TFS: $12 Dollar TIG Torch Cooler

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TFS: $12 Dollar TIG Torch Cooler

As silly as it sounds - it actually works! See how you can create an inexpensive TIG torch cooler to get you by in a pinch or through a quick job. Tools & Gear We Use and Recommend Learn to TIG Weld in Our Class! Here is the pump! Say hey to Crummy on Instagram! Subscribe to The Fabrication Series for MORE! Check out the website: Like: . Follow: IG @The.Fabricator Music Bumbly March - Music to Delight by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license () Source: Artist:

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The Fabrication Series 6 months ago
Here is the pump! Other Tools & Gear We Use and Recommend
Ivo Vaher 17 hours ago
Nextime use car cooling liquid.
John H 5 days ago
Awesome idea - very redneck - love it! Won't be shelling out for a cooler, make one for 12 bucks! Great video. The only downside I see is an open bucket of water around electrical gear. I'll be going for a cooler filled with ice water and a closable lid for the clumsy twat who falls over a pencil! Thanks Justin.
jacob carolan 11 days ago
I bet for 100 dollars you could build your own 450 dollar equivalent. Have one 2 gallon water tank, with quick connect hoses. And have a separate unit with the water pump and a oil cooler off a diesel truck with 3 computer fans to move air, then rig the fans and the pump to a switch and just leave it on when the welder is on.
jacob carolan 11 days ago
Run the return line to the top of a wire triangle above the bucket with a piece of window screen stretched across it. the water runs down it spreads out giving more surface area to lose heat out of. I’ve seen it used on an old stationary field hit and miss engine. It even had a low speed fan to move air across the screen. You could rig a switch to a computer fan and do the same thing.
Phil Titus 13 days ago
My Lincoln square wave 275 ran a 5 gallon pail with a heavy duty fish pump for many years without issue. Only downside is the water gets mouldy if it sits stagnant for any stretch of time.
Taylor Macleod 19 days ago
The fish got me
R_Fab_Machining 1 month ago
Throw a bag of ice into bucket once it gets hot. Boost up the $12 cooler lol.
ircimager 1 month ago
I bet you could run it a lot hotter if you installed a PC. cooler radiator into the stream. Course that would increase the cost a bit but it would still be consoderably less expensive than a storebought tig cooler
CRAZY HORSEPOWER 1 month ago
The only issue I see here is the use of the infrared thermometer if you shoot on a refletive metal or shinny surface as you did on the aluminum coupon,water bucket you will get a false reading you can be off as much as a 150 to 250 degrees. you need a black non reflective surface to get a accurate reading.Don't believe me try it out weld something hit with a quick spray of black paint do a before and after I think you would be surprised at the results! We do this all the time when testing how hot a exhaust pipe is on DPF systems.
ZGERMAN 1 month ago
Now go to a Pic-a-part junk yard and get a radiator with electric fans and run some VTEC Honda Blue Coolant through it
Deiphobuzz 1 month ago
You could grab some computer watercooling gear. Slap together an actuall system for 100 dollars, and mount it in a computer case. I use a 3x120mm thick EK radiator, EK waterpump, EK reservoir, fitted it all in a small compouter case, 12v powerbrick, crimped on quick fittings to the hoses, and mounted them on the front. Powerbutton on top. Been working for 5 years on distilled water. I quit gaming and started welding and fabbing stuff for a campervan. So it was free to me.
PBS #007 1 month ago
please explain the set up thanks!!!
Chad Andrews 1 month ago
Dumb curiosity question: what keeps electricity from flowing through water to ground?
Mike K 2 months ago
It seems to me that a more permanent cooler setup could include an RV water pump (with built-in check valve) and accumulator tank. The RV pump will provide the pressure, and the accumulator tank will reduce the cycling of the pump motor.
Cody Terrill 2 months ago
I feel that if you were to discover a way to get a higher volume pump and hook it up to some sort of scrap radiator from a junkyard (or similar heat diffuser) in conjunction with a fan, and prime the system, you could get a lot better thermal efficiency from it. Id like to see this tested out to see if there's any significant benefits.
Cody Terrill 2 months ago
So realistically all you would need is an old beat up lawn mower and a scrap cooler w/fan. Estimated costs would be south of 250 dollars which is significantly cheaper than a cooler, and potentially much more reliable.
Cody Terrill 2 months ago
And rather than using a submerged pump, you could actually utilize the inline fuel pump and negate the bucket completely. I have a theory that you could drop the temps significantly, depending upon ambient temperatures.
