#5 Aluminum Pro Kit - #17, 18, 26
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Important: This kit is meant for #17, #18, #26 style TIG torches. If you have a #9 or #20 style torch, click here instead.
Ever wonder why so many really good TIG welders use a #5 cup with standard collet body on aluminum?
There is a reason. In fact there are several reasons.
Not only can you save some argon, but a #5 cup can limit the etching zone and actually get better penetration than a larger cup using the same amperage. (I have proved this out with many tests.)
My good friend Roy Crumrine (@crummywelding on instagram) uses a standard #5 all the time on a #20 style water cooled torch.
But what if you don't have a water cooled torch?
That is exactly why I put this kit together for you. Not only does it shrink the size of your #17, #18, or 26 style torch, but it lets you use the small #5 cup that so many pro welders like.
An easy way to know what gas flow to use with most cups is to multiply the cup number by 2 to 3. I find that 2.5 works most of the time.
So with a #5 cup, the range is 10-15 with 12.5 being the sweet spot.
Over time, the gas savings adds up.
I have used this kit with several different torches including some torches that came with the AHP alpha tig 200, Everlast 200dx, Lincoln tig 200, and a whole bunch of air cooled CK tig torches.
It comes with a #5 cup, 3/32” collet body, 3/32” collet, 2 different style heat Shield insulators to make sure it fits all torches, and a short button end cap to help you get into tight areas.