Can aluminum be arc welded with rod?

Got to thinking, since I already have a big AC rod welder, is there a way to stick weld aluminum, or is TIG my only choice for aluminum? I ask because I'm going to buy one more welder before my stable is full, and want to make the best choice.

I'd considered a Miller or Lincoln TIG machine for about $2500-3000.00, but I'm not sure if TIG's will weld steel. If yes, I can justify replacing my rod welder with one, but if not, I hate to spring for that much machine and not be able to do steel with it as well, and have it sit around waiting for aluminum or something small...know what I mean?

Ronnie

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Ronnie Lyons, Meridian, Idaho
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Yes you can stick weld aluminum. It works, and I have done it. It is far from my first choice for aluminum, but it does work.

TIG welds everything metal.

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Ernie Leimkuhler

Many TIG welders also have a stick functions. The Miller Synchrowaves have both TIG and stick along with choice of AC or DC.

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Gary Brady

You can gas weld aluminium just fine.

Brian

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Brian

There is no better way to weld it. Or stainless. Or pewter (yes, I've done it). Or any other weldable metal.

I have a Thermal Arc 250GTSW TIG machine which I use for almost all my welding. (I occasionally have a job for my small O/A rig.) And, BTW, my TIG is the nicest, smoothest stick welder I have ever used. This is handy when I have an outdoor job and it's breezy.

Ted

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Ted Edwards

I have the Thermal Arc 190GTS and absolutely love it. I do mostly TIG but am trying to learn stick welding. I only wish that it was AC also. The auto-sensing power supply is nice when I want to do a light job and only have 110 volts available. As I get older I really appreciate the light weight. :-)

I have never pushed it to its limits but expect that I will soon. I need to weld some 3/8" steel plates with beads about 4" long. Do you think this machine will handle it? I suspect that I should use stick for this, but would appreciate advice.

Alan

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Alan Frisbie

Thanks for the great input. Gives me a new direction to go on. Ronnie

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Ronnie Lyons, Meridian, Idaho

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