However, recent Health and Safety regulations that have come into force over 2015/2016, as well as generally accepted best practices, say that Tungsten Electrodes must be sharpened in a manner where the dangerous particles of dust can be contained and not allowed to be inhaled or to enter the body.
If you as the user were to use just a standard bench grinder, you could be harmed by the Radioactive Thorium element contained in most electrodes, hence a Tungsten Grinder is a must for any company who's carrying out TIG Welding. A modern workshop should use dedicated Tungsten Grinders/Sharpeners to keep employees safe from ill Affects from Thorium and other harmful substances in the welding rod.
Yes- our Tungsten grinders will produce far better point and hence a much improved, more concentrated and accurate TIG arc when TIG welding. It will be much more consistent as these are designed for the task- a reliably sharpened tip.
The reason is I used to use a little aircraft turnbuckle cable fitting to sharpen tungsten. It only worked once you cut them in half and I really did not like that part but all I had to do was slip the electrode in the hole and let is spin freely on an 80 grit sanding disc or belt.
But for manual tig welding with a foot pedal or lift arc...You know what I am talking about.If you are the kind of welder who has already optimized your other equipment and invested in training and you are looking for that extra edge...by all means get one. If you are that guy , go ahead and get the CK worldwide Turbo sharp.
Just make sure to use a sanding disc no rougher than about 80 grit...and once you have your taper, turn the tungsten lengthwise to get the grinding marks going lengthwise. And BTW , sharpen a bunch of them so you will always have a sharp tungsten ready.
One more thing...if you are concerned about contaminating your welds with stuff that might be on the sanding disc, just light up on a piece of copper first before welding on anything. The contaminants will smoke away when the electrode gets cherry hot.
What i think of Tungsten Sharpeners?I'd love to have one, but my company wouldn't spend the money. So, i carry on using my 2.50 pin drill holder on the belt sander instead. I initially Angle grinder guard tungsten sharpenerHere's a good tip. Take your angle grinder guard off and drill a hole in it just barely bigger than the biggest tungsten you will sharpen. Put it on the Sharpening Tungsten Electrodes: A Personal OpinionI have been a machinery fabricator and welder (TIG, Stick, MIG) for 45 years, after spending the first four years of my life as my father's apprentice. Buy an expensive sharpener if you want, but ...I've always wondered what all the fuss was about to be perfectly honest. I chuck my tungsten in a keyless chuck electric drill and simply hold it up to From a safety point of viewFirst off, I'm not a welder. I'm the EH&S manager for an industrial service company. We have tig operations in 2 fixed facilities as well as multiple Uhh...I clamped a spare Dremel, with a 15 dollar diamond wheel, in a vise at about the height of my chin on my storage bench. I spin the electrode in my bare Country Boy WelderLike many of you I have been welding for 35+ years but have only recently started tig welding. While surf the web (eeeehaaaa) I saw this stilo tig pen stilo tigHi my name is Grant Otto and have bought the STILO TIG and i am very impressed ........... ---------------------------------------------------- Hi Overcomplicating Things - tungsten sharpenersI'm just a hobby welder with a Lincoln Invertec 205-T. I rarely have to sharpen my Tungsten, perhaps because the 205-T starts so easy. Or perhaps the Chem-SharpHey guys! I did a search and found very little regarding the product Chem-Sharp, so I thought I would chime in. The one quote I found regarding this Dump the overthink in the overthink can.. This works GREAT.After hours of overthinking I stumbled on something so simple it made me happy and mad at the same time. I made a guide block for a jig I was creating OrbitalXI agree with your opinion on tungsten sharpening 100%. I have had the honor to witness an "old school" welder sharpen a piece of tungsten with an oxygen-acetylene Not really about the tungsten sharpenerI am just learning TIG and other welding.I was wondering more about the angle or taper of the electrode.The more experienced welders at work use a small Body repair man, fabricatorMy uncle used to have a race car fabrication shop and when