Cody Terrill 2 months ago
If you run into pressure issues, you could alternatively use an oil cooler which has smaller diameter connections, and a lower profile. I feel that this could serve as a semi-permanent setup, especially if you were to use a completely sealed reservoir using a gas tank from a lawn mower.
TMoD7007 2 months ago
I built mine myself with computer watercooling components. Basicly the same with a small radiator and a fan. as a hobbyist I never had the duty cycle to ever have a problem with too much heat.
LDN Wholesale 2 months ago
A slightly better pump will work absolutely fine. I have been using a bigger one to pump contaminated water from my wash bay for several years Have the pick up about 4 from the bottom of the pit and works great, clean it out with gloves on every week or two. Use a smaller one with my parts washer as well and again works fine. Actually better than the $80 one they are supposed to use.
flyin polack 3 months ago
great hack if you have a problem with your chiller!
Doug 3 months ago
name the fish electric lol
daryl desjardins 3 months ago
I guess running the garden hose through your torch would be. free ??
TommyGun Machining 3 months ago
One thing with those infrared thermometers is that they are massively thrown off by reflections I recently inspected an epoxy coated pipe weld outside. There was a 20°C difference between epoxy surfaces and the ground back steel surfaces. This also changed depending on where you stood as it picked up your body heat Also aiming near the top of the horizontal pipe (reflecting the laser at the sky) registered as -6°C!!
laiky71 4 months ago
This is a great experiment. Getting started in TIG welding is EXPENSIVE! My first Tig cooler was some garden hose and adapter fittings to connect to the kitchen sink faucet. It worked great. I used it until I went the carbonator pump route. That would make a good video. Get a used eBay carbonator setup with tank and pump. Show how to build a proper cooler for around 100-150 bucks. Not included the price of proper coolant :)
delinquentdesign 4 months ago
I could use this while i save up to buy a real cooler about three months
FlashTechEngineering 4 months ago
Even better for free, Just connect to mains water, tig torch water inlet hose turn tap on and run the outlet to waste down the drain, you have mains water that a constant temperature as opposed to the bucket method, you also can regulate water flow rate. David from Australia 👍😜
Abec777 Hondatech 4 months ago
Use a small 30$ car radiator, a 15$ fan and a stronger pump and the ghetto cooler gets to another level.
Janus Szakazu 4 months ago
Cool video. Nice idea.
Best Racing Tips Win At The Dragstrip 5 months ago
Upgrade to a cheap Bilge pump and you can have as much flow as you'll ever need (Up to 1200 GPH).
Mini GP Racing 5 months ago
Why not an old oil cooler, better pump, fan and fan something less primitive together?
BKG Fab 5 months ago
Could you find a way to just hook up a garden hose to your water feed? Maybe Turn down the water a little for the reduction in hose size but then you’d have constant cool water and pressure
Nutcheese root 5 months ago
Will this work with Everlast PowerTIG 200DV 200amp Home use only. How much pressure can handle without being overloaded.
Roberto Viana 5 months ago
That begs the question, why are big water coolers so expensive > $1K?
Charles Blake 6 months ago
It just plain works. If you want more, lessen to Tony, throw a bag of ice in the bucket.
ewwoody wood 6 months ago
I am new to welding and I'm interested in it as a hobby. Why do the coolers cost so much. If it just needs to circulate water?
tim babeu 6 months ago
The Procon style pump is pretty normal in the commercial TIG torch coolers. They're not actually that expensive to build your own cooler.
GPS BOLADÃO 6 months ago
*YOU HAVE JUST LOST ANY CHANCE OF GETTING ANY WATER COOLER MANUFACTURER TO SUPPORT YOU* XD
idriwzrd 6 months ago
Is this a coincidence or is google tracking getting that good? I just burned up my 26 torch last weekend welding some AL ramps and was thinking about changing to a water-cooled torch and building my own cooler.
Sid Hermann 6 months ago
My old boss used the water tap and a length of garden hose the water out of the torch just watered the grass outside the shop a bit of a waste of water but it got the job done while they got there cooler fixed
Ron Dumontier 6 months ago
Just add ice? & a pond pump? Maybe. Nice video,
Chris O 6 months ago
Answering questions i didnt think to ask, but im glad i now know! +1 on thr weave video too.
NemesisRTCW 6 months ago
I have used a cheap Ebay pump with a bypass, an old pc watercooling radiator and 2 120mm fans and a 230v ac to 12dc power supply for years. Works the same as a professional unit only way cheaper. You do need the bypass as the pump puts out too much flow for the small bore hoses in a torch. This will give cavitation, noise and premature pump failure.
