Getting ready for your new TIG welder. Part 1
If you have just bought your Everlast TIG welder, whether it is a Power i TIG 200, a Power TIG 255 EXT, or any of the Power TIG AC/DC TIG welders that we produce, you’ll probably want to make sure that you are ready to weld when your new welding machine lands on you doorstep. First, it’s a good idea to go and investigate your local welding stores. Unless you are completely isolated, there is one near you. Many people try to shop for their welding supplies at a big box store. This is not a good thing to do. You end up paying more and you have to deal with a poor selection. Establishing a relationship with your Local Welding Supply store ( also referred to as your LWS) is critical to having a satisfactory welding experience. Obviously, you’ll need to make sure that you have plenty of shielding gas on hand. Most LWS stores carry shielding gas. Purchase as large of cylinder as possible. You can expect to spend anywhere between 200.00 to 300.00 dollars on a tank filled with argon gas that is of sufficient capacity to carry you through several hours of welding. You will need at least an 80 cf tank, and if possible a 125 cf tank. Don’t opt for anything lower unless you plan on refilling your cylinder more than once a day if you are welding much of anything at all. Of course, renting or leasing a larger argon cylinder is always an option. Make sure, if you decide to purchase a cylinder that the ring on top of the cylinder has no markings. Otherwise, you could run into ownership/refill problems if you ever decide to have it filled at another supplier.