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    Hey guys..I've been a mechanic by trade....so familiar with sticks .torches,and migs.I was looking to revisit Al welding...did my research..I settled on the 256 combo because of the plasma option...and i love green.. Last tig machine I ran had none of these pluse options{tan.hobart) and I never really figured it out.. ..so I still have a learning curve..U tube has been very helpful.Just burning rod for now.

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    Welcome. I'm sure you will pick up TIG in no time. What kind of projects do you have in mind?
    Long arc, short arc, heliarc and in-the-dark!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robt View Post
    Hey guys..I've been a mechanic by trade....so familiar with sticks .torches,and migs.I was looking to revisit Al welding...did my research..I settled on the 256 combo because of the plasma option...and i love green.. Last tig machine I ran had none of these pluse options{tan.hobart) and I never really figured it out.. ..so I still have a learning curve..U tube has been very helpful.Just burning rod for now.
    Hate to admit it , but I want to build a 3 horse AL trailer. I'm gonna tackle some 12x14 al garage doors first. I want to run some al .045 wire through my snap on mig and see if that is a possibility cause the trailer has so many long runs make sense?

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    For sure something like a horse trailer you will want to MIG most of it, if at all possible. Maybe some of the skin details you will TIG for appearance. You might want to try a spoolgun. Most MIGs do best with a push/pull gun setup or a spoolgun for aluminum. The wire is just too soft for a push only, usually. 5356 will sometimes push, but 4043 doesn't want to.
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