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    Purchasing Tungsten?

    I see a wide range of pricing on 2% 3/32 Lanthanated tungsten. Is there a big quality range on this tungsten?

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    I get all mine from USA weld and have never had an issue

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    Re: Purchasing Tungsten?

    iirc, my lws charges $20 each for 2% lanth. amazon, dont remember the brand, $20 for the whole pack. 10pieces. i cant say there isn't a difference, buying the expensive stuff was a long time ago, but the amazon sourced stuff has worked as expected for me. 'balling' the lanth for use on ac is annoying and i only do it when i need a tighter arc, maybe the expensive stuff works better without balling??

    in any case i jumped in to the deep end 4 years ago, as a welding business. learned many lessons the hard way, have bought every type of tungsten there is, and i've finally settled to only buy 2% lanth. when i was still learning AC tig i would use pure, syncro 250, it balled and recovery after dipping was faster. now i pretty much only tig stainless and aluminum and from a dynasty.
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    Re: Purchasing Tungsten?

    Quote Originally Posted by rahtreelimbs View Post
    I see a wide range of pricing on 2% 3/32 Lanthanated tungsten. Is there a big quality range on this tungsten?
    Big difference
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    I have been purchasing from Midwest Tungsten on ebay and not been dissapointed.

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    Re: Purchasing Tungsten?

    Quote Originally Posted by shovelon View Post
    I have been purchasing from Midwest Tungsten on ebay and not been dissapointed.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/TIG-Welding...AAAOSwTuJYt1DS
    I use the same and buy on Amazon- same results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rahtreelimbs View Post
    I see a wide range of pricing on 2% 3/32 Lanthanated tungsten.
    You're not kidding. Most of my 3/32" 2% lanthanated tungstens have been purchased on ebay for around $20 or $22 for ten.
    Just for grins, I went on ebay and looked at prices the other day. Now you can get the same thing for less than $7.
    I couldn't pass up that price, so for $7 delivered, I tried ten. Haven't received them yet. Will report back.
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    Re: Purchasing Tungsten?

    Quote Originally Posted by shovelon View Post
    I have been purchasing from Midwest Tungsten on ebay and not been dissapointed.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/TIG-Welding...AAAOSwTuJYt1DS


    Same here actually. The paint on the tungsten seems cheaper but the tungsten works.
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    I have the purple from midwest tungsten, it's absolute crap
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamble View Post
    I have the purple from midwest tungsten, it's absolute crap
    AC or DC?
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    Re: Purchasing Tungsten?

    Quote Originally Posted by shovelon View Post
    AC or DC?
    Both suck
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    Re: Purchasing Tungsten?

    Its only one band.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VPT View Post
    Its only one band.
    ya....i'm saying it sucks on dc and sucks on ac
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    Re: Purchasing Tungsten?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelvin View Post
    You're not kidding. Most of my 3/32" 2% lanthanated tungstens have been purchased on ebay for around $20 or $22 for ten.
    Just for grins, I went on ebay and looked at prices the other day. Now you can get the same thing for less than $7.
    I couldn't pass up that price, so for $7 delivered, I tried ten. Haven't received them yet. Will report back.
    10 Pack of 3/32” 2% Lanth Tungsten for $7? Are they shipping straight from China, or a retailer here in the US? Would you mind sharing a link?
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    Re: Purchasing Tungsten?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mmock4 View Post
    10 Pack of 3/32” 2% Lanth Tungsten for $7? Are they shipping straight from China, or a retailer here in the US? Would you mind sharing a link?
    Straight from China. Goto ebay. Search tungsten 3/32" 2% lanth and sort by "price plus shipping lowest to highest." It appears several vendors are selling it for that price.

    Here ya go, $6.71 for 10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamble View Post
    ya....i'm saying it sucks on dc and sucks on ac

    Do they sound different when plugged into different power sources? I've only heard them on the radio playing on DC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VPT View Post
    Do they sound different when plugged into different power sources? I've only heard them on the radio playing on DC.
    oh that acdc...yep they suck too lol
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    Once a band starts selling its songs to advertise minivans to middle-aged accountants, you can pretty much bank on them jumping the shark into LAME

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    I use CK 2% Lanth for everything... I have been experimenting with the Arczone ArcTime Hybrid stuff lately and honestly i can't tell much difference on AC... For me on DC i cant tell any diff at all when using different colors... I think on DC the way you grind your point is a lot more important than the color.... AC is where you see the difference "i think" anyways.... Im also on inverter power sources so....

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    Re: Purchasing Tungsten?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelvin View Post
    Straight from China. Goto ebay. Search tungsten 3/32" 2% lanth and sort by "price plus shipping lowest to highest." It appears several vendors are selling it for that price.

    Here ya go, $6.71 for 10
    Damn! I paid $13.39 for a half and half pack of 1/16 and 3/32 off Aliexpress and thought that was a smokin' deal. My biggest complaint is they don't work very well after they've been dipped in the puddle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrwhoopee View Post
    Damn! I paid $13.39 for a half and half pack of 1/16 and 3/32 off Aliexpress and thought that was a smokin' deal. My biggest complaint is they don't work very well after they've been dipped in the puddle.
    That's 2% lanthanated for ya. If you can keep the tip out of the puddle it holds it's ball almost forever if you have the AC balance right. So I give E3 to beginners as they are very tolerant of being dipped.
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    Re: Purchasing Tungsten?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelvin View Post
    Straight from China. Goto ebay. Search tungsten 3/32" 2% lanth and sort by "price plus shipping lowest to highest." It appears several vendors are selling it for that price.
    OK, if you go this route, be very careful to read every word in the tungsten description. I just received my tungstens, but they are not 3/32" ... they are 0.040" or 1.0 mm.

    I just looked at my receipt (I always save ebay receipts together with the seller's original ad) and the seller, who goes by the name "shoppingleader," listed the item with the following headline:

    10pcs Tungsten TIG Welding
    Electrodes 3/32" x 7" Blue Tip
    175mm x 1.0mm


    In other words, they put two different dimensions – 3/32" and 1.0 mm – in the same ad, but they "hid" the 1.0 mm dimension as the last word in the headline, and I never even noticed it. Deceptive to say the least. So I just requested a refund, and ordered another box of 10 tungstens from another seller who had no such deceptive language in their ad...the saga continues...story at 11...

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