View Full Version : tig foot or finger control
11-23-2005, 03:09 PM
i am going to be buying an amperage control for my dynasty200dx. before i start looking i want to know what people find easier to use, foot or finger controls. foot controls seem like the easiest to use but i am unsure. all input is welcome.
11-23-2005, 03:18 PM
Foot first, then if you need to crawl under a car or something you might need a hand control IMHO.
11-23-2005, 04:20 PM
I agree. I have both and the foot control gets most of the use.
11-23-2005, 04:49 PM
i get better looking welds with the foot control on nearly the same machine you've got, but the finger control is clutch when you don't have the ability to work at a bench. get both, but i'd get the finger control if i could only have one; it's more versatile imo.
11-23-2005, 04:53 PM
thanx for all your input. i guess i'll be buying a finger control.
11-23-2005, 05:13 PM
I wouldn't suggest getting the Miller one then. There are other hand amptrols out there, like from C/K that work better from what I've read.
11-23-2005, 05:16 PM
i was planning on getting a control from c/k anyways.
11-23-2005, 06:25 PM
i've got the miller, works well for me! can't speak for the other one. if you're on long isalnd you're welcome to test drive it.
11-23-2005, 06:37 PM
happy thanksgiving. ide love to test it out but i live in florida. i have a c/k torch and i think that the c/k fits it better then the miller would. i'll try and find someone around my area that has one but there arent alot of people around my area that weld.
11-23-2005, 06:51 PM
I've got the Miller finger control, (up & down), & it works good for me...You can try it if you want, about 1/2 the distance, I'm in Tennessee. :)
Too much out of position for the foot control to work, & changing back & forth is a PITA.
11-23-2005, 07:37 PM
Good to see more Tennessee guys in here, Frank!!
I have both foot and finger controls. The foot control is hard to beat if you're sitting at a workbench. Just the same, the hand control is like leaving a ball and chain behind, if you have to work on something large that you're moving around to build.
11-23-2005, 07:44 PM
I have the finger control but use the foot pedal 98% of the time.
I think I bought the wrong finger control....I wish it was set up opposite from the way it is - maybe that's why I don't use it much.
11-23-2005, 09:37 PM
When I bought my tig welder it didn't have a control with it. My first project was making some chain boxes for a AL headache rack on a big rig. With all that climbing around a foot control would be useless so I went with the lincolin fingertip (Lincoln welder). The fingertip makes the torch kind of bulky when you don't need it though so I got a foot pedal too. On ebay you can find pedals cheap. I paid $65 for mine brand new shipped to the door ( Airgas wanted $265).
11-23-2005, 10:19 PM
i am learning to tig on my new maxster 150stl and i hate the thumb wheel... most of the time i just unplug it and run without.
ps. if anyone wants the darn thing i would sell for a deal! then i could go with a foot controll.
11-24-2005, 09:13 AM
11-24-2005, 11:42 AM
ok. well, i still dont know about which on to get. its kind of controverical between the two. i will be sitting at a work table almost all of the time but my table isnt that large. there are some times i may not be at one and the finger control would seem best. however with how much people use their foot control more and get better results, this might be best. i'm still unshure of what to but so i'll add a poll to this. :confused: :confused: :confused:
I got both types to handle whatever situation I find myself in.
I find the ball-and-chain analogy to be a good (foot control) description if you are often changing positions. But it does seem to offer the best control (imo). So, I tend to use the foot control whenever possible, but switch to finger-type only when it's necessary.
11-25-2005, 10:02 PM
Foot control for the bench work...fine detail work doesn't get it with a finger control...the finger control is good for out of position work, like lying on your back under a vehicle....but like most of the guys have said the majority of your work with TIG is usually at the bench.