I was a little boy he would give me all of his tungstens to sharpen i would then take them over Metal Fabrication Shop OwnerWe do all sorts of welding, mostly stainless and aluminum from 1/2" down to 20 gauge sheet metal. I am the primary welder at my shop as we are a small, boilermaker from local 169Not rated yetyears ago when I started we used a torch with the tungsten held at and angle to the flame. then slowly rotate the tungsten and you will get a perfect tip sanding vs diamond sharpenerNot rated yetIve been TIG welding for about 18 years from home shops to BF Goodrich Aerospace on plane parts. Most shops dont have a diamond wheel, too spendy and I bought the stilo tig and it works goodNot rated yetI can even sharpen the tungsten with my gloves on!! Its small enough that I take it everywhere my tungsten goes. fits right in my pocket with the tungsten sharpenersNot rated yetI saw a tig torch for the first time at a sheet metal shop where I was hired as a peon. I didnt get any qualified instruction in the welding department Hand DrillNot rated yetLove the site! Great tips! I use a hand drill, chuck up the tungsten like a drill bit, give it a whirl, and then pat myself on the back for not burning GO 2 BUILDING & REPAIRS OWNERNot rated yetTig finger, best tool for tig welding aluminum. Past my cert. test for 3/8 aluminum using the tig finger. Thank you, Kevin. ------------------------------------------- PaulNot rated yetI prefer a small bench grinder (6 or 8 inch) that is dedicated for tungsten. The tungsten is chucked in a cheap electric drill. Position the tungsten against yellowlightNot rated yetI always had wandering arc with my bench grinder sharpened tungsten's. So a number of years ago I got one of these little orange HTC baby's and first one Grind underwaterNot rated yetI find that the arbor mounted diamond wheels that fit into a drill or a rotary tool (http://www.harborfreight.com/4-piece-large-diamond-grinding-wheel-set-32397.html) Click here to write your own.$9 Skil 4" Continuous Diamond Rim Blade on Angle GrinderNot rated yetI use a Skil 4" Continuous Diamond Rim Blade on my 4.5" Angle Grinder. Works great and can be picked up at Lowes for only $9. Not the smoothest grind but Eric Ballard Tig welder pipeNot rated yetyes I think the only way to sharpen tungsten is with tungsten sharpener almost impossible by hand I created my own sharpener with a keyless chuck drill Chemical sharpeners?Not rated yetWhat is your take on chemical sharpeners? ---------------------------------------------------- They work. no grinding scratches but they typically Retired Journeyman WelderNot rated yetI have always used offhand grinding for my tungsten sharpening. The only time I didn't was when I got curious about a chemical system for sharpening tungstens X welder & instructorNot rated yetTo sharpen tungsten electrodes, I purchased an inexpensive bench grinder and a 1/4" reversible electric drill with a keyless chuck. Turn grinder on, Michael Paiano- United Railing and Iron Works LimitedNot rated yetThe thing I hate about these tungsten grinders is that at some time they require maintenance that can be expensive. I would rather invest that money Just another WelderNot rated yetWow. I have been welding for 15 yrs. Mig, tig, stick, oxy acetylene. Yep i've done it all. I have used the Arc Zone Sharpeners at a few jobs. I. Truly pipe welderNot rated yetI have been welding pipe for several year now. The best thing I have found is a $20 cordless dremel tool from wal-mart and a 4" grinder. This setup has cheapest sharpenerNot rated yetI use a lousy (read - speed control rarely works) Craftsman multi-speed rotary tool (cheapo Dremel) with nothing more than a simple Forney diamond 1/8" Tonnie Borgelink ( TB Techniek Netherlands )Not rated yetCompliments to your website,i think it`s good to share experience with other welders,i am specialized in making motorcycle frames for racing use from chrome/moly Cutting TorchNot rated yetIn a pinch you can get a rough tungsten sharpening done with a cutting torch. --------------------------------------------------- I have done it. Tig ToddlerNot rated yetI am brand spanking new to welding. I am currently enrolled in a welding class at the local community college. When the class was divided I was thrown solution i useNot rated yetcheap fine grit grinding wheel, the tungsten actually wears major grooves in it. just chuck it in a cordless drill, fire up the bench grinder, and hold levermasherNot