E Flanagan 6 months ago
Pumps up for the Thumb! When you started talking about too much heat ,I was thinking he needs a TigFinger* ! Cool video ,overall. Short ,concise ,informative !
Scott Briggs 6 months ago
Im totally going to do something like this!
Blakehx 6 months ago
Cool stuff, thanks! I would totally do this. but I'd probably use a coupon and get a pump from Harbor Freight! They're actually pretty decent if you don't get the cheapest ones (I have one that's been working for over 3 years)! The flow rate is always super exaggerated but just pay close attention to the H-Max, Max Head, Lift, etc. more is better!
Clunk49 4 months ago
That's what I use, in a clean soap bucket about 3 gal. capacity. I use RV antifreeze as the coolant and a big finned cooler with a $6 walmart fan blowing through it..for 4 years now. Seems like the pump is rated about 20ft. head/ 8.65psi. I pull the return line up so I can see the flow then go to work.280amps AC welding aluminum heads. I have to stop to let the head and coolant cool off every few minutes then get back to it.
Jack Bias 6 months ago
Videos like this are why I subscribed. great work, Justin.
Nathan Cowling 6 months ago
Brilliant vid dude, would love to see some weaves if you get the any spare time. Keep the goodness coming!
Willeexd 6 months ago
Put some large ice packs in the bucket and test if it makes a difference
Diego Ribeiro 6 months ago
This is the beauty of simple solutions, when you see you wonder why didn't have this idea before.nice and easy. I really like your work and the way you make things easier than they are. Thanks
kevin Tharp 6 months ago
Weave video!
LandRoverLife 6 months ago
This video makes me sad. Just spent $1000 on a Abicor Binzel Water Cooler and Torch with 8m lead.
Donald Marland 6 months ago
That's on my bucket list..Thanks.
Chris Renaud 6 months ago
the problem is without a radiator the water is going to get hotter and hotter the longer you weld, you can hook up a line to your sink in your house and just let it flow outside and it would work better, no pump needed or anything
Chris Renaud 6 months ago
not to say that is a good way to do it either though, haha tap water will corrode brass and copper over time, but if your welding with some $20 ebay torch who cares, right?
gary czyneski 6 months ago
hey brother: can't speak for all your viewers, but for me, I would love for your to post a video of tig weave patterns!!!
Ed Gosselin 6 months ago
$450 or $12??? Realistically, if the $12 set up gets the job done, and continues to work, why spend the $450??? Add a few bucks to the 12 and put a fan and radiator in the line.
Ed Gosselin 6 months ago
Ya. I know that's the idea, but. Wouldn't take much to make it a very inexpensive and viable piece of equipment. I've seen similar, intended for temporary fix. 35 years later, still being used with no issues 😎 Sometimes, the best way to get the expensive name brand box, is to look in the neighbors garbage. Seriously though, you're using a 100% duty cycle pump. it's cheap, but also intended to run for years. and a bucket. I saw someone else say to use a cooler. That would work better, could even put some ice in. I'm just an old farm boy/truck driver/heavy equipment operator/diesel mechanic/metal fabricator. Quite honestly, I've done some pretty sketchy emergency repairs on some things. sometimes the simplest, cheapest thing can turn out to be the best option. Oh ya. I like your $450 cooler, that's way better than the $2,000-$2,500+ that the real ones used to be!!! Probably because someone found a cheap pump and tank, put it in a box with their name on it.. And sold them.. I see the cheap pump as being kinda like the fix on the air intake on a $560k Case IH Steiger tractor. The position of the air intake sucked up too much dust, an engine air filter wouldn't make it one day. Silly farmers in eastern Oregon bent a piece of old irrigation pipe and added to it. problem solved! 6 month later, and Case IH had a contract with a private company to retrofit new tractors, for $2,500 each. Looked like same and worked the same as the farmers $25 fix.. Just saying 😎
The Fabrication Series 6 months ago
Ed Gosselin Very realistically- it's a temporary solution that has not been tested against a cooler. I'd use it only as a temp solution or emergency thing to get a real TIG cooler.
Darrick Yezak 6 months ago
Bucket of ice water.test it
thomas barlow 6 months ago
if you use an automotive fuel pump you'll have plenty of pressure and flow.
South Toledo Bend LA 6 months ago
Dude just add a block of ice and weld all day.
Ye Olde Pirate 6 months ago
dig this I aint too proud to be ghetto !
NoReallyName 6 months ago
This is pretty much the way our ancient Miller has been keeping cooler for the past few years. The warmer the water gets, the faster the bucket starts to evaporate. It's not amazing, but it definitely works fine.
