG Torch Gas Lens Kits

TIG Torch Gas Lens Kits

If you are looking for a TIG torch gas lens , the first thing you need to know is what style tig torch you have.

 

identify 17 or 9 20 torch collet bodies

The easiest and quickest way to identify your tig torch is to take a quick look at the collet and collet body.

If your Collet body is almost 2 inches long, then you have a 17,18,26 style tig torch.

...and if your collet body is slightly less than 1 inch long, then you have a 9 or 20 style torch. ( and a 9/20 weldmonger gas lens kit  is the kit for you)

weldmonger gas lens kit 9/20

 If you have an air cooled tig torch, odds are it's a 17 style because that a 17 style air cooled torch the most common torch that comes with a 200 amp and under tig welding machines. 

Standard cups with standard collet bodies work OK with short tungsten stickout but sometimes you really need to extend the tungsten to reach a weld.

Along with being able to use a longer stick out, Better gas shielding is a big benefit.

tig torch gas lens vs standard cup

When stainless steels and other alloys are not shielded enough, the puddle gets oxidized.

Then the puddle gets sluggish and does not flow easily.

That makes for a dark grey weld that might even lose it's stainless properties.

In other words, a weld turned dark but  polished might start rusting within a few weeks or months.

Welders who regularly work in the sanitary stainless industry can not afford to get a bad reputation from stainless welds that rust later.

The #8 stubby gas lens does a much better job than a standard #8 cup with the tungsten extended 1/2" on both.

And a jazzy  #10 cup with secondary diffuser screens will work even better than the #8 cup  making a very clean weld with very little discoloration.

Discoloration on plain carbon steel weld might not be a problem at all.

But excessive discoloration on a stainless weld can compromise the stainless properties.

A tig torch gas lens kit can help.

The very first upgrade I recommend for an air cooled 17 style tig torch is our Weldmonger Stubby gas lens kit

weldmonger stubby gas lens kit

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