rated yetThanks for the input and articles. I'm sort of self-directed on tig training (meaning I have a machine and am teaching myself with input wherever I can Tool Maker/FabricatorNot rated yetWhat is really important about what sharpens your tungsten tig electrodes really depends on what you are welding. The sharpening angle of the tungsten First Aluminum Project - InstalledNot rated yetJody, Here are pictures of the aluminum steps for low water access, Norris Lake, TN. I wrote about them last year. They were installed in December. buggetinoNot rated yetim not a professional welder but i think they are a luxury you don't need... what i do is use a bench grinder... i chuck the tungsten into a cheap slow wm gallagherNot rated yetWell it goes like this, I have not seen any difference in sharpening tungsten , as for sharpeners if u want to throw money away go for it I do very Cheap and easy, better than a pin vise.Not rated yetI picked this one up on a chat forum, and I love it. Take a broken flex-head torch, cut the barrel and neck off, leaving the head (no cup). Use a rooster-tail, Mike/Certified nuclear welderNot rated yetYou hit it on the head bro. The sharpeners can make a difference but lets be honest we have all seen some pretty amazing welds made by old school guys sharpening tungstenNot rated yetI believe in todays world and the emphasis on safety and liability, it is probably best, for the owners sake or contractor for that matter to get a sharpener. pres.ident and head janitor, welderNot rated yetI have found that if I put the tungsten in my cordless drill and use a right angle air grinder with a new 80 or 120 grit 2" roll lock and get the right Radiation Protection SpecialistNot rated yetWe use the sharpeners at our nuclear plant due to the fact that the thorium added to tungsten is radioactive. If you throw it all over the place with a What about Chem Sharp?Not rated yetDoes this stuff work? It's called Chem Sharp. https://weldingsupply.securesites.com/cgi-bin/einstein.pl?Next::1:UNDEF:OR:terms::PN#N1 -------------------------- Pin ViseNot rated yetI liked the idea of a using the turnbuckle. I didn't have one but I had a pin vise. It's easier to control than the drill motor method.Click here to write your own.I'd use one if you bought it for me.Not rated yetI'd use one if you bought me one. It would probably give me back a little of my evening TV/Veg time. I use a little 3" grinder and a 6" cutoff saw I Drill + Bench Grider = Pointed tungstenNot rated yetAt my community college, which may be the best for welding in the country, we use a drill and a "for tungsten only" bench grinder to bring our tungsten Bench Grinder Tungsten SharpenerNot rated yetI work for a NASCAR cup team as a chassis builder. In cup shops, they are all about being clean and organized due to that fact of sponsorship appeal. We MikeNot rated yetI still use a silcon carbide wheel on a bench grinder (a cheap one, dedicated for tungstens only), but I chuck the tungsten into a battery drill and with whats the pointNot rated yetwhy would i spend money on a tungsten sharpener when it takes no time to do it by hand on my bench grinderTungsten SharpenersNot rated yetI just chuck the tungsten up in a drill and stick (screw a bolt in the grinder where the handle goes) my 4" angle grinder in the vice (with a new sanding tungsten sharpener for field workNot rated yetFor sharpening tungsten on the job, there is nothing like a 9 volt cordless drill and a 4 1/2 inch grinder with a 60 grit tiger paw/flapper disc you Carmen Electrode says....Not rated yetYou're right, tungsten electrode sharpeners aren't for everyone. Some folks like 'em because they want all the best tools in their shop. Others, like those thanks for tig videosNot rated yeti use cordless drill over fine grid stone grinder i like it cause its fast i trim 2 ends so with two tungstens i have 4Jeremy WarrenNot rated yetHey Jody. Good stuff. Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge, it makes me want to do the same. I'm British and a toolmaker by trade. I Welding Engineer and ConsultantNot rated yetLike your site alot. Just found it today. As far as Tunsten Sharpeners go, you are right on the mark. Some will catch the dust and that's a good thing Click here to write your own.enough about tungsten sharpeners..read more on tungsten electrodesShare this page:What's This?Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how..
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