Jeff Iglesias 6 months ago
I went back to watch it and it was gone 😭
Derick Hart 6 months ago
Swamp cooler pump would move the water faster and more quantity.
Michael Vargo 6 months ago
This is pretty much the set up I've been using for a while now. I used to have the water running through a small heat exchanger harvested from an old air conditioner but the pump I was using didn't have the power to push through some 60 feet of tubing in the exchanger.
Robert Dinicola 6 months ago
I have one of those pumps in a pond has been running continuously for 6 years
Keith Jurena 6 months ago
You need more flow and that pump lacks pressure to get flow. 10 feet of leads means 20 foot path of 1/8 hose. This is why coolers use gear pumps, positive displacement types which push 50+ psi. You can try a diaphragm type pump which are polymer construction so they won't have issues with high frequency emission during AC GTAW
Bram Ruijter 1 month ago
Because.? Did you not watch the video? It works. No problemo. This means enough flow, no hf problems.
Magnus 6 months ago
What was the ambient temp in the shop Justin? Using a 'bucket' that dissipate heat would improve the 'system'. Larger volume of water also would help. Main problem is when you got the water to warm to be efficient it will take a long time to let it cool.
Joe Miner 6 months ago
what about adding ice. don't know anything about Tig welding so don't get upset if it is an ubserd idea. as always thank you for the video.
David Earnest 6 months ago
Drop a bag of ice in the bucket. see some cooling performance improvement..
usagi1969 6 months ago
So how did you make it actually?
Shawn Henson 6 months ago
Thanks for doing this. Been thinking about throwing something like this together. Just recently got a hf a/c machine. Not ready to throw down for a cooler. Also, glad to hear that there's a cooler available for $400.
Paul Jackson 6 months ago
Careful Justin, if you keep that up you'll anger the Welding Gods!
Paul Morrey 6 months ago
Thumbs up for the dab video Thanks
Troy Morrison 6 months ago
Hey Justin , really cool vid mate well done but i would really like to see a vid dedicated to weaving , I've been teaching myself with the help of short vids from the weave king himself on instagram dabswellington and would love to see some and hear some advice from you as well. Especially things like the tri weave etc. Any how keep up the great work mate , Cheers from Australia Troy
VintageSpeed Garage 6 months ago
would like to see a comparison to the Everlast cooler, saying one heat exchanger is more ghetto than another heat exchanger without numbers is just opinion. if the bucket had a lid and a better pump and was plugged into the welder instead of the outlet..less ghetto ?? heat exchange is heat exchange.imho.
gianluca Dimichino 6 months ago
What would happen if u were to put a block of ice in the bucket?
The Fabrication Series 6 months ago
gianluca Dimichino It would eventually melt and overflow out of the bucket.
chadwick hayes 6 months ago
Prius electric water pumps are 12v and small easy to mount in a fuel cell or holding tank
xring222 6 months ago
This is a great video. I picked up a lot of good info. Just something to be aware of, those IR thermometers are very inaccurate on shiny materials. Anybody interested can google the reasons why, and some even have a setting to adjust to the emissivity of the material. But in my experimentation they always read low on even semi-shiny aluminum. My bet is your work pieces were much hotter than you measured there. Would love to see the weave vid!
Jesse Wright 6 months ago
Background music is distracting.
The Fabrication Series 6 months ago
Jesse Wright Turn the volume down until the music is inaudible. You should still be able to hear my voice. All the newest videos are like that (for future reference)
Robert Ross 6 months ago
Excellent video! Affordable, simple, & effective. I've got a Miller Syncrowave 210 that I'd like to try this on, but it doesn't have ports on the machine; would I be able to buy a WP-20 & just connect directly to the torch lines, or is there something else that would be needed? Thanks again!
john clark 6 months ago
i build water cooler from a motorcycle radiator with couple large cpu fans and a small round alum tank wire the fans to run constantly with a small inline 12 volt pump run off a wall plug adapter.
cec4video 6 months ago
if you use a cheap car fuel pump and a shower head on the return end a bit in the air it would work very well and the water would cool down due to evaporative cooling. depending on how much you spend on a psu a rig like that would cost about 50$ and be very reliable since car fuel pumps are pretty dependable.
Sergio Soares 6 months ago
parabens querido por fazer esse video pra economizar e baixar o custo da solda.
Making Stuff 6 months ago
Cheap and effective. I like it!
outlander330cc 6 months ago
What if I don't have $12?
