View Full Version : TinMan Tech Aluminum Welding Videos?
10-12-2009, 09:49 PM
Has anyone watched the aluminum welding videos by Kent White of TinMan Tech. If so what is your opinion of them? Would you just rent them or buy them?
10-23-2009, 06:57 PM
I'd be interested in hearing any comments, too. Been eyeing those. Figured start with the first one...
Seems like I saw a bit of one of the 4130 tubing welding vids some years ago at a conference or something and thought it looked good. But wasn't interested at the time. I've liked his articles in the last couple issues of HSM.
10-23-2009, 07:27 PM
I purchased a couple of his when they were discounting the tape versions in favor of DVD's.
I have also rented a number of his from smart flix's.
All as advertised, they cover the subject matter and they have great production qualities.
Not to idiots in a garage with a video camera and a 12 pack with the sun washing out the video, or Bubba keeps getting his but crack between the subject matter and camera. As with some of the other DVD's that are sold.
Depending on what you want to do I would rent them first and see if they contain enough info that you want to by them.
You can tell the great and good vid's from the bad ones by the reviews.
I can say that I would recommend any of the tin man tech DVD's with out qualification.
10-23-2009, 08:19 PM
Thanks! I'll move that first DVD up on my list a little. ;)
11-06-2009, 01:31 AM
Nice, quality educational videos. You won't be disappointed.
11-06-2009, 03:18 PM
On a related note, has anyone attended TinManTech's 4-Day "Workshop Intensives"? The price definitely seems reasonable, but worth the trip?
12-16-2009, 08:35 PM
By a happy series of events I was able to watch the basic aluminum gas welding video and the ALCOA video from TMTech. Both were very good, but if I could get only one I'd get the basic video and the "Authentic Aluminum Gas Welding" booklet. The video covers torch setup, fluxes and fillers, and technique demonstrations in .040-.060 aluminum.
But then I was able to attend the four-day "Mastering the Torch" workshop that just ran the first weekend in December, and that was excellent. I've always considered myself passable if not really good with a torch, but those four days kicked me way ahead of where I was. We went through a logical progression from setting up the torch and then soldering, brazing, and welding copper, brass, aluminum, and steel, with some talk about stainless, too. The course didn't come anywhere close to making me an expert, but I have supplies on order to practice at home to improve on what I've learned. I'm convinced that Kent will challenge anyone who attends any of the workshops. I was certainly humbled, but I'd hate to attend something like that and just breeze through. For experts, he can pose more difficult challenges, for beginners he can simplify the exercises.
As seems to be usual for these forums, I'll throw in that I have no affiliation here other than being a satisfied and enthusiastic customer!