TIG welding consumables come in a variety of types and sizes, dependant on the type of material you’re welding and its size (thickness). Then there’s the individual differences. i.e. If you’re purchasing back caps, they can be supplied as small, medium or long.
The consumables can also be split into three distinct groups:
There are many parameters you need to consider when buying TIG consumables.
The type of material(s) to be welded.
The thickness of the material to be welded.
The filler rods and their compatibility.
The type of welded joint.
The different variations of the interchangeable ‘consumable’ parts (and do they fit the torch?).
TIG Welding – Material Thickness, Current, Consumable Sizes (A rough guide):
TIG Welding – Consumable Cross Reference Guide1
This is only a guide, please refer to the manufacturers data sheets.
1 Due to the many different parameters (the type of material, its size, the type of joint, etc, etc), the table above should be considered as a very rough guide:
2 Tig filler rods are generally sold in sizes from 1.0mm and upwards (aluminium 1.6mm). If you want a smaller size wire, MIG wire is often used.
Always follow the manufacturer’s warnings, instructions, and their Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). Welding fumes and dust can affect your health.
Which Consumables Fit my TIG Torch?
There range of consumables can be purchased in different sizes, configurations, types and for different materials! Therefore, it’s important to know which parts you want. The links below give more detailed information on all the different types of part (consumables) available and the various different configurations…
TIG Torch Fittings Thread – Gas Cups (Nozzles) to Collet Body to Torch
Ceramic Cup (Nozzle) Thread
Collet Body to
This is only a guide, please refer to the manufacturers data sheets… 1 Manufacturers may use a different code, sometimes replacing the first two letters with their own combination. 2 There may be differences dependant on the gas nozzle fitted.
The Different Consumables (In more detail):
The topics listed below, will hopefully make it easier to understand what the differences are between the various TIG welding consumables, and make it easier to obtain the correct items for the job in hand.
The three distinct groups of TIG consumables: (links open in a new tab)…