Ralph Dratman 6 months ago
That is genuine creativity! Thanks so much. I think the welding field still has room for a lot of equipment and technique improvement of many different kinds. Your low-cost cooling method could be part of that story.
ed o 6 months ago
Two holes in the refrigerator that you keep your lunch in- one gallon bucket and pump in the bottom of the fridge,  and use a small copper coil in the fridge to run from the torch return water to the bucket. Works great, weld all day.Note, run your compressed air through another  copper coil in the same fridge- with a water trap on the outside, and you also have totally dry air for the shop.
525medic 6 months ago
Everlast sells water coolers too.there goes that sponsorship 😂
The Fabrication Series 6 months ago
I'm pretty sure they watched the entire video.
dieselrotor 6 months ago
To make a long story not short, My first water cooler was when I got hold of a free water cooled head and hose, turned My sears colormatic stick welder over to TIG scratch start, (DC only of course) bought a radiator and electric fan from a new Aries K that had been wrecked (Aries K cars had just came out in 88/89 ?- I'm dating Myself here) and used a sump pump (the hose outlet/inlet size fit the radiator hoses) and two tanks (the second tank was where the hose was downsized to the head. Anyway - Worked great for years and sold the set up years later for $800.00. Cost Me around $200.00 to make and used for about 4 or 5 years and bought My first AC/DC TIG machine for $4,500.
Eddie the Grouch 6 months ago
If you really want a fancy metal box with a switch use a parts washer! :P
Tara Grant 6 months ago
That is exactly what I was going to do when my TIG came with a water cooled torch!! Ended up getting an air cooled torch but still, glad to see my idea would have worked haha
Eric Davis 6 months ago
Computer Water cooling started out using pumps like this lol I know in the early 90's I used fish tank pumps and plumbing supplies and a car heater core to cool my computer it wasn't pretty but it worked
Leslie Thibodaux 6 months ago
Throw a few handfuls of ice in the bucket every now and then and pow!!!!! This will be my next cooling system!!! Thanks for the video!!!!
Equiluxe1 6 months ago
There's a project, Make an aluminium or stainless tank with quick connectors and a pump inside. That is all the cooling units are basically. You could put some fins on the outside of the tank or a row or two of pipes for extra cooling.
rivtoolfan 6 months ago
Can you do an episode on a bad ass wedding cart, and build a home for all your machines! Looks like a sloppy sak with them all stacked up and unorganized
Benjamin Müller 6 months ago
Just call the Fish Buck And a episode about dipping would be great!
tfsupp "Technical Facilities Support" 6 months ago
Love your shows thank you. Just noted you didn’t trust the inferred thermometer which I agree is only good for a guide unless you have the exact Emissivity Value of the material surface you are measuring, otherwise you can be as far out as 30 to 100deg C. For example if the thermometer you were using has a fixed Emissivity calibration of.95 the black plastic handle would be pretty accurate but the metal could be miles off. Eg. Emissivity of the surface of a material is its effectiveness in emitting energy as thermal radiation. or Emissivity is a measure of a material's radiating efficiency. An emissivity of 1.00 implies that the material is 100% efficient at radiating energy. Do not confuse this with the ability to reflect light they do not relate at all, the shininess is not relevant at all. Items like paint, water, paper and plastics the efficiency is between.9 &.95 thus any variation only gives a minor temp reading difference. But if you look at metals it’s a totally different story, Aluminum for example is between.09 Just polished no oxidation or polishes on surface and.2 normal oxidation (you can’t see it) or.4 heavily oxidised (white) so any incorrect setting on the thermometer gives a huge variation 30 to 100degC difference and you can’t tell the correct setting by looking at it, & across the surface will vary even though you can’t see the difference. The best practical way in the shop is to just give the metal a quick spray of enamel paint and the temp is read as paint and reasonably accurate within a few degrees. Good chart for metals Good chart for other I hope this info helps.
Haas 6 months ago
awesome!
numl0k 6 months ago
Absolutely nuts man, this is amazing. Punk rock welding, gettin' it done DIY style on a budget. Ain't pretty, but it works! Might work better with a metal bucket with some fins welded to it to dissipate the heat a bit more, but with the water not getting too much higher than ambient temps, I doubt there would be much difference.
Vojtěch Nekvapil 6 months ago
What about water cooling parts for PC? We have wide range of radiators, expansion tanks, pumps, fittings, etc. So closed loop cooling could be made easily fro these parts.
Shadowops365 6 months ago
What if you used ice water?🤷🏻‍♂️
Mr. greens boat tanks and aluminium welding 6 months ago
The water needs to go through radiator that has a fan blowing on it. I made a cooler using an air con radiator and fan with a 12 volt pump and aluminium tank. Never got to try it though.